AutoArt 1:18 2005 Ford Mustang FR #55- Gue/Jeaninette- Grand-Am Cup GS - Ltd Ed of 6000
Inaugurated in 2005 by the Grand American Road Racing Association, an extension of NASCAR, the Grand Am Cup series is a relatively low-cost showcase for production-based sports cars and touring sedans with few allowed modifications. Ford quickly lent its support, its Ford Racing Performance Parts division offering customers a turn-key race version of its new Mustang called the Mustang GT FR500-C.
Priced at $125,000 and built in conjunction with Multimatic Motorsports, the FR500-C included a body stiffened by extensive seam welding, a 5.0-liter R50 “cammer” V-8 mated to a reinforced Tremec T-56 six-speed transmission, full roll cage, Brembo brakes, and racing suspension kit. Mustang FR500-Cs took five victories in the 11-race inaugural season, handing Ford the 2005 manufacturer’s championship over class rivals BMW, Porsche, Cadillac, Nissan, and Pontiac.