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And it goes without saying that next year you
really have to step up, don't you? You have to
start aiming for the championship.
Absolutely. We make no bones about the fact that the
level of competition is so high that for us to be up there,
we're beating some bloody good cars.
So for us to be in championship contention, we
need to be getting everything right and part of that is
getting some of the smaller mistakes that we're still
making now out of the way. And to do that requires
that process and that discipline.
We know what we need to do. We know it's not
going to be easy, either.
Is the operation pretty much all in-
house again in terms of build-
ing and developing the cars?
What's the relationship with
Prodrive Racing Australia
(PRA) these days?
We still source a lot of parts
from them, for sure, particu-
larly around the front end of
But there's a lot that we do
in-house now, more than we
have over the past four or five
But you're not exchanging data
No. We don't have that relationship with
those guys but we still have a good working relationship
with them in terms of what we buy from them.
Roger and Tim have built a very good relationship and
rapport with the Prodrive guys and we've been working
on various things as well. Even in recent times, the Ford
Presumably the team is open to aligning with
another manufacturer. If an opportunity came up
you'd grab it, right?
Of course. We'll do what's in the best interests of the
business but at the same time we can't discount the
history of this team running Fords -- and particularly
with a guy like Dick involved.
All of his success was really behind the wheel of
a Ford. So we don't discount the success in the past
but at the same time, going forward we'll do what's
in the best interests of the business and if that means
staying with Ford we'll stay with Ford. If it means
looking at something else, then that's what we'll do
We still have a relationship with Ford Australia. We
don't necessarily get parts and what have you from
them the way in which we used to, but we still have
rights to IP to continue to use the Falcon FG X, have
the Ford badging on the car and even continue to have
the appearance of the Ford logo on our merchandise. So
that's where our relationship's at.
Have you had approaches from another manufac-
turer or other manufacturers?
There have been a number of discussions over the
course of the past 12 to 18 months where we've spoken
to people and some people have spoken to us.
Would you guys contemplate going it alone with a
Again, I think would have to look at that in an holistic
way, as in to ask ourselves is that the right thing for the
business to be doing.
I think from a Gen2 point of view, when you look at
the underlying engine platform, it's not the same as
going out and developing a bespoke Supercar engine
in V8 configuration because there isn't something else
For example, like what we've seen with Volvo and
with Nissan, where there's not necessarily a racing
package that's already been developed that they can go
and take off the shelf.
Whereas with the Gen2 platform we're almost spoiled
for choice in terms of a base engine that we can start to
look at that already has some motor sport pedigree (for
example, the sports car racing version of Ford's twin-
turbo 3.6-litre EcoBoost V6).
So I think to go it alone would have to make sense in
a whole different range of factors and I think, looking
forward, we'd have to have an appreciable understand-
ing of what Gen3 looks like, too, if we were to make an
investment like that on our own.
Essentially, though, what you're looking at devel-
oping is a new Mustang body shape because you
could continue with the existing five-litre V8.
Yeah, for sure. But you also need permission (from Ford)
to do that and that's certainly front-of-mind given what
we've seen happening with Volvo (which doesn't want
GRM to continue racing the S60 Supercar beyond the
end of this season).
Ford would have to give their approval for a Mustang
Supercar. As you know, I haven't been in the game for
a long time and going through the FG X homologation
project was an interesting experience.
That was predominantly driven by Prodrive but we
were involved in that throughout and seeing how that
played out, I think that it's not an overwhelming situa-
tion to be in, looking at homologating a new shape.
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