Ford has unveiled an innovative TracKey option for the 2012 Mustang Boss 302. It adjusts over 200 engine management parameters to ensure the Mustang is in complete race car calibration.

Ford has unveiled an innovative TracKey option for the 2012 Mustang Boss 302.

When ordered, a dual-path powertrain control module is installed and activated by using special keys. While this sounds rather complex, the idea is relatively simple. Instead of having a standard ECU with one software program, the control unit has two programs which are activated with specific keys - black for street, red for track.

Once the red key is inserted, the software adjusts over 200 engine management parameters to ensure the Mustang is in "complete race car calibration." Despite sounding like marketing voodoo, Ford says the key will eliminate the electric nannies that limit the car's true performance potential.

According to Mustang powertrain engineer Jeff Seaman, "From an engine management standpoint, we've done just about everything possible to give TracKey users a full race car experience. 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 TracKey system will be available from authorized Ford dealers and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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Ford Mustang Boss 302 to offer TracKey instant tuning