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.