The photograph above ought to be any true Mustang fan’s wildest dream: a one-of-a-kind 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302R prototype, developed by Ford Racing, with Grand-Am Road Racing aspirations.
But before you can truly appreciate the significance of the car, which will go up for auction at Mecum later this month, a brief history lesson is required.
Back in 2011, when this Ford Mustang Boss 302R was developed, the Grand-Am Road Racing sanctioning body still remained separate from the American Le Mans Series – the racing series with which Grand-Am would join to form the Tudor USCC. Ford campaigned several Mustang Boss 302R homologated race cars in the Grand Sport (GS) class, but they were relatively heavy compared to the field of competitors.
So, Ford Racing developed this lighter-weight Ford Mustang Boss 302R prototype, hoping to homologate it for 2012, but the request was denied. Grand-Am Road Racing officials deemed existing Ford Mustang Boss 302R examples, built from the production chassis with few special lightweight components, competitive enough that the prototype was unnecessary.
The rejected prototype, pictured here, will be crossing the auction block at the Indy 2015, from May 12th through the 16th. Mecum estimates the value at between $125k and $175k, though the lightweight 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302R prototype, with its unique serial number and signed letter of authenticity from the Ford Racing Performance Business Manager, is quite literally irreplaceable.
We’re still just trying to figure out where you could legally drive it.