Additional day of wind tunnel testing scheduled in January
Move aimed at refining aesthetics of modifications made to Mustang
Mustang, Camaro completed three days of testing in December
Supercars can confirm that an additional day of wind tunnel testing is scheduled for January 12, 2024 in a move aimed at refining the aesthetics of modifications made to the Ford Mustang during the December testing in North Carolina.
Aero parity between the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro was successfully achieved during the December wind tunnel test when adjustments were made to both Supercars over three intensive days of testing.
The decision to conduct an additional day of wind tunnel testing on January 12 is focused exclusively on enhancing the aesthetics of the modifications made to the Ford Mustang.
During initial wind tunnel testing, the Ford Mustang underwent changes to the splitter profile, aligning it with the Chevrolet Camaro and both cars had changes to the lower splitter surface to reduce sensitivity.
Both cars had changes in the rear wing area including changes to angles and positions to effect downforce and drag.
Supercars CEO Shane Howard said: “Comprehensive reports, along with detailed data from the December test, have been provided to all teams, emphasising transparency in the development process.
“While both cars are still in the USA, a decision has been agreed to by both Homologation Teams to conduct one further wind tunnel examination of the updated Ford model using the agreed modifications made after aero parity was reached during the December test.”
Since the completion of the December test, both the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro have been in Parc ferme, retaining all test gear for further analysis and adjustments.
Both vehicles are currently housed at the NASCAR R&D facility located close to the Windshear testing facility in the USA.
For the January test, a smaller group of representatives from Homologation teams Dick Johnson Racing (Ford), Triple Eight Race Engineering (Chevrolet) and Supercars will return to the United States.