Ford Mustang GT-R 40th Anniversary Concept

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 - inspired by the famous Grabber Orange 1970 Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am race cars (the Yellow Mustangs) piloted by race legends, including Parnelli Jones - is a technological showcase that, when peeled back, reveals a number of existing or production-feasible racing parts.

The Mustang GT-R features Ford Racing's 440-horsepower 'Cammer' crate engine, already affordably available to grassroots racers that could be tuned to produce more than 500 horsepower under certain race series rules. In 2003, a tuned 505-horsepower version of the 'Cammer' notched world-class performance and endurance credentials by powering a Mustang to victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona race in the Daytona Prototype category.

The race car is engineered to tackle the world's toughest road and street courses with a stiff structure (based on the all-new 2005 Mustang scheduled for sale this fall), 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 as it uses 85 percent of the 2005 Mustang's body components along, the same suspension setups and the already-attainable 'Cammer' powerplant.

While conceptual in spirit, the Mustang GT-R is built by racers and is a capable performer with an eye on stepping up Mustang's road-racing presence. Several racing series - American Le Mans, SCCA Trans-Am, GrandAm Cup and the FIA - could easily accommodate the Mustang GT-R. For example, the car could meet some series rules with basic modifications to the brakes, wheels, tires and body parts.

While the Mustang GT-R is a concept, the car was engineered to perform at racing speeds with parts available to weekend warriors through the 2004 Ford Racing catalog today. The 5.0-liter EFI 'Cammer' crate engine, including the wiring harness kit, will sell for an MSRP of $14,995. The 'Cammer' engine takes the guesswork out of installation projects by offering a choice of several length 5.0-liter,4-valve modular wiring harness kits that are created specifically to cover the most popular engine swap configurations.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

Source: Ford press and RM Auctions

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