Race fans are going to be treated to quite a preview of the 2011 Ford Mustang GT, as the ‘Stang will be the official pace car of the 2010 Daytona 500. One of NASCAR’s most famous races, Daytona kicks off the new racing season. This is the first time a Mustang has ever served as a pace car at Daytona, and ends a forty year drought for Ford (the last Ford to pace Daytona was a 1970 Torino GT convertible).
The 2011 Mustang GT’s most promising feature is under the hood-a new 5.0 liter V-8, good for 412hp. The pace car will be a Race Red glass roof GT. The pace car is distinguished from regular GT’s with a Daytona paint scheme, Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace and mufflers, unique wheels, special interior treatment and lit sill plates. Ford is going to offer the car to the public, but you had better hurry-a total of only fifty cars will be offered. The actual pace car is going to be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction on January 23rd. It’s a safe bet that once sold, all fifty cars will be locked away in climate controlled garages.