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Will Mustang be the V8 Supercars Ford Future?

Saturday 25 May 2013 9:00
By: V8 Supercars

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Ford could have a future racing the iconic Mustang in the V8 Supercars championship if a proposal to allow two-door coupes to go head-to-head with the current four-door sedans gains support.

The idea, pitched by V8 Supercars board member and Red Bull Racing Australia and Triple Eight Race Engineering owner Roland Dane in a strategy paper late last year, has gained added impetus following Ford’s announcement that it will cease local manufacturing in October 2016 and kill off the iconic Falcon nameplate.

“The days of four-door medium and large saloons being main players in the market place have gone,” Dane told the automotive website motoring.com.au. “So that’s what it (the paper) is really about.”

It is understood Dane’s proposal received only limited attention form the board at the time he presented it because of the amount of issues that have beset the category of late, culminating in the recent departure of CEO David Malone and his replacement with former TV executive James Warburton.

“Now we have got some stability back in there I am hoping it will get looked at properly,” said Dane. “But it has very much been in my mind for a long time.”

Dane’s thought process isn’t driven by the plight of Ford specifically, but of the decline of the global four-door sedan market and the end of the Australian automotive industries ability to build stand-alone models.

The Falcon is going and the Holden Commodore VF will be replaced by a global model in 2017, most likely a front-wheel drive rival for the Toyota Camry and Aurion. FOR THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE.

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