The Ford Mustang Boss is Back -- But Only on the Track
As a bit of high-performance icing on the 2011 Mustang's cake, Ford will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its original Boss 302 taking Parnelli Jones to the overall championship of the 1970 Trans-Am Series by building a new generation of Boss 302R models. Only 50 of these new-era Boss 302Rs will be constructed by Ford Racing, and none will be street legal.
Ford will offer its resurrected Boss 302R in two different specifications, both as turn-key vehicles with the new 5.0-liter four-valve engine, six-speed manual transmission, a roll cage, race seats, safety harness, data acquisition system, competition-spec dampers/springs and a Brembo brake and tire package. The base Boss 302R, which starts at $79,000, is intended to compete in various Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and National Auto Sport Association (NASA) competition classes while the $129,000 top-line Boss 302R1 shown here is purpose-built to run in the 2010 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series (formerly known as the KONI Challenge). Ford has already sold at least five of these more-intense R1 models to teams that will run them in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona next month.
Jamie Allison, the new director of Ford North America Motorsports, expressed consummate confidence in these factory-built competition machines -- which carry an official Ford Racing part number and can be ordered directly from Ford Racing Performance Parts. "We expect the Boss 302R to continue the successful tradition of winning with factory-built production-based race cars from Ford Racing. The FR500C and FR500S road racing Mustangs, and the Mustang FR500CJ (Cobra Jet) for drag racing have proven to be great cars for our customers, helping teams win races and championships. We believe that the BOSS 302R will provide that same sort of competitive product for our customers with the tradition you can only get from Ford Racing."