NASCAR Cup Ford Mustang ready to race

Ford has unveiled the Mustang NASCAR Cup car that will carry the brand’s flag in the series next year, where it will compete against the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Toyota Camry.

Ford has been fielding a Mustang GT in the second tier Xfinity series since 2011, but this marks the first time that the Mustang will race in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. It replaces the Fusion sedan, which is being phased out of the automaker’s American lineup in the coming years.

The purpose-built Mustang race car isn’t named after a specific production model, but its bodywork most closely resembles the GT350. As with all NASCAR entries, it has been engineered to a strict criteria laid out in NASCAR’s rule book.

The new cars will make their racing debuts at the 2019 Daytona 500.