Ford promised its Mustang Boss 302 customers that their car was perfect for both the street and the track, and that the dual nature of the sports coupe could be personified with the TracKey. Pop that lovely little device into your ignition and your Boss 302 takes on a different attitude. Hundreds of parameters are changed to work in concert as the car takes on a more track-focused mindset. The TracKey has Boss 302 owners salivating at the prospect of owning sporty daily driver and track star, which occupies a singular spot in their garage.

There's a bit of a problem, however, and it seem that Mustang owners have California to blame.

Ford is butting heads with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the stalemate has left Boss 302 owners without their TracKeys. The folks at CARB know that the TracKey alters the emissions leaving the tailpipes of the Boss 302, and they have a problem with that. Until these issues are sorted out, Ford won't be able to deliver any TracKeys to Boss 302 owners.

As you can imagine, that has the car owners a bit peeved. One owner in particular has decided to vent his frustrations in a manner befitting our Internet-adled brains. Turning to the surprisingly popular Hitler video meme, he has applied his thoughts to the video antics of Adolf.

Click past the jump to watch the clip (note: NSFW language). Also, be sure to click through our gallery of the Ford Mustang Boss 302, while you pretend what it would be like if CARB turned a blind eye to the TracKey issues.


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      280zevo
      • 3 Years Ago
      There seems to be alot of california trolls on this thread, its a track key for the track, if i were ford i would just not sell the car there. actually i would get together with all the other car companies and stop selling cars in cali all together, Obviously most people don't like to drive there so let them take public transport
      g2gfishing1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whatever side you are on.... You gotta admit that video was hilarious.
      OP Hiruchus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone note that "SS" in the video and "Camaro SS" were lined up?? Perfect.
      Jarda
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow, every time there is post involving California it is about this state being annoying based on AGW, homeopathy or similar b/s
      J.D
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm getting jack of this... I ordered one of these in April and it's only just been built. And because I'm in Australia, the combined cost of compliance, import duties and luxury car tax means I'm looking at a bill of close to 130k u.s just to get this thing...I don't live evn remotely close to the stupid tree hugging hippie idiots in California, the car will be lucky to see more than 5000kms a year and it was bought specifically for motorsport and Tarmac rallying, and one of it's key features (pun intended) is not available... I should have just bought the damn Shelby... Screw you CARB, and screw the horse you rode in on. I can assure you pricks that your precious chai latte that you sip every morning came from plantations on forests that have been cleared in the amazon, prepared by children earning less than a dollar a week, but I don't imagine you would ever tell your precious barrista that do you? Clowns...
        oly va ha
        • 3 Years Ago
        @J.D
        you sir are dumb to be paying 130k US for a mustang....
          J.D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @oly va ha
          I'm in Australia you idiot, it has to be converted to Right hand drive, and I get gouged for import and luxury car tax by the government. Camaro's are about the same, and vetted and vipers are 200k. I wanted a mustang, and I'm not in the U.S. Thats what I had to pay. I love your attitude, at least in 30 years time the car will still be in showroom condition, all of the ones sold to locals will have been thrashed, crashed, neglected or all 3. Down here, we admire and respect these cars. I've seen better concourse 68 Shelby gt500s and 69 z28 camaros than I ever saw in the states. Many of us import older muscle from the u.s to restore them and return them to origionL condition. So I'm dumb for wanting what's been touted around the world as one of the best cars to come out of the u.s? Love your patriotism and your pride in stuff thats American made. You sir are a f&@kwit. Oh, and the $130 piece o' crap Honda that you get around in? Now thats awesome... Man I wish I could afford to import that...
          nvedamuthu
          • 3 Years Ago
          @oly va ha
          130k AUSTRALIAN
        NY EVO X MR GUY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @J.D
        Im a NYer. Screw California. Im sure their earthquakes will get more and more exciting each year. Cheers to you in Australia and feeling what it is like to hold a rare car (even for this state) the Boss 302.
          J.D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NY EVO X MR GUY
          Thanks mate, it will be enjoyed! Look forward to seeming the big apple in 2012!
      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just do what Nissan did with Nismo on their Skyline GTR R33. Nissan asked Nismo to create a 400PS version of the GTR because the factory itself was never allowed to make it over 280. So the "aftermarket" tuning bypassed the law. All Ford needs to do is partner with some tuning company like Saleen or Roush then let them take care of the TracKey. Meaning they can use aftermarket tuning as an excuse.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      So be a man and tune it yourself. Like people have been doing for about a century now.
        Baylok
