Ford Mustang FR500S launched
The limited-edition FR500S is the first race car in Ford Motor Company’s history to be built at a production facility and then made available for racers to purchase through the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog and at authorized Ford dealers.
The FR500S is the heart of the new Mustang spec series, the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, which will make its debut on the weekend of May 2-4 at Road Atlanta. The series continues to work on a finalized scheduled but has confirmed race dates at Mosport International Raceway, the Burke Lakefront Airport course in Cleveland, New Jersey Motorsports Park and Miller Motorsports Park.
The 325-hp Ford Mustang FR500S was co-developed by Ford Racing and Miller Motorsports Park (MMP) in Tooele, Utah, and is based on the Mustang GT used by the track’s high-performance driving school. Powered by a 4.6-liter 3-valve, fuel-injected V-8 production engine and featuring a Ford Racing cold-air intake, the FR500S includes a 6-speed transmission with an upgraded clutch and Ford Racing short-throw shifter. The FR500S features the same braking used on the Mustang FR500C, along with unique two-way adjustable front dampers with coil springs and an adjustable anti-roll bar in both the front and rear suspension.
With the addition of the Mustang FR500S to its current stable of Mustang race cars, Ford Racing now provides customers a racing ladder – all within one manufacturer – to climb up through the ranks of professional racing. The Ford Racing ladder begins with the Ford Racing High Performance Driving School at Miller Motorsports Park featuring specially prepared school Mustangs.
The next step on the ladder is the Mustang FR500S, which is delivered as a race-ready vehicle, complete with a racing seat and safety harnesses, and provides competitors with a base to hone their driving skills and an exciting year-long schedule to race against other semi-pro drivers.