1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302: A Mission To Be Unbeatable
The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 was a Mustang with a mission. When the car was introduced in 1969, designers were tasked with making a Mustang that would be unbeatable racing on SCCA courses across the country, and on local drag strips. The Boss fit the bill perfectly. Although the Ford Mustang was already a hot property as a sexy, sporty ride, it didn't quite have the reputation it has today as a true performance car. The Boss was specifically created to change that perception forever. It all started when Ford tasked engineers with making the Mustang Boss a leader in the SCCA Trans-Am road racing series. They chose to use their NASCAR 429 engine as a starting point and engineers set about making a true performance Mustang a reality. PHOTOS: See More of the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
The end result was three different engine configurations and two body variants with styling by new Ford designer Larry Shinoda. The blacked-out hood, racing stripes, and front and rear spoilers made sure that its looks matched what was under the hood.
The engine combined a four-bolt main Windsor small-block with reworked heads from a 351 Cleveland engine with a forged steel crankshaft, connecting rods, and pistons. Ford claimed the Boss would make 290 gross horsepower, but its actual output was likely a bit higher.
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But don't think it was just about straight-line speed for the Boss. With the suspension system getting plenty of attention including stiffer springs and shocks, special sway-bar tuning, a stiffened chassis and wider tires. The end result was a Mustang that posted the fasted lap time on the Ford track to that date, and a car collectors are clamoring to get into their garages.
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