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The Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca: Is It Coming Back? [UPDATE: Is It A Mid-Engine Mustang?]

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Here’s a total blind item, but yesterday we mentioned that there’s a very special event we were attending during Monterey Car Week. We’ve got a little more information and it seems like a very special iteration of the Mustang will be revealed on Thursday. What is it? I’ve got a few guesses.

First, here’s the image that’s on the invite:

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It only shows up for a second and vanishes. It’s quite clearly the modern Mustang logo, just redone in carbon fiber. The 2024 Ford Mustang GT is already quite the car, with Thomas noting:

Even taking minor quibbles into account, the 2024 Ford Mustang GT is the best Mustang GT yet. Effortlessly quick, incredibly easy to live with, and completely devoid of truly serious vices. The rough edges of America’s pony car have been polished off, much like the personal growth we undergo as we age.

Then, of course, there’s the Dark Horse and Dark Horse R that’s getting its own racing series. Here’s what the Dark Horse R nose looks like, with a flat badge:

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Mustang Dark Horse R

Here’s an even more closeup/closeup:

Mustang Logo Closeup

So that’s probably not it, though it’s possible (even though the secrecy wouldn’t make any sense).

Given the proximity of the Mustang to Laguna Seca, is it wild to think that maybe Ford is resurrecting the Laguna Seca moniker used on the Boss 302 Laguna Seca Mustang from 2012 to 2013? These highly limited high performance pony cars are some of the most sought after and admired models.

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Grabber Blue 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca

The Boss 302 came in two forms: The ‘regular’ Boss 302 took the then-new Coyote 5.0-liter V8 and gave it a new intake manifold, new cylinder heads, hotter gams, larger valves, and some other tricks to squeeze out 444 horsepower. It was such a cool project that a Ford marketing exec snuck out to California for the reveal. From a Car And Driver test of the vehicle:

[He] didn’t have to fly to California for the debut of the Mustang Boss 302. No one told him to. He came anyway. “I’ve been driving my own Mustang right through the past two Michigan winters thinking about this project,” he says. “From a business standpoint, the Boss 302 shouldn’t have happened. But it happened. My dream for the car was that it would make a lot of money for a guy street racing. It should be a car that winds up on YouTube doing something illegal. I’ve been waiting 20-plus years to launch a car like this.”

That exec, of course, is current Ford CEO and occasional visitor Jim Farley. Hmm…

Along with the Boss 302 came the even faster and racier Laguna Seca version with Recaro racing buckets, a Torsen limited-slip diff, and a big x-brace where the rear seats are supposed to be. Only 750 of those were made.

Of course, I’m making a huge leap from Ford is showing a carbon fiber badge to a new Laguna Seca (Dark Horse Laguna Seca?). It could also be the long rumored Mustang Raptor. That would also be dope. What do you think it is?

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Update: According to Ford Authority sources, this new Mustang is a mid-engine Mustang:

As a matter of fact, this upcoming mid-engine Mustang has already been shown to a select group of individuals in Las Vegas, who got to see the vehicle yesterday, August 14th, 2023. The public reveal will occur this Thursday at a special event in Pebble Beach, California. Sources say the vehicle will be built by Multimatic and it will be a Mustang branded vehicle, but it does not utilize the S650 platform.

Damn!

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Michael Martin
Michael Martin
10 months ago

What if it’s the GTD pro imsa car announcement?

I have a photo of it, just don’t know how to post it

Last edited 10 months ago by Michael Martin
Millermatic
Millermatic
10 months ago

Hopefully it looks better than Chevy’s midengined effort…

Theotherotter
Theotherotter
10 months ago

Oh dang, I was right!

Carbon Fiber Sasquatch
Carbon Fiber Sasquatch
10 months ago

Not sure how I feel about a mid-engine Mustang if the front engine ones are still going to be around. It better have a very distinct naming scheme or non-car nuts are going to get confused. I’m thinking Cobra or Daytona for anything mid engined

Chartreuse Bison
Chartreuse Bison
10 months ago

Ford already shit on the mustang name by calling a midsize crossover a mustang.
A mid-engined racecar is a step up

Carbon Fiber Sasquatch
Carbon Fiber Sasquatch
10 months ago

I mean, you right

Maymar
Maymar
10 months ago

The first Ford to wear a Mustang badge was mid-engined!

https://www.supercars.net/blog/1962-ford-mustang-concept/1962_ford_mustangiconcept2/

Alec Weinstein
Alec Weinstein
10 months ago

>hotter gams

I get it, but that’s probably not the word you were aiming for

Drew
Drew
10 months ago
Reply to  Alec Weinstein

Check out the gams on that Mustang!

John Beef
John Beef
10 months ago
Reply to  Alec Weinstein

Yeah! My first thought was Great Gam Gam from Beerfest.

Dennis Frederickson
Dennis Frederickson
10 months ago

Could it be a 7.3L “Godzilla”stuffed into the S650 chassis?
Son of Boss 429 (technically 445ci)?
Be still my heart!

Thomas Metcalf
Thomas Metcalf
10 months ago

Taking a Godzilla and reducing the stroke to bring it to 429 cid would let it rev a bit more.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
10 months ago

According to my feed, Ford Authority is saying it may be a mid-engined Mustang.

Like the GT is kinda returning, just now as part of “the Mustang family?”

So I guess means eventually Ford will sell only Mustangs, Broncos, and F-series pickups. Sigh.

Captain Muppet
Captain Muppet
10 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Mid engined Mustang? Ooooooooh!

Branding issues aside, that sounds cool.

