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Ford Offering Free Track Day, Special TracKey With Mustang Boss

Don’t try this at home, maker warns.

by on Nov.11, 2010

Ford's TracKey transforms the Mustang Boss 302 into a serious race-capable pony car.

Looking for a little more excitement out of your new Ford Mustang Boss 302?  It’s as simple as switching keys, the automaker has revealed.

Owners of the 440-horsepower pony car will get two sets of keys, it turns out, the second being a special TracKey that does a few things you normally wouldn’t expect – resetting about 200 different parameters by activating a second engine control module.

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It’s a quick way to turn the Boss into a track-ready bruiser, says Jeff Seaman, Mustang’s powertrain engineer.  “From an engine management standpoint, we’ve done just about everything possible to give TracKey users a full race car experience.”

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First drive: Ford Mustang GT

The 5.0 is back and the original pony car has never been more fun.

by on Oct.29, 2010

The 2011 Ford Mustang GT in Grabber Blue turns a lot of heads.

The number 5.0 holds a hallowed place in Ford lore. For more 25 years, Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8 powered everything from Thunderbirds to F-150 pickups to Broncos. But most notably, they powered Mustangs.

Now, after 16 years in exile, the 5.0 is back. Ford retired the old 5.0, also known as the 302 for its displacement in cubic inches, in 1995, replacing its venerable V-8 with the decent 4.6-liter. But while the 4.6 did a decent job, it didn’t have that beloved number attached to its valvecovers.

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Don’t think for a moment that Ford’s decision to bring back the 5.0 isn’t partly driven by nostalgia. Automakers decide how big a new engine design will be based on a lot of factors such as the power characteristics it needs, fuel economy and smoothness. But they also make decisions based on what the marketers say will help sell cars.

With this new engine, there was one other important consideration: It had to produce horsepower comparable to the 6.2-liter V-8 in the Chevrolet Camaro SS.
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Ford Surprises Enthusiasts at Monterey With 440-Horsepower Mustang Street Racer

Here's the details on Ford's new hot rod.

by on Aug.17, 2010

The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 will be available in a limited number of color combinations including Kona Blue Metallic.

Hot on the heels of the new Mustang GT comes the 2012 version of the Mustang Boss 302, carrying on a Ford tradition that started in 1969 with the introduction of the original Boss 302 (302 is the number of cubic inches in the Boss 302’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine).  The new one will pack 440 horsepower and 380 foot-pounds of torque, and a whole host of improvements to its body, chassis, suspension, wheels and tires.

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The original Boss 302 was homologated for the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans American Championship Series, or Trans Am, when Mustang, Cougar, Camaro, Firebird, AMC Javelin, Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda all raced against each other for supremacy in the ponycar segment of the market.

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First Look: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Maker promising the fastest pony car it has ever produced.

by on Aug.13, 2010

Ford has pulled the wraps off a track-ready version of the 2012 Mustang Boss 302.

The Boss is back…almost.

Ford lifted the covers on an all-new version of the Mustang Boss 302 during a preview at tony Pebble Beach, this morning, and promises to not only bring it to market for 2012, but to deliver, “the quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford.”

As one would expect, the 2012 Boss 302 starts out with the solid underpinnings of the updated 2011 Ford Mustang.  But the maker has made moves to optimize the pony car in a variety of ways, among other things increasing horsepower, while reducing weight and aerodynamic drag.

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Meanwhile, the maker plans to offer a track-ready version, dubbed the Boss 302 Laguna Seca – for the challenging track on the Monterey Peninsula – which will delete the back seat for even more weight savings and get a new, race-ready suspension.

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