Today, Ford Racing announces a development program to expand its
performance parts catalog offerings to include the new 2005 Ford
Mustang. The new Mustang carries on the tradition of affordable
performance and will most definitely be the target of enthusiast
"tuners" and racers.
Discovery Channel program Extreme Mustang: Back to the Track
documents the development of racing parts for the new Mustang.
"The Mustang is at the core of Ford Racing Performance Parts'
business, from simple bolt-on upgrades all the way to complete crate
engine assemblies," said Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing
Technology. "We're very excited to see the 2005 Mustang hit the road
and we're working on having a variety of performance parts ready for
all those enthusiasts out there that will drive straight from the
dealership to their garage for installation."
The Mustang represents a huge opportunity for performance parts
development. The Mustang has been integral to the Ford Racing
Performance Parts business, and has delivered many of the parts that
are currently featured in the catalog, such as the 5.0-liter small
block V-8. It has also been the impetus for continued engine
development, such as the new 5.0-liter Cammer V-8 based on Ford's MOD
Ford Racing has embarked on an aggressive development program for
the 2005 Ford Mustang to evaluate all areas of the vehicle for
performance upgrades. The initial target for parts will be bolt-on
items that will produce more engine power as well as parts that will
provide visual distinction from an off-the-showroom floor model.
Davis explains that during this development program, the team
discovered an interesting opportunity. "As we built up a development
prototype, we saw the opportunity to take Mustang to the most extreme
level of modification, by turning it into a race car. So, with the
help of a team of motorsports specialists from Multimatic, we began to
investigate the possibility of a 'turn-key' racer based off the new
The team was on to something and another investigation was started.
With a performance parts strategy for the new Mustang already in
progress, there were a few other pieces of the puzzle that made timing
for this project, internally codenamed Boy Racer, just right. The
5.0-liter Cammer V-8 crate engine already had 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.
As well, Ford Racing has been involved in supporting new forms of
grassroots motorsports that offer good value to those interested in
getting involved in racing. And, of course, the racing heritage of the
Mustang is unmatched, and the 2005 model harkens back to the glory
days of racing legends including Carroll Shelby and Parnelli Jones.
The Mustang's rich history in racing has spanned a more than
40-year life of the vehicle. It has been successful in all forms of
racing, from drag racing to Trans Am road racing, and has especially
ignited enthusiasts' participation in entry-level forms of motorsports.
"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 new 2005 Mustang and our 5.0-liter Cammer V-8
crate engine make a perfect combination to extend Ford's rich sports
car racing heritage."
The new Cammer 5.0-liter V-8 is available as a crate engine through
the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog. The Cammer V-8 is built
from Ford's family of modular V-8 engines; including the 4.6-liter
DOHC supercharged V-8 found in the SVT Mustang Cobra. The 5.0-liter
Cammer crate engine produces 420 horsepower and 370 pound-feet 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.
"Our goal with the Boy Racer project would be to capitalize on our
performance parts program and the Mustang's successful history in road
racing," continued Davis. "The 5.0-liter Cammer represents the future
of Ford Racing Performance Parts, and this program could help solidify
the Cammer as the performance crate engine of choice."
"The key factor in determining the future of this Mustang race pro
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 a race car 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.