By Dan McCarthy

The motorsport industry has been rattled by speculation that the legendary Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercars squad will switch to the Ford Mustang for 2023 by moving to the new Gen3 regulations.

With Ford Performance confirming the big announcement Friday morning, indications are that Ford will announce the WAU move to Ford and will run the new Mustang Gen3.

Speculation has been circulating for some time that the current Holden team could make a change to Ford in the coming months and it looks like it will be WAU.

Walkinshaw, a name that has been widely associated with Holden, raced as the Holden Racing Team’s sole manufacturer for three decades, but will change his allegiance to Ford at the end of the year.

This move was made during the Supercars Championship transition to the Gen3 era, which would make all current race cars redundant and therefore if a move had to be made, this is the time to do it.

Test shot of the Mustang Gen3 at Queensland Raceway

As a side note, Grove Racing has made the move to prep its Ford engines by Walkinshaw Performance. While this may give Walkinshaw some experience with Ford engines, the new Gen3 engine program will see a completely new power generation architecture, with changes to the Coyote engine and a single control engine supplier.

Today two manufacturers have committed to the Gen3 era, Ford with the Mustang and Chevrolet with the Camaro.

Unlike many of the current Holden teams, Walkinshaw Andretti United never publicly committed to moving to the Chevrolet brand and running the Camaro.

As reported by AUTO ACTION last year WAU was in conversation with Jaguar, however the COVID-19 pandemic made the deal fall apart even though the two sides previously won the Bathurst 1000 together in 1985.

Holden and Walkinshaw’s performance, then as the Holden Race Team have a richer history together winning six V8 Supercar Championships and seven Bathurst 1000s.

AUTO ACTION tried to make contact with the team, but they did not respond.

The 2011 Bathurst 1000 was the last win for the team as the official Holden factory team

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