Confidential leaks about model launches are as good as gold in the automotive industry, and carmakers do all they can to prevent any valuable details from getting out to the public. It’s the reason that prototypes are covered in camouflage livery when they’re taken out for test runs—so that crucial design cues are kept hidden until the launch date. And we can only imagine the number of nondisclosure agreements that industry employees have to sign on a regular basis.
So it’s a bit surprising, then, that this very leak we’re writing about today came straight from a top carmaker’s human resources department. In a job posting on LinkedIn, Ford Motor Company is currently advertising (but is no longer taking applications for as of this writing) an opening for an engineer to work at its assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Business as usual, right? Except that when you look at the job description, you’ll find something rather interesting.
“Be part of the proud team to deliver Ford and Lincoln quality on the current model Mustang (S550) and be the final sign off on the Ford 2023 Mustang S650 vehicle program before it goes to the customers,” the listing reads.
Oops. The post goes further to explain that the prospective engineer’s tasks would include being the “on-site launch lead for Wind/Road Noise and Air Leakage attributes when S650 launches in 2022 as a 2023MY.”
Based on this, we can take a pretty educated guess that the all-new, seventh-gen iteration of the iconic pony car will be revealed to the public in the latter half of 2022. Are you excited to see it? In the meantime, you can read our feature on the PH-spec GT convertible here.