Born in '69. The Radar Gun Came Shortly After.
For the first time in 42 years, a road racing legend returns. Why so long? Because we weren't going to do the Boss if we couldn't do it right. That meant creating an exterior that's every bit as lean and mean as its predecessor, and backing it with a 444 hp* beast under the hood. See how the Ford engineers prepared the 2012 Mustang Boss® 302 for the streets.
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Ford introduced methods for large-scale manufacturing of cars and large-scale management of an industrial workforce using elaborately engineered manufacturing sequences typified by moving assembly lines. Henry Ford's methods came to be known around the world as Fordism by 1914.
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You hold two keys: One has a black Boss logo, the other red: Either will start your 2012 - 2013 Mustang Boss 302. Slide the all-black key into the lock cylinder, give it a twist and you’re treated to 444 ponies worth of smooth, street driving joy. Or choose red – the TracKey – and you have a track-ready car. “From an engine management standpoint, Ford Racing has done just about everything possible to give TracKey users a full race car experience,” explains Jeff Seaman, Mustang powertrain engineer. “It’s not intended for use on the street – for example, the deceleration is set up to preserve the brakes, and the throttle response is very aggressive. A skilled driver on a closed course will really appreciate the benefits.”
As part of the TracKey software package, Ford engineers also devised a launch control feature similar to that used on the Cobra Jet race car. Using a combination of steering wheel buttons, drivers can set the tachometer needle to a desired launch rpm. Floor the throttle and the engine will rev to the preset rpm until the clutch is released, helping aid acceleration and vehicle control from a standing start. One key, hundreds of changes
TracKey introduces the concept known as the dual-path powertrain control module. The industry-first, patent-pending innovation allows two separate sets of engine management software to exist on a single PCM, selected through the existing SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS) transceiver found in current production keys. The TracKey PCM software, installed by an authorized Ford dealer after a customer takes delivery of the car, adjusts variable cam timing, spark maps, engine braking, fuel control, throttle response and other engine parameters – more than 600 in total – to provide a complete race car calibration. The result is an aggressive, race-bred driving experience all the way down to the lopey idle rumbling through the Boss quad exhaust.
|Model:||Ford BOSS 302|
|Engine:||The 444-HP Hi-Po 302 4V Ti-VCT V8|
|Horsepower:||444 @ 7,400 RPM (est.)|
|Torque:||380 ft/ib @ 4,500 RPM|
|Fuel:||87 Octane, 16 Gallon Capacity|
|Front Suspension:||Independent MacPherson Strut with reverse-L lower control arms|
|Rear Suspension:||Three-link solid axle with limited slip differential, Panhard bar and shock damping|
|Body Length:||188.1 inches|
|Body Width:||73.9 inches|
|Weight:||3632 lbs (+ Driver)|
|Steering:||Rack-and-Pinion with electric power-assisted (EPAS)|
|Wheel Base:||107.1 inches|
|Wheels:||Aluminum Wheels 19" x 9"|
|Tires:||Pirelli PZero Max Performance|
|Brakes:||Four-wheel Power Disk ABS Brembo|