The Boss is back on track for 2010! 40 years after its name became a road racing legend, the car is back with a new 5.0-liter V-8 engine. In order to honor the 40th anniversary of Parnelli Jones' 1970 Trans-Am championship in a Mustang BOSS 302 prepared by Bud Moore Engineering, Ford racing revealed today the BOSS 302R, a factory-built race car ready for track days.
Each model of the new Mustang BOSS 302R will feature a 5.0-liter four-valve engine and a six-speed manual transmission with a roll cage, race seats, safety harness, data acquisition and race dampers/springs, and a Brembo brake and tire package while pricing will start at an MSRP of $79,000.
Ford Racing will also offer a special -Am Homologation Package (M-FR500-BOSS R1), ready to compete in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series (formerly known as KONI Challenge), starting with the season-opening race in Daytona on Jan. 29, 2010. MSRP of the BOSS 302R1 is $129,000.
The Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge-ready Mustang BOSS 302R will come with an upgraded cooling system, a close-ratio six-speed transmission with integral shifter, a seam-welded body, race suspension/KONI dampers and ABS brake tuning, race performance exhaust and a high-speed balance one-piece driveshaft.
Just 50 BOSS 302R Mustangs will be built by Ford Racing and deliveries are anticipated to start in the third quarter of 2010.
According to Ford North America Motorsports Director Jamie Allison, the company hopes to see the BOSS 302R continue the legacy of Ford Racing’s factory-built production production-based race cars and drive growth for the company.
The FR500C and the FR500S Mustangs and the Mustang FR500CJ, for example, have accomplished great feats as they have helped teams bring home championships from popular competitions. With the tradition and philosophy of Ford Racing, the BOSS 302R is expected to follow the course of its predecessor race cars.
Apparently, each of the factory-built production-based race cars of Ford Racing has brought home the bacon during its competition debut. Indeed, the sports of race car driving served as a breeding ground for production engines. As Allison puts it, anything that can run on the streets is also capable of running miles on the racetrack.
The 5-liter engine of the 2011 Ford Mustang BOSS 302R is similar to that of the 2011 Mustang GT. According to Ford Racing Engineering Supervisor and BOSS 302R Lead Engineer Andy Slankard, the production team is composed of really great engineers and developers.
The team that worked on the Mustang along with Ford Racing included AutoAlliance International, Team Mustang, and Multimatic. With its sleek and top of the line performance, the BOSS 302R is once again portraying itself as proof of Ford Racing’s unquestionable prowess when it comes to turnkey factory-built production-based vehicles.