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Ford disappointed by lack of parity in V8 Supercars ahead 2023 Bathurst 1000

The rules around aerodynamics mean the Mustang and Camaro are not as equal as they seem

The 2023 Repco Bathurst 1000 is on this weekend, but unfortunately it might not be a fair race due to parity concerns around aerodynamics between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro racing cars.

Ford has submitted requests to try and find technical parity between its Ford Mustang touring cars and the Chevrolet Camera rivals, but the Supercars Board has refused to allow changes that would provide a more equal playing field.

Discrepancies were uncovered when Supercars computational fluid dynamics (CFD) partner D2H Group revealed aerodynamic data of both cars to the homologation teams on August 24.

The data found that the aerodynamics were not equal between the two cars. Ford and Dick Johnson Racing have tried to reason with Supercars to come up with an updated package.

This week, just before the iconic Bathurst 1000 event, the Supercars Board rejected proposals that would allow teams to match aerodynamics. In a statement, Ford said:

“This lack of technical parity has had a tangible impact on the performance of our teams and drivers. Despite their skill, experience, and hard work, they have struggled to compete with other cars that have a clear advantage.”

It’s not just about winning races for the teams. Fans and motorsport partners are also suffering. Ford continued:

“Our top priority is to help our teams to deliver the best possible racing experience for our fans and supporters. We appreciate their loyalty and urge Supercars to create the level playing field they deserve.”

In terms of the championship, Brodie Kostecki is currently in the lead with 2171 points, racing in the Coca-Cola Racing by Erebus Chevrolet Camaro. Shane van Gisbergen in the Red Bull Ampol Racing Chevrolet Camaro is in second position, with 2016 points, followed by Broc Feeney on 1967 points racing for the same team. Chaz Mostert racing for Walkinshaw Andretti United is the first Mustang, in sixth position with 1660 points.

The 2023 Bathurst 1000 takes place this weekend running from October 5-8, starting today. It will be broadcast live on Foxtel, Kayo and channel Seven.

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic, but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.

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