Ford Racing has race-prepped the Mustang Boss 302 to create the 302S.
The 302S is designed for series such as SCCA’s World Challenge GTS and the NASA American Iron Series, although for those with enough money, it could simply become a track day toy.
Under the hood, the same 440 horsepower 5.0L V8 as in the road-legal variant is found, connected to a six-speed manual, again from the standard 302. Actual changes include a revamped aero kit, improved cooling system, uprated brakes, adjustable suspension, anti-roll bars and a race-ready interior.
The Boss 302S will begin production in the second quarter of 2011. Only 50 units are planned, each with a $79,000 price tag.
FORD RACING’S BOSS 302S READY TO RACE IN ‘11
Dearborn, Mich. — 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.
Source: Ford Racing and Autoblog