2012 Mustang Boss 302 review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 14 August 2010 , 10:08:08 byVeronica

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Mustang Boss 302

The 2012 Mustang Boss 302 completely redefines the Mustang capability and it is a full-race, off-road-only vehicle which incorporates roll cage, race seats, safety harness, data acquisition, race dampers/springs and Brembo brakes. The Mustang Boss 302R has already served as a very public test bed for the all-new road-going Mustang Boss 302, a car the proved to be a secret even for people working in the company. David Pericak, Mustang chief engineer, explained in a press report that the old adage that racing improved the breed held true as they had been building the production Boss 302, and the fact that Boss 302R race cars had used many of their planned production parts, they were given the advantage of six months' worth of racing telemetry to add to their standard battery of environmenal tests pulled from the 2011 Mustang program. Mike Harrison, Ford V8 engine program manager, stated that the 302R engines came straight off their production line with the same short block and the forged pistons, stronger connecting rods as well as the other refinements had already been designed for racing, so it was straightforward to take what they had learned on the track and apply it to the production car. In order to use more effectively the additional airflow that the new fascia aero treatment was abble to supply, plumbing changes had to be implemented and the Boss radiator was redesigned. Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing, stated that racing could serve as a technical proving ground for production cars as the 5.0-liter block and architecture in the Mustang Boss 302R was the same as the 2011 Mustang GT, and many of the 302R components as well as much of the engineering knowledge shared between their teams would soon be available to customers in the 2012 Mustang Boss 302. To celebrate the racing heritage of the new Mustang Boss 302, Ford will also offer a limited number of Boss 302 Laguna Seca models, named for the track where Parnelli Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am season opener in a Boss 302. Acceleration, handling, braking, and top speed are all equally matched for perfect balance on a car operating within the framework of legally defined safety, noise and emissions regulations. A race-inspired clutch with upgraded friction materials transmits power, while a short-throw, close-ratio six-speed manual transmission handles gear change duties. Every Boss features a unique quad exhaust system: two outlets exit in the rear similar to a standard Mustang GT. The other two outlets exit to either side of the exhaust crossover, sending exhaust through a set of metal discs that act as tuning elements before the pipes terminate just ahead of the rear wheel opening. Working in concert with the suspension upgrades, Boss 302 receives unique, lightweight 19-inch black alloy racing wheels in staggered widths: 9 inches in front, 9.5 inches in the rear, while the combined suspension and tire package allows Boss to achieve a top speed of 155 mph and become the first non-SVT Mustang ever to achieve more than 1.0 g of lateral acceleration. The exterior is subtle, but unmistakeable with a unique fascia and grille that are highlighted by the blocked-off fog lamp openings and aggressive lower splitter. Adding both to appearance and aerodynamics, an aggressive front splitter for track use adds downforce at the front of the car, while helping channel air under and around the car. At the same time, air impacting the front end is funneled into the radiator and brake ducts, supporting cooling even under grueling race conditions. The refinement and style of the interior are enhanced by a dark metallic instrument panel finish, gauge cluster and door panel trim also differentiating Boss from the standard Mustang, while a black pool-cue shifter ball and "Powered by Ford" door sill plates further remind customers they're in a special car.