Prodrive Racing Australia, formally Ford Performance Racing has launched it’s final ever Ford Falcon V8 Supercar on board the Royal Australian Navy flagship HMAS Canberra.
The team will be looking to improve on Chaz Mosterts Bathurst victory and Mark Winterbottom 3rd place in the championship with the updated car.
Winterbottom believes that the new Falcon shows clear improvement form the previous model.
“The FG X not only looks fantastic but from the brief testing we’ve done there are clear gains over the previous model which is very encouraging for us all,” 10-year team veteran Winterbottom said. “The team spent months developing the new aerodynamic package and while development doesn’t stop, we should start the season with a significant leg up over previous years.
“I’ve spent a decade with this team and while we’ve enjoyed a lot of success over a very long period, we all still want the ultimate prize of the title and I believe we have the equipment to do the job this year.”
While Mostert is looking to build on his debut season with the team, which included his famous win at Bathurst.
“My first year driving with the Pepsi Max Crew was awesome and with a full year under my belt now I am keen to get out there and give it everything I’ve got,” said Mostert. “Last year was a dream come true in many ways but to win Bathurst and recover the way we did after a tough start was just the icing on the cake.”
With both drivers in high spirits team principle Tim Edwards is confident the new car is a real advancement for the team.
“The aero package on the car is quite advanced, specifically compared to the FG.
“We’ve been working very hard to develop the FG X for some time now so now the car is homologated we are finally able to launch it along with our new 2015 livery,” said Edwards.
“This weekend’s SuperTest will be the first opportunity Mark and Chaz get to drive the car around a track, rather than just the straight line aero testing we’ve been doing, so we are keen to see just how well it handles around corners in the real world rather than just in simulations.”
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