• Jan 23rd 2010 at 9:13PM
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2011 Ford Mustang Daytona 500 Pace Car - Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 Mustang was just introduced a few weeks ago in Detroit, and already one lucky buyer will be able to get his hands on the very first modern 5.0 Mustang available for sale. That particular Mustang also happens to be the pace car for the upcoming Daytona 500 next month, making it all the more special. It's the first time a Ford has set the pace for the Great American Racing in forty years. Yes, Ford announced that they will be 50 replicas of the car, but this is the real deal.

There are quite a few other benefits that come with this particular car. Both Mark Fields and Carl Edwards were on stage with the car, and between the two of them they threw in a trip to the Daytona 500, VIP access to the Ford hospitality center, a tour of the pits, and a lap of the track in the passenger seat with Edwards. Not bad at all. Did we mention that proceeds from the sale will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation? With all those incentives, the final price of $330,000 made it the most expensive car of the auction so far.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


For the first time in 40 years, a Ford Motor Company product will be pacing the Daytona 500. Pacing the Great American Race will be the new 2011 Mustang GT Glass Roof Coupe with the all new 5.0L V-8. Ford Motor Company offers for sale the Pace Car for the 2010 Daytona 500. All proceeds over MSRP will go to help cure childhood diabetes through a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This vehicle is not a replica, it is the actual pace car that will pace the race on February 14, 2010. This vehicle is one of one, with a special Daytona 500 paint scheme, a Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace and mufflers, unique painted wheels and special interior treatment, including lit sill plates. In addition this vehicle is an early VIN and will be among the first 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L V-8's made available for sale to the public. This all-new high-tech 32-valve V-8 with Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing generates 412 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque while delivering a class-leading 25 mpg on the highway. This vehicle represents a unique opportunity for one lucky bidder to own the actual pace car of the 2010 Daytona 500 prior to the race. You will see your car pacing a field of 43 of America's finest drivers on February 14, 2010.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      All those ultra close-up shots, yet not a single good look at the lower front fascia.

      Also disappointed that Ford put a spoiler on it. The non-spoiled one in the press release was much cleaner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      and it's MUSTANG DAY at Barret Jackson & AutoBlog!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is a car which is already available in 2010 a 2011 model? Always wondered.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well it ain't "Road & Driver" ;)

        p.s..... research and development...
        p.s.s. 2011 cars are released in 2010 for two (sometimes three) reasons.
        1. 2011 sounds newer than 2010 (strangely enough) so people say "oh the 2011 is the newest one. (raises brow)
        2. Historically models were release in the Fall (Autumn) to attract new car buyers at a time when car sales are lower e.g. winter.
        3 (somtimes).. There are dubious companies that sometimes release a car WAY before they should which enable them to pad sales figures. Meaning it gives them a marketing tool which is "This car sold 20% more than the competitor in 2011" or "we had a 25% sales increase on our 2011 model. Kinda weak, but I've seen it happen!

        • 5 Years Ago
        R&D being?
        • 5 Years Ago
        R&D got ahead of themselves one year
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new pony was tricked-out by DUB Magazine.Nelly's blinged-out 2011 Mustang GT gets a glossy black exterior and flat-black racing stripes,” explains AutoWeek. “It rides on Pirellis that measure 22 inches front and 24 inches rear.The car also gets a billet grille, hood scoop, custom head and taillights and Borla exhaust. Inside are leather and suede fittings and a custom audio system
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Did we mention that proceeds from the sale will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation?"

      Is that true? When it was up on stage they said that all proceeds above MSRP. Why wouldn't they at least provide all above cost??? Or all proceeds? They don't mind donating as long as they make money. Seems like pure marketing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love to see Ford involved in doing this for charity. Ford continues in a great direction and that is why I own two 2010 Fords. Keep is up guys.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So he owns it even before it takes to the track at Daytona?

      I know this is unlikely, but what if the drivers ball up the car during the race somehow?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford keeps the car until after the Daytona 500, then the man gets to keep it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some dude pops out of no where and yells GAME OVER YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH
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