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Mustang GT-R Concept Car
NEW YORK, April 7, 2004 每 The muscular Ford Mustang GT-R rekindles the legend＊s road racing glory and the magic of 5.0-liter Mustangs in a stunning racing concept making its world debut today. The Mustang GT-R signals a potential future race car, while honoring four decades of performance glory just days before Mustang＊s 40th anniversary.
The bright Valencia Orange car 每 inspired by the famous Grabber Orange 1970 Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am race cars (the Yellow Mustangs) piloted by race legends, including Parnelli Jones 每 is a technological showcase that, when peeled back, reveals a number of existing or production-feasible racing parts.
Built at Saleen Special Vehicles in Troy, Mich., the car was developed by the same members of the Ford GT "Dream Team" who are building sub-assemblies and painting body panels for Ford＊s first supercar.
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 racecar is engineered to tackle the world＊s toughest road and street courses with a stiff structure 每 based on the all-new 2005 Mustang scheduled for sale this fall 每 a collection of the most sophisticated racing parts from many racing series and a Formula One-inspired steering wheel. However, the Mustang GT-R could be easily transformed into an affordable, competitive option for grassroots teams because it uses 85 percent of the 2005 Mustang＊s body components along with the same suspension setups and the already-attainable "Cammer" powerplant.
"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 ＆Cammer＊ engine from the Ford Racing catalog and built a race car around it with the best parts we＊ve researched and tested through our unmatched global racing program," Davis says.
Doug Gaffka＊s 每 design director, Ford Performance Group 每 design inspiration for the Mustang GT-R was simple: Flex the 2005 Mustang shell to wrap the engine and retain 85 percent of the production car＊s solid structure.
The front end is a further evolution of the Mustang GT coupe and convertible concepts that stole the 2003 North American International Auto Show and foreshadowed the design of the 2005 Mustang. The Mustang GT-R features the classic pony in the grille, surrounded by modern materials like carbon fiber as well as advanced aerodynamic treatments like ground-hugging front and side splitters.
The equally large rear fenders house tires that are an inch wider. Considering how quickly 18- and 19-inch tires became standard racing ware in recent years, the 20" tires on the GTR are a realistic forecast of the next evolution in racing rubber.
The classic Mustang rear quarter windows are blocked out to accommodate the fuel delivery "dry-brake" system on the driver＊s side. The doors are fully functional as required by many of the possible racing classes.
Probably the most striking design element, the prominent composite rear spoiler meets several road racing sanctioning body rules. The rear fascia, like the front, is a further expression of the GT concept design, with a wider taillamp execution. Endurance racers will instantly recognize the differential cooler mounted with an aluminum grille screen between the taillamps.
The Mustang GT-R＊s body retains 85 percent of the production car＊s body components that were stiffened by 30 percent as part of the Mustang＊s first full makeover ever. The only modifications include rear-mounted battery pods and a fuel cell relocated to the rear trunk.