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Ford Putting the “Stock” Back into Stock Cars

But do new NASCAR models really represent much of a difference?

by on Feb.20, 2013

Ford wants its NASCAR entry to look at least a little bit more like a real Fusion sedan.

What is today one of the most popular sporting events in America has some humble roots, NASCAR tracing back to the days when moonshiners would tune up their cars to outrun the “revenuers” and then give each a challenge to see who was fastest.

But the days when the familiar sporting event could claim to field “stock cars” is long past. When NASCAR organizers began ordering the switch to the so-called “Car of the Future,” a few years back, the design may have been safer and better on track, but about the only thing it had in common with the cars of today were decals designed to make it look, sort of, like the Fords, Chevrolets and Toyotas you’d find in a showroom.

That triggered a backlash from fans, something that was measurable in both race attendance and TV viewership, and it has forced NASCAR and its teams to do a little soul-searching – as Ford is demonstrating with its latest stock car entry which actual shares at least a few body panels with an actual Fusion sedan.

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This is a day so many of us at Ford and Ford fans have been waiting for,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “When we first unveiled the 2013 NASCAR Fusion in Charlotte in January 2012, we said we wanted to help return the ‘stock car back to NASCAR.’ Without question, with this car, we have.”

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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.

Performance!

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.)