(from Ford Press
Release) Acknowledging the Ford Mustang's storied racing
history and pivotal role in the performance parts aftermarket, Dan
Davis, Director of Ford Racing Technology, today announced plans to
continue Mustang's presence on the race track with a new performance
parts and competition program.
Davis revealed a race version of the new Mustang during Ford's press
conference at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer's Association (SEMA)
show. The Ford Racing Mustang show car is painted in legendary Bud
Moore "orange and black" livery, replete with the number '15' in
deference to Parnelli Jones' Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am car.
"The Mustang is synonymous with performance modifications and
competitive racing," Davis said. "It has an unparalleled pedigree in
many forms of racing, and the all-new 2005 Mustang makes a terrific
platform to continue that history of racing competition and
"Ford Racing Performance Parts will be the one-stop shop for
performance and racing when it comes to the new Mustang. We're going
to offer everything from a 'Body-in-White' for the do-it-yourself
builder, to performance upgrades for the shade-tree mechanic, all
the way to a full ready-to-race competition car for the grassroots
The Ford Racing Mustang
competition program will offer a multitude of options for the
grassroots racing participant. Ford Racing aims to bring factory
engineering and know-how to the development of race-prepared chassis
and vehicle offerings. Mustang is a proven competitor in many forms
of racing, and this program will cater to both drag and road racers.
The first offering from the competition program is a road
racing-spec Mustang. It is a ready-to-race track car that could
compete in a variety of road racing series. At the heart of this
package is Ford Racing's 5.0-liter Cammer V8 engine. The Cammer
crate engine already has a racing pedigree, with a Robert
Yates-built race version powering the Ford Focus Daytona Prototype
to a class win at the 2003 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
"The Cammer and the new Mustang make a perfect combination to go
road racing," said Davis. "We've already done a significant amount
of testing of the Cammer in our Daytona Prototype program, and the
engine is a terrific performer."
The Cammer V8 is available as a crate engine through the Ford Racing
Performance Parts catalog. The 5.0-liter Cammer is built from Ford's
family of modular V8 engines, including the 4.6-liter DOHC
supercharged V8 found in the SVT Mustang Cobra. The Ford Racing
Cammer crate engine produces 420 horsepower and 370 foot-pounds of
torque. It features electronic fuel injection and comes with
"plug-and-play" electronics, including the wiring harness and engine
computer, for easy installation in a variety of projects from race
cars to hot rods.
The Mustang competition program will help extend Ford Racing's
grassroots motorsports support back into the road racing community.
With the variety of race series available to entry-level up to
semi-professional drivers, the goal of the program is to provide a
competitive car – both in performance and value – based on Ford
Racing factory knowledge and race experience.
"Ford Racing’s grassroots motorsports efforts, including support of
the popular USAC-sanctioned Focus Midget series, have been extremely
successful in providing opportunities to go racing at a good value,"
continued Davis. "The Mustang road racing program will capitalize on
our crate engine program and the Mustang's successful history in
"We're investigating and talking with several sanctioning bodies
right now to determine where we want to take this product first. The
beauty of this program is that the foundation and package is
purpose-built and factory engineered to be competitive at many
levels of racing. Only series-specific equipment and regulations
will need to be applied to fit the road race-spec Mustang into
different types of competition."
The chassis, or "Body-in-White," has been seam-welded and the safety
cage has been structurally optimized and designed for ultimate
vehicle performance, durability and safety. This race-prepared
chassis allows Ford Racing to extend its offerings to include other
types of racing, including drag racing.
For the drag racer, Ford Racing is investigating the availability of
a rolling race-prepared chassis that can be built up using the
performance parts catalog of crate engines, transmissions,
suspension components, rear axles and gears.
"The possibilities of this program are truly endless," said Jamie
Allison, Manager, Ford Racing Performance Parts. "We're going to
keep listening to what Mustang enthusiasts want, and do our best to
deliver performance options that are factory-engineered, tested and
built to the highest standards."
Ford Racing has years of
experience and knowledge developing performance parts for Mustang
enthusiasts. The Mustang represents the single most important model
vehicle for the Ford Racing Performance Parts business, and it is
the No. 1 vehicle most modified by consumers as ranked amongst all
"Although Ford Racing Performance Parts has a growing line-up of
parts for Focus and F-150, the Mustang is the heart of our business,
so we've made a commitment to developing a variety of parts for
enthusiast owners," continued Allison. "From performance crate
engines to wheels, and suspension upgrades for what is now
last-generation Mustangs, we've got it all. And we plan to do more
of the same for the 2005 model leveraging the Mustang competition
Initial offerings in the catalog will be available in the first
quarter of 2005, with continuing roll-out of new parts over the
course of the year.
Powertrain enhancements include a bolt-on, screw-type supercharger
package for the Mustang GT's 4.6L 3-valve V8, including the
necessary calibration change. Other powertrain enhancements include
a tubular header system, cold air intake system, and cat-back
The catalog also includes a strut tower brace, further chassis and
suspension packages, and 18 x 9-inch performance wheels all
available early next year.
For those enthusiasts wanting to not just perform better but also
look better, Ford Racing has joined with 3d Carbon to offer a "GT-R"-style
body kit that is reminiscent of the Ford Mustang GT-R concept car
from the 2004 New York Auto Show.
Ford Racing is now the
sole distributor of 2005 Mustang "bodies-in-white" (BIWs) that many
builders use as the basic structure to build race cars for a variety
of different competition series, from road racing to drag racing.
These bodies are sold for off-road use only and can be built up
using any of Ford Racing's crate engines.
For a builder to purchase a BIW, an application must be submitted to
Ford Racing for review before release of the body for purchase.
Applications can be found on the Ford Racing Performance Parts
Discovery Channel's "Extreme Mustang:
Back to the Track"
The Discovery Channel
joined with Ford Racing Technology to give racing and automotive
enthusiasts an inside look at the decisions and processes that are
part of the Mustang competition development program. The resulting
documentary, "Extreme Mustang: Back to the Track," gives an
unprecedented look at this exciting racing program from its
inception to the first track test.