When Ford released the 40th anniversary model of the legendary Ford Mustang Boss 302, a lot of Mustang aficionados were understandably geeked over seeing a new age Boss 302 making the rounds on the streets. Apparently, the Boss 302 wasn’t the only model Ford was developing after announcing that they’re getting ready to unveil the Ford Racing Mustang Boss 302S.
The new 302S will sit between the company’s Boss 302 Laguna Seca street car and the top-of-the-line 302R Grand-Am racer and was built to be a road race that will be eligible to compete in some racing series in 2011.
For this particular car, which was developed by Tiger Racing in Covina, California, it’s going to enter the SCCA World Challenge GTS championship and will be piloted by veteran racer Paul Brown. It’s worth noting though that the car in the photos is still a prototype version and the word out is that we’re going to have to wait another month to see the final race-spec version at the 2010 Performance Racing Industry trade show.
Updated 12/09/2010: Ford Racing has unveiled today the official details and images on the 2011 Mustang Boss 302S. Hit the jump to read the press release.
Details after the jump
EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR
The exterior of the Mustang Boss 302S has been given racing modifications to ensure it stays competitive out on track. There’s a new FR front splitter, a rear-adjustable CF wing, a fiberglass hood with air extractors, hood pins, front and rear tow hooks, a set of 18” wheels, and a Boss 302S graphics package.
Since this is a racing prototype, luxury isn’t what you’re going to find in its interior. Instead, the Mustang Boss 302S is chalk full with driver aids and safety features to ensure that the drivers are always on top of their game and are kept safe while they’re in a middle of a heated race. Among the features include Recaro HANS Pro Racer seat, an
AIM data acquisition system with GPS, a fire system with 2 nozzles, a quick release racing steering wheel, a window net, safety system triangle nets, a six-point racing harness, and a ‘Master’ cut-off switch.
The Mustang Boss 302S will receive the same engine as its 302R counterpart – a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces somewhere north of 400 horsepower with a six-speed manual transmission. The 302S will also come with an engine oil cooler, a Boss 302 fuel system, and an upgraded cooling system.
Ford will only produce 50 of these bad boys priced at $79,000 each. Better inquire about early reservations because the car is on schedule to be built and delivered around the second quarter of 2011. You can order the 302S through the Ford Racing catalog. Part number is M-FR500-B302S.
The Ford Racing Mustang Boss 302S is classified as a factory-built race car which means that it will be in line to compete in the SCCA World Challenge GTS class where it will see action against the likes of race-spec versions of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Acura TSX, BMW E90 325, and Mazda 6.
It has been The Year of the Boss. This past year has seen the return of the Mustang BOSS 302R to track at Daytona International Speedway and the unveiling of the 2012 BOSS 302 production Mustang, and now Ford Racing announces the latest addition to its line of turn-key ready to race Mustangs—the BOSS 302S.
Building on the successful race history of the BOSS302, Ford Racing is providing Mustang enthusiasts an affordable way to road race with the introduction of the Mustang BOSS 302S. The limited production BOSS 302S will be the third competition car in Ford Motor Company’s history to be built at a Ford production facility and made available for racers to purchase through authorized Ford Racing dealers. The Mustang FR500S was the first race car built on a modern Ford production line followed by the NHRA legal FR500CJ, a.k.a. Cobra Jet.
"Ford Racing is excited to add an additional turn-key ready to race car to our stable, which includes the highly successful FR500C, FR500S, BOSS 302R and Cobra Jet," said Mark Wilson, Engineering Manager Ford Racing. "The enthusiasts who purchase the BOSS 302S will be competitive in both the World Challenge GTS and the NASA American Iron Series. We look forward to adding their names to the BOSS 302’s racing history.”
The 440-hp Ford Mustang BOSS 302S was developed by Ford Racing engineers, and will be built at Auto Alliance International assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich., the home of the Mustang.
The car is based on the street legal 2012 Mustang BOSS 302. The Mustang BOSS 302S is powered by a Boss 5.0-liter 4-valve Ti-VCT V-8 engine and includes a 6-speed transmission sourced directly from the BOSS 302 parts bin. Power is transferred to the rear wheels, via a T2 Torsen differential and 3.73 gears. The BOSS 302S suspension features two-way adjustable coil-over dampers and Ford Racing anti-roll bars in both the front and rear.
The BOSS 302S uni-body starts as a Mustang body-in-white, to reduce weight, the factory seam sealer, sound deadener and interior panels are deleted prior to body build. In addition to body reinforcement, a 6-point Federation Internationale de L’Automobile legal roll cage is installed for driver safety and chassis rigidity. The interior features a Recaro Head and Neck Support system Pro-Racer lightweight race seat, 6-point safety belt, quick release steering wheel and AiM data acquisition system with Global Positioning System.
BOSS 302S aerodynamic updates include a unique fiberglass heat extracting hood, adjustable front splitter and adjustable carbon fiber rear wing. A retro styled BOSS 302 graphics package is included with each car and mimics the graphics from the original 1969 BOSS 302 program.
Production is scheduled the second quarter of 2011 and orders may be placed at Ford dealers that participate in the Ford Racing Performance Parts program by ordering part number FR500-B302S (performance white paint) or M-FR500-B302SO (orange paint). MSRP for the BOSS 302S is $79,000.00.