Making its debut in 1969, the original BOSS
302 powered a limited production Mustang model sold for two years,
which was known as the BOSS 302. The car got its name from the legendary
engine that powered the Mustang to a Sports Car Club of American
Trans-Am series win in 1970.
“The original BOSS 302 was a race winning
engine. Sharing the DNA from the original BOSS 302, the new BOSS
302 begins with a block designed with racing in mind from the beginning,”
said Jamie Allison, manager, Ford Racing Performance Group. “Whether
racing in a sealed engine class, building an all-out drag racing
engine or looking for a street performer, the BOSS 302 block and
engine family meets the needs of all Ford 302 enthusiasts at a price
that is comparable to a performance-prepped stock 302.”
The new Ford Racing Performance Parts BOSS 302
line was conceived because there was an unmet need for engines built
from a block stronger than original regular production 302 blocks
but more affordable than full race-prepped blocks. The new BOSS
302 engine block features greater strength than most race blocks
and offers a street-capable cooling system design, something that
race specific blocks tend to sacrifice.
Despite its strength and capability, the new
BOSS 302 line is surprisingly affordable because of its high volume
production. And since it was designed within Ford Motor Company,
the engine also benefits from the improved quality and durability
that comes with a production type engine.
“The original BOSS 302 delivered less
than 300 hp. Today, enthusiasts are making 500 hp street cars and
they need a robust block. Race-specific blocks offer the strength
required but cool poorly for street use and are very expensive for
the average enthusiast,” says Allison.
Built from the all new BOSS 302 block, the BOSS
crate engines feature performance and packaging that accommodate
displacements from 302 to 363 cubic inches. Entry level engines
feature the Ford Racing GT-40X Xtra Performance Turbo Swirl aluminum
heads to retain stock exhaust locations and are rated at 340 and
345 hp. Higher performance versions include Ford Racing's “Z”-head
equipped 302 and 347 cubic inch engines rated between 360 and 450
hp, depending on configuration. The BOSS engine series is capped
by a 500 hp 331 cubic inch engine that showcases the capability
of the new block by breathing through all new ported Z-heads.