2012 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Package Detailed

While pulling the wraps off the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 model, American manufacturer Ford revealed a limited edition dubbed Laguna Seca is also available, which takes the model to track-ready condition. The package is, in fact, named after the first-place Boss 302 finish at the 1970 Trans-Am series opener.

As we mentioned in our previous report, the Laguna Seca package features increased body stiffness, a firmer chassis set-up and an aerodynamics package taken from the Ford Racing Boss 302R.

Laguna Seca cars are powered by the same 440 hp 5.0l V8 engine as the standard Boss, so Ford engineers only worked on making chassis enhancements. The package eliminates the rear seats, instead adding a cross-car X-brace that couples the structure between the rear wheels. The brace offers chassis stiffness improvements of as much as 10 percent and allows the suspension tuning.

The Laguna Seca Boss 302 also includes standard Recaro front seats and an Alcantara-covered race steering wheel, lightweight 19-inch alloy racing wheels shoed with R-compound ultra-high-performance tires.

All these improvements result in more than 1.03 g of lateral acceleration, stopping distances shortened by three feet from 60 mph over Boss, 0-60 acceleration improvements of one tenth of a second, and an overall expected lap time improvement of one to two seconds over the standard Boss on a typical road course.

Of course, the exterior of the car is also changed, with a bright red C-stripe and Black or Ingot Silver paint, complemented by a red roof panel. Red also sets off the front grille, mirror caps and rear pedestal spoiler, while Laguna Seca rear badging and unique two-tone red and silver wheels complete the look.

Appearance and aerodynamics are also enhanced by a new front splitter and underbody aero treatments, complemented by a large rear spoiler, adding as much as 90 pounds of downforce at 140 mph (225 km/h).

“Drivers who know how to get the most from a tuned race car on a closed course are going to be amazed by what the Laguna Seca is capable of,”
said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “The balance, agility and tuning of each vehicle system places the driver at the center of the machine, completely connected to everything the car is doing.”

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