- Price: $75,000
- Production Total: 75 (35 exclusively for the Race Series)
- Power: 4.6L V8 w/325 hp
Racing and the Ford Mustang go hand in hand. After all, with all that power at one’s disposal, the thought of opening up the engine at the track is ever so appealing. Shelby was the first to do it back in 1965 with the Shelby GT350R racer. With its 306 hp Hi-Po (219cid) V8 engine, the car was an instant success on the racing circuit. In 2008, Ford Racing gave buyers the chance to purchase another race-ready Mustang, the FR500S. For the first time in history, Ford Motor Company built the race cars at their own vehicle production facility. The car, which made its debut at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev., was offered up for sale to consumers through Ford Racing dealers, with an approximate price of $75,000. Best of all, you don't have to be a pro racer to own one. Anyone who had the money (and got in early enough) was able to purchase the FR500S.
So what did they get for all that dough? Well, for starters, the car is eligible for competition in the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup racing series. The race series, which debuts on race tracks across North America in 2008, will consist of approximately 8 races, all of which are sanctioned by the Grand American Road Racing Association. Of the 75 total cars being offered, 35 of them will be reserved exclusively for owners who opt to race the car in the series. However, if the owners want to race, they will need to obtain a national-level racing license.
PerformanceUnder the hood, the FR500S boasts a 4.6L 3-valve, fuel-injected V8 production engine with Ford Racing cold-air intake to match. Estimated output for this production racer is 325 hp. In addition, the car features a 6-speed transmission with an upgraded clutch and Ford Racing short-throw shifter. The racer also features unique two-way adjustable front dampers with coil springs and an adjustable anti-roll bar in both the front and rear suspension.
Race ReadyWhat really makes this car a racer, however, is all the racing accessories included in the package. For instance, the FR500S comes complete with FIA-spec racing rollcage, lexan rear and quarter windows, tow hooks, Sparco racing seat, and a dash-mounted start button. The car also includes a high-capacity radiator, Borla stainless-steel headers and X-pipe, Torsen differential, four-piston Brembo brakes with brake booster kit, fire suppression system, racing steering wheel with quick-release hub, front splitter and rear wing, and BFGoodrich g-Force R1 DOT tires.
ProductionInitial production of the FR500S takes place at Ford’s Auto Alliance International plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The cars are produced without air bags or other components which would make the vehicle unsuitable for racing. Then the cars are shipped to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele County, Utah where the various racing accessories, such as the rollcage, window net, and data acquisition system are installed.
In all, about six vehicles will be produced every two weeks. The first batch of FR500S Mustangs arrived at the Tooele County facility on November 17th, 2007. The first batch of 25 FR500S Mustangs were delivered to owners on March 1, 2008. For more information visit the Ford Miller Cup Racing Web site. Ford also offers the FR500GT, which races in the Mustang Super Series, and the FR500C which was introduced in 2005.