Ford has just unveiled the Ford Mustang Dark Horse Supercar at Mount Panorama, marking it as their weapon of choice for the 2023 Gen3 racing year. When the season begins next March, the Mustang will go head-to-head against the Chevrolet Camaro. The car will make its first on-track appearance during the events surrounding this weekend’s Bathurst 1000 in Australia. It’ll be a parade lap with driver Dick Johnson behind the wheel.
Ford Mustang Dark Horse Supercar: Details
The race car on display was complete in white livery with Johnson’s surname and his famous #17. According to Supercars Championship, this Mustang is just the first of many that will compete within the GT3, GT4, NASCAR, and NHRA competition. The Mustang Supercar has been built by Ford’s homologation team Dick Johnson Racing in conjunction with Ford Performance. The first race where we’ll see the new Mustang Dark Horse compete will be on the streets of Newcastle on March 11, 2023. We can expect to see 11 Fords on the 2023 grid, up from nine in 2022.
Under the hood of the Mustang Dark Horse Supercar is the 2024 Mustang GT’s Coyote 5.0-liter V8. The new engine features dual throttle bodies fed by dual air intakes and some other improvements. We expect the new Coyote to make around 480 ponies within the GT and 500 for the Dark Horse, though Ford hasn’t yet given any official power numbers. As for the Supercar Stang, the production-based Coyote V8 has received some significant modifications to provide it with more than 600 ponies under the hood.
The Blue Oval also showed some CGI images of several upcoming race-prepped Mustangs. But, beyond that, not many other details have been revealed regarding the Gen3 Supercar. We’ll have to wait and see as Ford unveils the others and hopefully some more information on their new race cars for the upcoming racing seasons.