• Jun 12th 2009 at 4:57PM
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At today's third annual Ford Racing Invitational at Milan Dragway in Michigan, the automaker announced the availability of a new body-in-white based on the 2010 Mustang. The bare body shells will be available to racers looking to build Mustangs for all kinds of classes. Ford will start taking orders for the shells starting in mid-July and running through the fall. In order to avoid having to carry inventory, the shells will be built in batch in late fall and then delivered in December.

In addition, a variety of interior trim kits and wiring kits will be available to meet the needs of racers depending on the rules of the class they compete in. Ford is planning to offer the shells annually for at least the next several years based on the same schedule of orders in mid-year and deliveries in December.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This just in Ford is figuring out how to kick ass.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ummm... how much?
      sounds verry cool.. have they, or any other company, ever done anything like this before?
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM does it for the Camaro
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ford did it with the last generation Mustang also
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chrysler does it for the Challenger as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure it will be around the same price as the Body-In-White Camaro. It's like 7K I think.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love looking at modern unibody chassis setups.

      All those ridges and indentations were designed to have some function, usually increasing stiffness or crash resilience.

      probably lots of computer simulations and finite element analysis to come up with those designs...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't the shell he same as the one used in the production car? How come Ford will build a batch in Nov for Dec delivery?
      Unless all the production is already spoken for?
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, I'm sure not all production has been spoken for, but with the current automotive climate, you don't want to carry excess inventory at any point along the production process. Additional inventory means you have excess money tied up in the materials, labor, storage of materials, and other points in production, and that money isn't recapitalized until a sale is made and money changes hands. With that said, it could conceivably end up costing Ford more to produce and store these units in a warehouse until their bought, then the asking price for the unit.

        So, Ford is smart to do batch ordering, where a deposit has been paid by the purchaser to reserve the unit, all orders are built at once, the cars are delivered at the same time, and there is a very minimal storage requirement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hmm I could use one for when Forza 3 and GT5 come out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I-racer is already out
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool! Too bad I don't have the money for a project... I'd certainly enjoy working on one though.

      Also... I'm posting a comment before the article is published?
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