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Mustang Boss 302 Offers New Track Mode Feature

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On: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 4:57PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Mustang Boss 302 Offers New Track Mode Feature

Ford announced that the company will be offering an innovative “TracKey option” for the new 2012 Mustang Boss 302. The TracKey will shift the powertrain module into a software system that will enable 200 separate settings from the sports car’s street mode settings. Mustang Boss now offers full race calibration and two-stage launch control, as well as stock calibration.

The TracKey software is installed as an option after the Boss is purchased. The dual-path powertrain control module (PCM) is accessed by a specially programmed vehicle key. The new code coexists with stock Boss software, allowing drivers to choose between street or track use simply by selecting a key.

With the new TracKey feature, owners actually receive two keys: one with a black Boss logo and the other with a red logo; either key will start the 2012 Mustang Boss 302.Use the all-black key to turn over the ignition and you're treated to 444 ponies worth of street driving. When the driver selects the red—TracKey—he/she gets a competition-ready track car. The competition mode evolved from Ford Racing software which adjusts fuel control, spark timing, camshaft timing, and engine braking. It also increased the torque at lower engine rpm and initiates a two-stage launch control feature.

"From an engine management standpoint, we've done just about everything possible to give TracKey users a full race car experience," explains Jeff Seaman, Mustang powertrain engineer. "It's not 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."

The two-stage launch control feature is similar to that used on the Cobra Jet race car. Using a combination of steering wheel buttons, drivers canadjust the tachometer needle to apre-set launch rpm.Engage the throttle and the engine will rev to the preset rpm until the clutch is released. The feature was designed to aid acceleration and vehicle control from a standing start.

"Anything that could possibly affect all-out performance is deleted from the TracKey calibration," said Dave Pericak, chief engineer for the Mustang program.

The Boss 302 is a step upfrom the Mustang GT withupgrades inthe steering, lower ride height, and adjustable shocks and struts. The suspension has been modified with stiffer bushings and springs and a thicker rear antiroll bar.

The Boss can reach a top speed of 155 mph, and according to Ford, the Boss can pull more than 1 g of lateral acceleration.

The price for the TracKey package has not yet been announced.

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