The Boss Mustang is back and ready to race

Do you recall the Boss Mustang from the glory days of Ford racing?

Do you want a new one?

Do you want to race it?

And do you have $79K?

If the answer to these questions is yes, Ford has the car for you. Besides introducing the new 5.0L V8 Mustang, Ford has also brought back the Boss 302, but now it is the new 302R car.

The Boss 302R is ready to race with all of the go fast parts that make it a factory built race car. In other words, this is not a car meant for the streets.

How powerful is the new race car? Ford is not saying yet, but today's press release is below has all of the other important details.

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Ford Racing Unveils the Next Generation of Racing Mustang in the New Boss 302R

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 28, 2009 – Forty years after its namesake became
a road racing legend, the BOSS is back on track for 2010 with a new
5.0-liter V-8 engine.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Parnelli Jones' 1970 Trans-Am
championship in a Mustang BOSS 302 prepared by Bud Moore Engineering,
Ford Racing is introducing the BOSS 302R, a factory-built race car
ready for track days and road racing in a number of Grand-Am, SCCA and
NASA classes.

"To keep pace with consumer demand, the Ford team has built modern
versions of the most iconic performance Mustangs over the years," said
Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports. "From Shelbys
to Bullitt, Mach and Cobra Jet, it is now time for BOSS to join the
list of America's most coveted Mustangs. The original BOSS 302 was a
championship-winning legend and the new Mustang BOSS 302R will carry on
the tradition. The Mustang was born to race from the start, and this
new Mustang is bred to win."

The Mustang BOSS 302R is a serialized off-road-only vehicle ready to
race. Each base model will come with 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, starting at an MSRP of $79,000.

And, with a special Grand-Am Homologation Package (M-FR500-BOSS R1), it
will also be 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. As of today, five
BOSS 302R race cars will be delivered to customers ready to race in
Daytona. MSRP of the BOSS 302R1 is $129,000.

The Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge-ready Mustang BOSS
302R will feature a sealed high-output race engine 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

The BOSS 302R follows in the very successful footsteps of its most
recent road racing predecessor – the Mustang FR500C from Ford Racing.
In 2005, when the Mustang FR500C debuted at Daytona, the first car was
delivered on Wednesday of that week and won the KONI Challenge race on

In five years of competition since then, the Mustang FR500C has won
three Triple Crown championships of driver, team and manufacturer's
titles in KONI competition including back-to-back (2008 and 2009). The
FR500C has also seen success in FIA GT4 competition winning the 2007
and 2008 driver's championships.

"We expect the BOSS 302R to continue the successful tradition of
winning with factory-built production-based race cars from Ford
Racing," said Allison. "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

Each Ford Racing factory-built production-based turnkey race car has won its competition debut.

"Racing has long served as a technical proving grounds for production
engines," said Allison. "What's good enough for the streets is now good
enough for the racetrack. The 5.0-liter block and architecture in the
Mustang BOSS 302R is the same as the 2011 Mustang GT."

"We have a great team on the BOSS 302R project," said Andy Slankard,
Ford Racing engineering supervisor and the lead engineer on the BOSS
302R project. "Between our partners at AutoAlliance International,
where the Mustang is built, Team Mustang, Multimatic and the entire
Ford Racing team, we have once again proven to be a leader in turnkey
production-based race cars."

Available through Ford dealers, a total of 50 BOSS 302R Mustangs will
be built by Ford Racing. Delivery is anticipated in the third quarter
of 2010.