Grabber Blue 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca will go under the hammer

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 6, 2011

Ford revealed today a one-of-a-kind factory-painted Grabber Blue 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca and announced that it will sell this beauty at the 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Beside the impressive volor, the car also promises to offer distinctive black accents on the roof, mirrors and spoiler, Citic Diecastel wheels and C-Stripe, new Recaro seats with Grabber Blue seat embroidery and Rear X-Brace and new Grabber Blue grille surround.

For those who don’t know, the Laguna Seca package also comes with aggressive suspension, chassis and aerodynamic tuning, creating a ready-for-racing Boss.

A really interesting fact regarding the Boss Mustang production, is that Ford didn’t green-light the production until the tests confirmed that the car is faster than a 2010 Bmw M3, considered one of the world's best at the time.

Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas, remarked that the new Ford Mustang Boss 302 has given new meaning to what a Mustang could do. He quipped that the fact that the Mustang team managed to further refine the already world-class Mustang GT for optimal track performance underscores the Ford’s commitment to the Mustang car and its fans.

Right from the start, Ford has intended the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 to deliver an intuitive driving experience backed by pure and raw performance in terms of acceleration, top speed, handling and braking.

The new Mustang Boss 302 was intended to deliver all of these while complying with safety, noise and emissions regulations. Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer, remarked that the Mustang team looked to offer a well-balanced factory-built race car that could be driving on the road.

He noted that the Ford Mustang Boss 302 is neither a car with parts that can be bought from a Mustang GT catalog nor a vehicle that can be created by a tuner through the addition of a chip. Pericak quipped that the Boss 302 is a front-to-back re-engineered Mustang that features systems developed to transform a good driver into a great one, and a great driver into a much improved one.

The V8 engine team for the Boss 302 -- following the lead of Mike Harrison – decided to use the powerplant from 2011 GT. This 5.0 liter 412-hp V8 engine needs to work on high rpm to be more competitive on the track. Thus, the team installed a new intake leading to a runners-in-the-box plenum/velocity stack combination.

The resulting configuration proved to be impressive enough just after one drive, allowing it to receive the go signal from the higher ups. The engine features revised camshafts that use a more aggressive grind to help the intake build power. These camshafts are activated with the same twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) mechanism found on the Mustang GT.

Following these modifications, the V8 engine is now able to deliver 440 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, but is still able to provide a smooth idle and low-end torque useful in around-town driving. Taking care of power transmission and gear shifting are a race-inspired clutch with upgraded friction materials and a short-throw, close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox, respectively.

Power from the engine is sent to a 3.73 ratio rear axle through carbon fiber plates in the limited-slip differential for enhanced torque handling and longevity. Optionally available are a torque-sensing (Torsen) limited-slip differential and Recaro front seats.

Press Release

Grabber Blue 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Auction

A racing legend and a race-inspired car will team up to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at the 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz.

A spectacular, one-of-a-kind factory-painted Grabber Blue 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca will be sold to the highest bidder with none other than racing great Parnelli Jones providing commentary from the auction stage with Ford's Mustang team. Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am season opener in a Boss 302 and the Laguna Seca is named after the track where he won that race. The event will be televised live on SPEED channel.

"I am very excited to see that Ford is carrying on the tradition of the Boss Mustang," said Jones. "Ford had the right ingredients to bring back this legendary car and it's a great addition to the Mustang lineup."

Alongside Jones on the auction stage will be Ford's President of The Americas Mark Fields and Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak.

"Like the legendary Parnelli Jones, the Boss Mustang we will be auctioning is truly one-of-a-kind. It is the only 2012 Grabber Blue Boss 302 Laguna Seca we will ever build," said Fields. "The winning bidder on this car will not only become part of Mustang history but also will be a pioneer in the next chapter of the Boss legacy. At the same time, he or she will be contributing to a worthy cause, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation."

All proceeds from the auction of the car above MSRP will benefit JDRF, a leader in research leading to a cure for Type 1 diabetes. During the past four years, Ford – partnering with Barrett-Jackson – has raised nearly $2.5 million for charity through sales of vehicles at auction.

"With its combination of hot styling and serious performance, Ford's Boss Mustang has always been at the top of the list for collectors," said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson Company. "Since this Boss Mustang will have a very low production number and be specially built for our 40th anniversary event, the new owner will have a special piece of performance history for their collection. It's a rare opportunity to support charity while taking home a very desirable modern collectible car."

This Boss 302 Laguna Seca – a one-of-one production unit – was built specifically for auction at Barrett-Jackson. In addition to the unique Grabber Blue body color, it features:

• Distinctive black accents on the roof, mirrors and spoiler, Citic Diecastel wheels and C-Stripe
• Recaro seats with Grabber Blue seat embroidery and Rear X-Brace
• Grabber Blue grille surround

The Laguna Seca package pares the race-inspired 2012 Boss 302 down to its essential elements, with aggressive suspension, chassis and aerodynamic tuning, creating a ready-for-racing Boss.

The Boss Mustang is set to become the quickest, best-handling, straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford. In fact, Ford would not green-light Boss Mustang production until track testing confirmed it would top one of the world's best at the time – the 2010 BMW M3.

The Boss 302 Laguna Seca delivers more than 1.03 g of lateral acceleration, stopping distances shortened by three feet from 60 mph over Boss, 0-60 mph acceleration improvements of one tenth of a second, and an overall expected lap time improvement of one to two seconds versus the standard Boss on a typical road course.

The limited-production Mustang Boss 302 and Laguna Seca will be built at AutoAlliance International Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

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