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Ford Resolves Suit Filed by Mazda over Boss 302 Laguna Seca Name 2
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca, Mazda, News on 04 2nd, 2012

The new track-ready Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition is probably the most capable Mustang out of the box for facing the demanding Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track. Somehow, I always had the impression that Ford would never get any flak for using the ‘Laguna Seca’ name, as it reiterated the new Boss 302 special edition’s track mannerisms for one of the most popular racetracks this side of the pond.

According to the Ford Authority, it seems Mazda filed a suit against Ford in lue of the naming rights to the track-spec Boss 302 Laguna Seca. The suit requested that Ford remove the track’s shortened name (or utilize a different track name) or use the full track name ‘Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’. The suit was not financial but as an answer to the demands, Ford has decided to make amends by changing the name to the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Edition. In Ford’s effort to remain optimistic about the situation, the first vehicle to roll off of the assembly line with the new full raceway name will wear an exclusive Rotary Blue color showcased at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

I am sure just about any automotive enthusiast, who is the least bit knowledgeable about the new Boss 302 and the infamous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track, already put two and two together to associate the Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition with the actual race track. It remains to be seen how well perceived this ‘minor’ change will be.

Motor Trend Pits The Camaro ZL1 Against The Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca 7
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1, Automotive, Chevrolet, Ford, Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca, Kurt, video, Videos on 03 7th, 2012

There’s an old-if-incorrect saying that goes, “never bring a knife to a gun fight.” Truthfully, the outcome of a gun versus knife confrontation depends on a lot of different factors, but here’s something to consider: there’s always a chance that a shooter will miss, even at close range. There’s very little chance that someone armed with a knife will miss. The moral to the story, then, is that it’s best to never underestimate an opponent, no matter what he’s bringing to the party.

Such is the case with Motor Trend’s latest “Head 2 Head” video, which stacks the new Camaro ZL1 up against last year’s Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition. We’re not sure why Motor Trend chose the Boss 302 instead of the Shelby GT500, since the Boss gives up some 136 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque to the Camaro ZL1, but perhaps it was simply a case of having the Boss 302 in the garage. In any case, think of the Camaro as the .45 caliber handgun, while the Mustang Boss 302 is the boot knife.

On paper, it seems like no contest until you start to look at the numbers more closely. Sure, the ZL1 has more power, but it also weighs some 413 pounds more. That’s a lot of mass to carry into a corner, then accelerate out, so the number of corners will likely have an effect on the race’s outcome. On the other hand, the Camaro’s four-wheel-independent suspension gives it a distinct advantage over the Mustang’s live axle on a bumpy track.

In the end, the gun won this particular fight, but not by the margin you may have expected. The Camaro ZL1 lapped in 1:41.3, while the Boss 302 Laguna Seca lapped in 1:43.7. This round goes to the Camaro, but we can’t wait to see the ZL1 stacked up against the next generation, 650-horsepower Shelby GT500.