• Apr 25, 2011
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Ford's new M3-fightin' Mustang, the 2012 Boss 302, is a 444-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive two-door designed to fight well above its weight class. Motor Trend decided to spend quality time with the coupe, and something scary happened. Not scary as in 'whoa, this thing is scary fast' but more along the lines of 'call my tailor, I ruined my pants' terrifying.

Part of M/T's testing gauntlet includes a look at braking distance. Road Test Editor Scott Mortara ran the Ford up to 70 miles per hour. Now it was time to see how quickly he could bring it to zero. Typically, this is just a matter of mashing the brakes and holding on. The sound of straining tires is a sound that's welcome, but a metallic snapping noise is not. Either way, the 2012 Boss 302 was a runaway pony.

Mortara used the six-speed manual transmission to reduce the coupe's speed before exiting the track through a gap at its end. What went wrong? A pin that connects the brake pedal to the rod that actuates the master cylinder had failed and snapped off. Normally, the brake pedal connects to the rod in a manner that distributes the pressure evenly over a large surface area and would still actuate the brakes when one presses the pedal. The setup on this particular Mustang was faulty, and allowed for far more pressure on the individual piece that failed.

Ford has examined this car, as well as the brake installation process at its assembly plants. It seems this car is unique in its defect. Motor Trend contends that it's possible the brake assembly was removed then reinstalled after the vehicle left the factory, which could explain why the part failed in such an abnormal manner. Check out the full story over at Motor Trend.


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[Source: Motor Trend]


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      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's also interesting that no mention was made of the parking brake use...if any. Of course, pulling the brake with the ratchet on is sure to make the rear end come around, but judicious use after using engine braking would have been the correct move.
      Govis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ooops. It's important not to have screwups in the press fleet.
      mythicalprogrammer
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a lot of mustang variants. Sucks for the brake though, hopefully, they'll be super careful after this incident.
      2drsrbtrrthn4
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad that Mr. Mortara is okay, and that the failure of this part didn't cause any injuries. I'm especially glad that Ford inspected the failure immedidately and shut down production while the brake assemblies could be inspected on the line. That said, my belief is that Mr. Mortara knew EXACTLY how to handle this incident, and that the brake test was conducted at a location on the track that would not put anybody in harm's way. Let's just agree that this was an incident that was worth reporting, and now every Tom Dick and Harry have to put in their 2cents. Seriously, would any well respected publication perform such a test on a section of track where overheated brakes or melted pads or boiled fluid would put the driver or any bystanders in the line of proverbial fire? Lets use our heads people.
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      Electrical faliure...SOOO TIPYCAL ON AMERICAN CARS...make me remebmer Clarkson`s Ford GT
        Stuka87
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        Electrical failure? Did you read a different article than the rest of us?!
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        Clarkson's Ford GT had electrical problems because the aftermarket alarm that was added by the importer was either junk or installed wrong.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_M7_
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      • 3 Years Ago
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        lanemo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Chevy fan huh Silvy? Yea, it sucks to be you and a Chevy fan these days. Talk about pathetic.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow..really?...-100 points for complete lack of creativity and originality
        merlot066
        • 3 Years Ago
        -200 points for messing up the "or" row, haha Fix Oor <-- ? Repair Daily
          • 3 Years Ago
          @merlot066
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          • 3 Years Ago
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      Mike McDonald
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford needs to stop letting the Chinese build our muscle cars...
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buy a Ford It's the Best! Drive a mile Walk the rest!
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        By your comment, it appears you just awoke from a long, long nap, a 30 year one. I think you and GMfanboi have a lot in common.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          How do I get voted down for this? Ford's quality has improved immensely since the days of "Fix Or Repair Daily" 30 years ago. Heck, I had an 89' Mustang that I ran the crap out of and still started right up after 200k miles. Sorry to get off subject, but I just believe in giving credit and criticism where they are due.
          mikemaj82
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          ok, so you have good luck with Ford. My entire family used to buy nothing but Fords in the 80s, until every one they had gave them so many problems, they eventually switched to GM. And for 20 years now, we've owned nothing but GM cars, and had no problems whatsoever. Don't know how many Fords you've owned, but for 20 years we've had 6 GM cars between the the 3 of us, and we had some of them for 10 years at a time.
      gregmlr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would expect nothing less from the blue oval.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 3 Years Ago
      The problem is "freak defects" like this should never happen. What if this happened to a vehicle in traffic. When it comes to essential vehicle components like a braking system it must be 100% failure proof with zero chance of defect. 99.9% isn't good enough. Food for thought. If only 99.9% of planes landed safely everyday at o'hare airport there would be 2 crash landings every day.
        Baron95
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        Freak problems will ALWAYS happen. That is a certainty in live. Don't like it, go back to video games. It is unfortunate that it happen to such an interesting car. Luckily, no one got injured, Ford took the proper action - stop the line and investigate - and all the Mustang buyers will be safer tomorrow than they were prior to this incident. Life goes on.
        BikerDad
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        MazdaSpeed6, you're almost as much of an idiot at Z71_Silvy. It IS possible to achieve "never happen." They do it in the Navy with their nuclear power plants. Do you know how much a simple pin like the one that failed costs the Navy nuke program? About 100x what the exact same non-nuke pin costs. Now, multiply the cost of the braking system, steering system, and fuel system by 100x. Heck, since we've got economies of scale, let's just go with 10x. And now your base V-6 Mustang goes from 22k to over 40k. Safety has a cost. Do you want to insure that you're never in a car accident? Simple, don't drive, don't walk on public streets, in fact, buy yourself a cave a mile away from any road and never leave it. THAT'S the cost of "never having a car accident." See, you can do it. Or, you can go on wishing for unicorns and fairydust.
      Levine Levine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford has a better idea. Built Ford tough. At Ford, quality is job one. Drive one today! FORD. Found On Road Dead. Hopefully, it means the driver is alive and well.
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