This Red Key Turns Your Boss Mustang Into A Race Car

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This is Ford's TracKey, a special key available to buyers of the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 that, when used, switches the dual-path powertrain control module (PCM) from streetable pony car to 444 HP track-ready stallion. Yes, the future is now.


Each 2012 Mustang Boss 302 will come with an all-black key that'll work just fine to turn on your car, giving you access to 444 HP of streetable power. But, thanks to a joint project between Mustang engineers and the Ford Racing dealer network, you'll be able to buy the TracKey that'll give you a second set of PCM software instructions. This TracMode software alters more than 200 engine management parameters, increasing low-end torque and turning the Boss into a competition-ready track car — complete with a two-stage launch control feature similar to that used on the Mustang Cobra Jet.

But, if you want to go back to street mode, all you have to do is start your Boss with the standard key, and your 'stang gets reset back to factory engine settings.

So, what exactly does the TracKey change? Here's the details we have so far from Ford:

The TracKey PCM software, installed by an authorized Ford racing dealer after a customer takes delivery of the car, adjusts variable cam timing, spark maps, engine braking, fuel control and other engine parameters – more than 200 in total – to provide a complete race car calibration. The result is an aggressive, race-bred driving experience all the way down to the lopey idle rumbling through the Boss quad exhaust.

"Anything that could possibly affect all-out performance is deleted from the TracKey calibration," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. "Throttle limiting and torque management – any daily driveability enhancements are removed and replaced with a pure Ford Racing competition calibration."

We're still waiting some more details from Pericak, but what he's given us is a pretty good start.

In addition to the TracKey, you'll also get a complimentary track day offered at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT. Although owners'll need to book their own travel, they'll get a chance to take the Boss out on the course under supervised conditions.


I know we're really geeking out over the TracKey — but just think about the possibilities of being able to download chip tuning instructions based on the track or the type of track. You have to admit, this has some really cool possibilities.



Mr. Bawss thanks for coming to your pre-production review

No problem, so you’re in charge around here is that fair to say?

Absolutely, I'm the BOSS. ok, so take us through a day in the life of the BOSS.

Well the first thing I do is

Dealer Markups (like a BOSS)

Cost a Fortune (like a BOSS)

Delete my Rear Seat (like a BOSS)

Recaro seats (like a BOSS)

My alcantara (like a BOSS)

Bitch I’m a 6 speed (like a BOSS)

Hit the Road Course (like a BOSS)

Turn the Red Key (like a BOSS)

Name and Password (like a BOSS)

Tune my own self (like a BOSS)

Advance my timing (like a BOSS)

Engine breaking (like a BOSS)

Ludacris speed (like a BOSS)

Set new lap times (like a BOSS)

Embarrass M3’s (like a BOSS)

Shit on Porsches (like a BOSS)

Pick up Garage Queens (like a BOSS)

Go to dinner (like a BOSS)

Fuck a valet (like a BOSS)

Back to my place (like a BOSS)

Test her tailpipes (like a BOSS)

Get rejected (like a BOSS)

Cry deeply (like a … wait)

Pick a street race (like a BOSS)

Eat a ‘Maro SS (like a BOSS)

See a ZR-1 (like a BOSS)

Fuck me a can't fucking do it shit

Pussy out (like a BOSS)

Idle loudly (like a BOSS)

Scare a Honda (like a BOSS)

Noise ordinance (like a BOSS)

Violation (like a BOSS)

Back to black key (like a BOSS)

Tone it down (like a BOSS)

Speed limit (like a BOSS)

Feel castrated (like a BOSS)

Photoshoot (like a BOSS)

Gran Turismo (like a BOSS)

5th Edition (like a BOSS)

Like EA Sports (like a BOSS)

I’m in the game (like a BOSS)

Score some NOS (like a BOSS)

Blow my rods out (like a BOSS)

Transform into (like a BOSS)

A red Ferrari (like a BOSS)

Combust randomly (like a BOSS)

Now I'm dead (like a BOSS)

Uh huh so that's an average day for you then? no doubt, you bang garage queens and snort NOS? hell yea. and I think that at uh one point there you said something about driving the speed limit? nope.