While we’ve been busy watching Lucky the GT350 cavorting in Mexico, Ford has been busy prepping the new FR500S for display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. This is really some pretty impressive news, as the Mustang racer is Ford’s first factory ready race car. Destined for a new Mustang only spec series, the FR500S is powered by a sealed 4.6 liter, 3 valve V8 built by Roush. The program gives racers the opportunity to race a real live Trans Am style showroom stocker at the value price of $75,000.
Ford press release and series logo after the break
The Mustang FR500S race car
Building on MustangÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rich and successful racing heritage, Ford Racing is offering customers a new way to affordably race with the all-new 2008 Mustang FR500S. This car will be the heart of the all-new Mustang spec series, the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup, which will make its debut on tracks around North America in 2008.
The FR500S was built on the production line at AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, Mich. Interior work was completed at Watson Engineering in Taylor, Mich.; the 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8 production engine was produced by Ford in Romeo, Mich., and sealed and dynoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d at Roush Industries in Livonia, Mich. It will retail for $75,000 straight from the Ford Racing parts catalog.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Few manufacturers can say that they build race cars right on the production line, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re proud to be one of them,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The FR500S provides customers and racers a chance to get into a high-performing vehicle that is durable, reliable and competitive Ã¢â‚¬â€œ straight from the factory.Ã¢â‚¬Â
With the addition of the Mustang FR500S to the current stable of Mustang race cars including the FR500C and FR500GT, Ford Racing now provides customers a ladder of car offerings to help them climb up the ranks of professional racing.