Mach 1 heads Down Under
Mach 1 will join the Ford Mustang line-up in Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2021.
The model, which first went on sale in North America in 1969, will be offered with the first ever factory right-hand drive model produced at the legendary Flat Rock, Michigan, plant.
Following the lead of the original 1969 Mustang Mach 1 that bridged the gap between Mustang GT and Shelby models, the all-new Mach 1 delivers additional V8 power, driver-focused cockpit, and track-focused upgrades above Mustang GT.
Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia said “it is fitting that we can bring Australian customers, who’ve made Mustang part of our motoring landscape, a 2021 Mustang Mach 1 of their very own.”
Kelly Racing Ford Mustang Supercars driver and Mustang Mach 1 ambassador, Rick Kelly, who drives is working with Ford to promote Mach 1.
“It’s a stunning looking vehicle, but above all it really is a Mustang made for enthusiasts – it is all about how it drives around a track, which is why I’m so pleased to be working on this project with Ford,” said Kelly. “Racing a Mustang Supercar around tracks like Mount Panorama, where we’ll be this weekend, has been a highlight of 2020 for me, but Mach 1 is such a unique opportunity for fans and customers, so I am pumped for its arrival here next year.”
Mach 1 will be offered alongside the Mustang 2.3L High Performance and Mustang GT in 2021, with Australian specification and pricing to be announced closer to launch.
Since its arrival in Australia in 2015, Ford says Mustang has become the best-selling sports car in Australia, with a passionate customer base for special edition models, including Mustang BULLITT and the supercharged Mustang R-SPEC. Mustang also became the choice for Ford Performance global racing programmes in 2019, where the model spread to NASCAR, GT4, NHRA and, in Australia, the Supercars Championship, where it won the 2019 and 2020 manufacturers titles for Ford.