Ford Mustang Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Revealed, Details Still Scarce

On August 9, at Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, the carmaker’s entry for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was revealed with bells and whistles.
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The specially prepared Mustang will mark the nameplate’s first ever entry in the racing series’ top-level Cup. Until now, the Mustang was only present in the Xfinity Series, winning all but one championships since 2011. The Monster Cup version will first see action at the Daytona 500 in February 2019.

Unfortunately for those waiting for some technical details, Ford is still keeping them under wraps. What the carmaker did say is that it worked hard on making the model compliant with the rules of the competition.

“Ever since we announced in April that Mustang would be going to the Cup level in 2019, we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback,” said in a statement Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.

“Our Ford Performance team has worked hard with the Ford Design team to create a Mustang that will be competitive on the track while remaining true to its proud heritage. We can’t wait to see it winning races in the NASCAR Cup Series next year.”

Adding the the Mustang to the top Cup series will make the model the fourth Ford to race the ovals since 1972 after the Thunderbird, Taurus, and Fusion. Ford decided to make an entry with the Mustang in the wake of the success the car enjoys for several years.

Ford sold 125,809 Mustangs worldwide last year, making the model the best selling sports-coupe in the world, as per an IHS Markit report. In Europe, 38,000 units have been sold since it arrived in 2015, outselling the Porsche 911 in 13 European markets.

Earlier this week, Ford celebrated the production of the 10 millionth Mustang, in the nameplate’s 54th year of production.
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