Ford Racing's competition program
for the new 2005 Mustang GT delivers first race cars to compete in the
Grand-Am Cup's GS Class.
Ford Racing Mustang GT race cars
will compete at the season-opening race at Daytona International
Ford Racing's 5.0-liter Cammer
‘R50’ V-8 powers the Mustang GT race car.
The Ford Mustang and sports car
racing. The two have gone hand-in-hand since the car’s debut in 1964, and
the latest version of Ford’s "pony car" will soon be returning to the
track in the Grand-Am Cup Series.
Today, Ford Racing and the Grand
American Road Racing Series announce that Ford Racing's 2005 Mustang GT
race car has been homologated to compete in the GS Class of Grand-Am Cup.
The Ford Racing Mustang GT race car is based off the all-new 2005 Mustang
GT that recently hit showroom floors at Ford dealerships around the
"We're excited about expanding our
road racing efforts in the Grand American Series with the addition of our
race-prepared Mustang GT," said Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing
Technology. "The 2005 Mustang and our 5.0-liter Cammer ‘R50’ V-8 make the
perfect combination to extend Ford's rich sports car racing heritage."
As announced at the Specialty
Equipment Manufacturer's Association (SEMA) Show in November 2004, Ford
Racing Performance Parts (FRPP) has become the one-stop shop for all the
racing needs of the Mustang enthusiast. FRPP will offer the race-prepared
Mustang GT in Grand-Am Cup specification, as well as all the racing
components necessary for race team support and for those enthusiasts
interested in enhancing their own Mustangs.
FRPP also offers a 2005 Mustang
"body-in-white" for those enthusiasts looking to build their own race
cars. Using the FRPP catalog of performance equipment, the
"do-it-yourself" builder has a choice of crate engines, from pushrod to
modular V-8s, and driveline components to help build a car for a variety
of racing series, including drag racing.
"Our goal with this competition
program for the new Mustang is to capitalize on our performance parts
program and the Mustang's successful history in road racing," continued
Davis. "The 5.0-liter Cammer engine family represents the future of Ford
Racing Performance Parts, and this program could help solidify the Cammer
as the performance crate engine of choice. As well, this competition
program will spur the development of performance parts for the new
Mustang, and possibly more programs for competition in other racing
The ‘R50’, the race version of the
Cammer V-8, as found in the Mustang GT racer, is an evolution of the
all-aluminum Cammer ‘T50’ crate engine, which is currently available from
Ford Racing Performance Parts. The ‘R50’ racing version features many
enhancements for road racing highlighted by new cylinder heads, from the
Ford GT supercar program, and a unique intake manifold. The Cammer V-8 is
based on Ford's family of modular V-8 engines; including the 4.6L DOHC
supercharged V-8 as found in the SVT Mustang Cobra.
"Ford Racing’s grassroots
motorsports efforts have been extremely successful in providing
opportunities to go racing at a good value," continued Davis. "We've
worked closely with Grand-Am to ensure that the Mustang GT will not only
be competitive, but will also offer racers a durable, reliable, and
affordable package to go racing in Grand-Am Cup."
The debut race for the new Ford
Racing Mustang GT race car will be the Grand-Am Cup Daytona 200 on Friday,
February 4 at Daytona International Speedway.
Ford Racing currently supplies the
5.0-liter Cammer ‘DP’ V-8 engine, developed by Robert Yates Racing, to
competitors in the Daytona Prototype class of the Grand American Rolex
Series. Recently, Ford Racing announced an all-star NASCAR Nextel Cup
driver line-up for the Crown Royal Ford Multimatic Daytona Prototype race
car competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, including 2004 Nextel Cup Series
Champion Kurt Busch, 2003 Nextel Cup Series Champion Matt Kenseth, and
former NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series Champion Greg Biffle.
The race-prepared Mustang GT in
full Grand-Am Cup-spec, as well as the ‘R50’ Cammer V8 and the 2005
Mustang "body-in-white", are available through Ford Racing Performance
Parts. Teams interested in racing the Mustang GT in Grand-Am Cup
competition should contact the Ford Racing Technical Hotline at: