Today is a big, big day for the Mustang. After a short but dominating run, the FR500 series of factory racers are being retired to make way for the new kid in town. That new kid is the Boss 302R, which will make its racing debut today at the Grand Am opener in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Mustang Source is reporting that the Boss 302R is ready for its Grand Am debut, and practice laps show it has outpaced all of its rivals thus far.

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The Boss 302R makes use of Ford’s new 5.0 liter V8 engine. With 412 horsepower and 390 ft-lbs of torque in stock form, the Boss engine has been stripped of superfluous equipment like air conditioning, equipped with a better exhaust and a high rise intake. It is a bold move to take an untested engine and thrash it about the road course, but the risk seems to be paying off.

There will be 17 Mustangs in total competing in tomorrows race, and of those, four will be Boss 302R’s. The rest will be the outgoing FR500C’s, likely to be the Boss’s main competitor. During practice laps the fastest car out on the track was the #16 Boss piloted by Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell took top spot. They managed to make it around the Daytona track in 1:59.215 at 107 mph. It was just one of seven cars to tackle the track in under two minutes.

We are really looking forward to this season and we’ll be sure to let you know how the race turns out tomorrow.

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