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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.”


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.


Ford Brings Back the Boss

A “ready-to-race, turnkey race car”

by on Dec.28, 2009

All you need is $79,000 and you can take the Ford Mustang Boss 302R racing.

Have a hankering to turn some high-speed laps?  All you need is $79,000 and you can sign up for what Ford officials are calling their “ready-to-race turnkey race car.”

It also goes by the name of the Boss.  The Mustang Boss 302R, to be more precise.  Four decades after the original Boss Mustang, with Parnelli Jones behind the wheel, burned its way into the record books, Ford is bringing the name back, this coming year, at Daytona.  But the automaker will also offer a production version, a factory-built race car ready for track days and road racing in a number of Grand-Am, SCCA and NASA classes.


The 302R will share the same basic 5.0-liter V8 block and engine architecture that will  be used in the upcoming, 2011 Ford Mustang GT, though with obvious performance modifications.  The 32-valve powerplant will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and the street version of the GT will get a roll cage, race seats, safety harness, data acquisition and race dampers/springs, 14-inch Brembo brakes and a track-specific tire package.

“This is a car you can walk into any Ford dealer and order,” says Jamie Allison, a racing legend of his own and the new director of motorsports for Ford.

Ford’s Boss 302R will make its formal debut at the Detroit Auto Show, in January.

(For a look at the 5.0-liter, 412-horsepower 2011 Ford Mustang GT, Click Here.)