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
10 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

In the future, all restaurants are Taco Bell and all cars are Mustangs.

Actually, that’s a future I’d be in favor of.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
10 months ago
Reply to  Rad Barchetta

I duuno…I’m not too confident in my ability to figure out the three seashells.

Joseph Kinney
Joseph Kinney
10 months ago

Mustang Raptor? Why the heck not!

Cool Dave
Cool Dave
10 months ago

Hoping for a Boss 302, expecting a ‘dark’ version of whatever the electric one is called..

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
10 months ago

Dark Horse S

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
10 months ago

*whispers*

The S197 Boss 302 is one of the best performance per dollar values on the market right now

…with that out of the way, it sure would be cool to see it come back. I’m also crossing my fingers that the Voodoo V8 makes a triumphant return because it’s a spectacular engine. It’s…definitely not the most reliable of the assorted Mustang V8s but I don’t care. It revs out to 8,000 RPM.

But I have a bad feeling this is going to be a stupid Mach E thing to try to drum up interest for them since they’re not selling. I don’t think they’re going to announce a new Mustang variant this early in the model cycle, especially since they launched it with the Dark Horse.

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
10 months ago

I hate to say it, but I think you’re right. Mach E something or other.

Jonathan Hendry
Jonathan Hendry
10 months ago

My dream for the car was that it would make a lot of money for a guy street racing. It should be a car that winds up on YouTube doing something illegal.”

Jim Farley is an asshole.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
10 months ago

I was a little surprised by/don’t totally get that quote myself. When I think of a Boss 302, I think of Parnelli Jones, a uniquely American road racing series, and a factory race car meant to be driven by professionals.

Cool Dave
Cool Dave
10 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

I always took his sentiment more as meaning he didn’t want collectors buying them and sticking them away in bubbles, they were supposed to be driven and/or abused a little.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
10 months ago
Reply to  Cool Dave

I like your take, hope it’s true. Just seemed odd to not reference track use in some way. Woulda thought Ford was too focused…after all, at this point, it’d clearly made the decision to produce the GT and reenter endurance racing.

Ben
Ben
10 months ago
Reply to  Cool Dave

There are plenty of ways to express that sentiment without using illegal and dangerous activities. He chose not one, but two, of the wrong ways.

rctothefuture
rctothefuture
10 months ago

He swings a bat around in meetings and points it at people when he wants them to talk. I’m not saying that makes you an asshole, but…

KennyB
KennyB
10 months ago
Reply to  rctothefuture

Does he bash someone’s head in occasionally, Al Capone style?

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
10 months ago
Reply to  KennyB

Is he truly a leader without bashing heads?

Duke of Kent
Duke of Kent
10 months ago

Three-row Mustang Mach-E the size of an Expedition

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
10 months ago

Maybe it’s the second coming of the ’80s SVO Mustang idea, except this time with a ecoboost V6 (but hopefully still with that cool offset hood scoop and bi-wing spoiler).

But it’s probably just another member of the Mustang “family”…a slightly sportier variant of the Mach-E I bet. Mach-E Boss-E trim. Sigh.

Canyonsvo
Canyonsvo
10 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Can’t be a SVO without a high-output 4 cylinder. I guarantee Ford can get 400hp out of the 2.3 Ecoboost. I still say Ford would rather forget the original SVO. And I say that as the owner of a 1986 about 25 feet behind me. Hell, we got 350 whp out of the SOHC Lima in it and a lot of other people have gotten way more than that.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
10 months ago
Reply to  Canyonsvo

I’d be fine with a performance version of the 2.3, esp. if a manual would be available!

I was just trying to think outside the box, as Ford might…what would be around/readily usable, something to generate interest, etc. Be cool if some of the SVO’s handling goodies were available too…didn’t they have Koni adjustable dampers standard?

Last edited 10 months ago by Jack Trade
Canyonsvo
Canyonsvo
10 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Yep. Also a Hurst shifter, 4 wheel disk brakes and a few other special items.

Stinger
Stinger
10 months ago
Reply to  Canyonsvo

I see you, fellow SVO owner (two of them about 100 feet to my left).

Canyonsvo
Canyonsvo
10 months ago
Reply to  Stinger

Hi, Stinger! The clutch, PIMP and several other parts came from you.

World24
World24
10 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

So, a Mustang SHO?
Of which, looks aside, that would be SWEET.

Canyonsvo
Canyonsvo
10 months ago
Reply to  World24

I also own a 2013 SHO. The 3.5 Ecoboost is a great engine, maintenance issues aside, but it’s just not right for a reborn SVO.

World24
World24
10 months ago
Reply to  Canyonsvo

Which is why I’m saying SHO, and not SVO.
Using “idea” means, to me, that they’re thinking that they’re going to do a performance version of the Mustang that’s not a V8, and the only next logical step is one of the twin turbo V6’s Ford’s been using for years.
I’m just imagining a Mustang SHO: a lightweight Laguna Seca-esqe car with the 2.7 EB (or 3L, if it also has the lighter CGI block, because IIRC, the 3.5 uses iron) would be cool af.

Canyonsvo
Canyonsvo
10 months ago
Reply to  World24

Yea, but the SHO has always been a four door. Don’t get me wrong, I think the 3.5 would be awesome in a Mustang, I’d just call it something else. Oh, did the article mention Raptor Mustang? No, don’t do that either.

Resurrect the Grande trim. Haha!

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
10 months ago
Reply to  World24

I was thinking just what you were – what would Ford do that it isn’t currently, as as way to generate interest?

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