April 6, 2004
New York auto show
Ford shows Mustang GT-R racing concept
New York, New York – Ford took the wraps off a Ford Mustang GT-R race-car concept at the New York auto show that the company says is a “potential future race car.”
“The Mustang GT-R blends today’s breathtaking design, Ford Racing’s unmatched history and the most advanced racing technology into the ultimate Mustang,” says J Mays, Ford group vice president, design. “Mustang’s iconic image grew with every checkered flag so we think the Mustang GT-R is an appropriate tribute to the car’s 40th anniversary, and a hint at what’s to come.”
The bright Valencia Orange car – inspired by the famous Grabber Orange 1970 Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am race cars (the Yellow Mustangs) piloted by race legends, including Parnelli Jones – is a technological showcase that, when peeled back, reveals a number of existing or production-feasible racing parts.
The Mustang GT-R features Ford Racing’s 440-horsepower “Cammer” crate engine that already is affordably available to grassroots racers, and can be tuned to produce more than 500 horsepower under certain race series rules. Last year, a tuned 505-horsepower version of the “Cammer” notched world-class performance and endurance credentials by powering a Focus Daytona Prototype to victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona race.
“The GT-R is the Mustang racers would build if they weren’t bound by various road racing rules,” says Dan Davis. “We were fortunate to start with a rigid, well-balanced production Mustang that was proven on the track by some of the same people who, in previous jobs, helped Ford Racing win on Sundays.
“The Mustang GT-R could be adapted to conform to different series and budgets but, in this variation, serves as a dream machine. We took the