When Ford brought back the iconic Boss model for the Ford Mustang, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before a race version of the car would be released. But lo and behold, even we didn’t think that it’d be this soon. Shortly after the production version of the Mustang Boss 302 was unveiled, Ford Racing, in partnership with Bud Moore Engineering, unveiled the Mustang 302R, a factory-built race car that’s currently competing in a number of racing series, particularly the Grand Am, the SCCA, and the NASA.

The car, which was built to honor the 40th anniversary of Parnelli Jones’ 1970 Trans-Am championship, is a serialized off-road-only vehicle that comes with a 5.0-liter four-valve engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. As a race-spec version of the Mustang Boss 302, the 302R has been decked with race-only features, including a roll cage, race seats, safety harness, data acquisition race dampers and springs, and a Brembo brake and tire package. Back when it was launched last year, Ford Racing announced that a total of 50 BOSS 302R Mustangs would be built with a starting price of $79,000.

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The Mustang Boss 302R took the reigns from the Mustang FR500C, Ford Racing’s successful race car that won numerous titles, including three Triple Crown championships of driver, team and manufacturer’s titles in KONI competition including two straight in 2008 and 2009, and two driver’s titles in the FIA GT4 in 2007 and 2008.

In its inaugural season in the Grand Am Continental Tire Sport Car Challenge last year, the Mustang Boss 302R managed to get its feet wet despite not posting a win during the entire season. With a year of experience under its belt, the Boss 302R has become a contender in the ranks, highlighted by its recent win this past weekend for Multimatic Motorsports driven by Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster at Barber Motorsports Park. While the team currently sits five points short of Turner Motorsports and their title-defending BMW M3, we don’t expect the Mustang Boss 302R to be a pretender soon.

The car has ‘contender’ written all over it, and if the car can live up to the expectations of its predecessor, then we won’t need to wait long for the Boss 302R to prove all of us right.

Kirby Garlitos
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  (248) posted on 08.3.2011

The transformation of the car looks more aggressive and sporty. The exterior seems impressive though I’m not sure on what will be the official speed performance of the car.

  (242) posted on 08.3.2011

Well, I guess this was the vehicle wherein the Cake Boss was inspired. Mustang have made an impressive modification on the car and I would say that this is one of the best aftermarket that I have seen so far.

  (570) posted on 07.7.2011

Yeah, I have to agree that the speed performance of this car is quite impressive! I really like the version of this car for its far from the look of a traditional muscle car.

  (539) posted on 07.7.2011

Well, as expected from the Mustang it has a reliable engine. BTW, was impressed with the Ford on how they manage to keep the styling of this car updated!

  (599) posted on 07.5.2011

Yeah, same here. I was impressed on how they got a good inspiration from a vintage car.. it really looks so sporty! I bet this car will sell like a hot cake in the market!

  (776) posted on 07.5.2011

Yes! This is really an awesome car! I like sporty detailing of this car! It doesn’t look like a typical boring muscle car. The paint job of this car reminds me of the Lexus LF-A. BTW, the speed of this car is good thing also.

  (577) posted on 05.18.2011

Yeah, I agree. This new model of Mustang seems cool like its predecessor! Honestly,
I was impressed that the current production of this car has an amazing power output! And I think its the best time to test drive and test its reliability.

  (580) posted on 05.18.2011

I can’t believe that this car was based from the 1969 model!I haven’t seen any vintage touch on this car. And I think its a good point, at least the hater of Mustang wouldn’t see any ground to curse this model again.

  (377) posted on 05.17.2011

I have to agree that this car has a gorgeous look but I think that sticker just messed on the car. It would be better if they have removed it.

  (702) posted on 05.4.2011

This Ford Mustang boss 302 was totally gorgeous. I absolutely agree with this captivating catching eye attention.

  (676) posted on 04.26.2011

The sticker makes the car look good and i think if you are going to remove that and put the racing stripe, well, its too bland plus one thing that i have noticed the ford badge was put many times around the car.

  (613) posted on 04.26.2011

When i first saw the car it makes want to say WOWsmiley I like the clean look of this car and I think the yellow paint job makes this car look so refreshing.

  (579) posted on 04.20.2011

Yeah, i think this would be a good proof that this car needs to stay in the line and it really shows on how timeless is the beauty of this car.

  (692) posted on 04.20.2011

The car look so clean and decent with the yellow paint job! Who said that Mustang needs to be killed? Guys, better think twice now..

  (539) posted on 04.20.2011

You’re right. I really don’t understand why some people find this car ugly. It really looks good and the car’s performance is really something that you will like.

  (806) posted on 04.19.2011

Wow! That paint job reminds me of Chevy Camaro. Anyhow, I find the aesthetic quite impressive especially those wheels. Long live Mustang!

  (398) posted on 04.19.2011

I’m glad to see on how the Mustang evolves during the past decades. I like the current version of 302R. For those people who criticize this line maybe its time to see the positive side of itsmiley

  (336) posted on 04.19.2011

Why am I not surprised? Well, I was also already anticipating a Boss racing car when they first said that they’re reviving the name. And this car is really looking good.

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