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by Matt Brogan

You might recall the name Performax International from CarAdvice’s review last month of the Chevrolet Camaro SS. The Queensland-based group import a number of US Muscle Cars for right-hand drive conversion, including the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which last month took part in the Bathurst 12 Hour event at Mount Panorama.

Performax said the event proved just how much potential the newly-built and un-tested Mustang had, displaying what is certain to be a promising future in targa-style rallies.

Driven by Marcus Zukanovic of Melbourne-based race team Action Racing and V8 Supercar regular Jason Bright and LeMans sports car ace Allan Simonsen, the Mustang was virtually the same specification as the road-going model sold by Performax International, with only safety-related upgrades to suspension and brakes made for the event.

“The Mustang showed an extreme amount of potential at Bathurst,” said Zukanovic, who has raced V8 Supercars, V8 Utes and Commodore Cup cars during a successful competition career.

“We had no time to track-test before going to Mount Panorama and consequently encountered a handful of teething problems with things like the fuel supply, clutch and non-standard brakes, but despite that it was quick, strong and hugely popular with the spectators.

“Now we’re going to look at what other events it is eligible and suitable for. We’ll also do some more development before going back to Bathurst next year.”

The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, a direct descendant of the original legendary muscle car created by Carroll Shelby, features a supercharged 5.4-litre aluminium V8 engine developing 374kW of power and 650Nm of torque. The car rides on Ford SVT (Special Vehicle Tuning) suspension and Italian Brembo brakes.

Performax International currently is completing right-hand drive re-engineering of its first 2010 version. The road-going model will be available for sale shortly and is available new from $150,000* with a fully backed factory warranty.




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