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        That's what I do on trackday with my Subaru. Just load up a track map and off I go.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can either get the most out of your car and most likely fail emissions or have it pass emissions at the cost of a more conservative tune. So you are never going to get the most out of your car having to meet emissions.The TracKey was designed for maximum performance, emissions be damned, hence why it is only supposed to be used at a track. Ford shouldn't be held responsible for people who decide to use the TracKey on the streets. I think a key for a more aggressive tune is genius, no need to load a new tune with a handheld tuner. I bet if Ford offered this key as a Ford Racing accessory and not from the factory there'd be no issue. It's the same as Mopar's stage kits for the SRT-4s. Those tunes altered emissions on a car that barely passed stock but CARB didn't care and block sales. I bet that's because those stage kits were bought as an accessory and not installed as a standard feature. The devil is in the details.
        Bowen's Garage
        • 3 Years Ago
        because the car is less streetable. timing is changed, deceleration is modified. essentially, you go back and forth between a 93 octane race tune and a street tune. you should figure out what you are talking about before you chime in. you obviously have no idea what you are posting about other than what you read on autoblog.
        RevenantDC5
        • 3 Years Ago
        You ask, "Why not just make the car good to begin with?" They made it excellent. You would not want the track tune on the street. I get the idea you aren't around a race track much. Cars tuned for track use are not very livable on the street. Ford gave consumers the ability to have a car that excels on the street and track. TracKey and other setups allowing an owner to easily choose the tune and calibrations most ideal for their situation is wonderful. Who complains about options? Only a person ignorant of how much computer tuning affects a modern vehicle would term TracKey "stupidest".
      Russell Ford
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man it has to be annoying to live in Calif. when things like this come up. I live in Texas and if Ford had a key that when inserted made the tailpipe spew toxic waste it would be approved in 5 minutes. God bless Texas.
        Georgie Porgie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Russell Ford
        Really glad you have no issue spewing toxic waste into the populace. I'm not one that can stand hyper-legislation. But your attitude makes me (sadly)think its necessary from time to time.
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Georgie Porgie
          I guess you've never heard of exaggeration.
        Bioderek
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Russell Ford
        I'm in texas too, just got the VIN for my LS today...lived in Cali for over 30 years, nice place to visit.
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Russell Ford
        Also, the car's top speed would increase by about 50mph so you can keep up with the hog-chasing helicopters shooting them from the air. Feral hogs... gotta get them all!
      Mark
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's annoying, but I can kinda understand California's position here: Question: How many Boss 302 owners would drive around with the "track" key all the time (except on days where they had to get emissions tested)? Answer: Pretty much all of them.
        mycr0ftholmes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark
        All 3000. Oh noes.
          kant
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mycr0ftholmes
          And all 3000 of them should have to go jump through the same hoops as everyone else.
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark
        I don't think virtually any of them would use the Track Key on a daily basis. I would imagine it's much easier to drive with the regular key in. And how much more does it emit? I don't see how it could be that much...but apparently it's enough for the CARB Nazis.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          If CARB lets Ford get around emissions that way, then every company would do the same.
          BigJayDogg3
          • 3 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          @Rotation Then that's between CARB and the driver. Not CARB and the manufacturer.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark
        [blocked]
        RevenantDC5
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark
        From what I understand, the TracKey setting is not very pleasant during street use. Owners would not want to use it on the street. This isn't something that simply unlocks more power. The TracKey changes shift points, idle speeds, fuel/air ratio. It would get annoying driving it on the street.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @RevenantDC5
          People drive 1 ton dualies even though they don't tow anything. I know two people with Lotus Exiges and drive those on the street, have you been in one of those for any period of time? People cut the springs on their Civics and drive them bouncing around all over the road. Just because it's unpleasant doesn't mean people won't do it.
          BigJayDogg3
          • 3 Years Ago
          @RevenantDC5
          @Rotation Considering many 1 ton duallies are now stiff spring luxury trucks with hyper wide hips, I don't see how that compares to a track car that is a headache to drive around.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a shame a nice place like california has to be wrecked by such bs nanny-statists. I have to think Ford will find a solution to this problem though.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Yeah, they'll make the car pass emissions, just like every other car on the road.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          It doesn't pass emissions because passing emissions means passing emissions in all modes. Other cars and companies can manage this. Ford can manage this. Or if Ford wants to get around this, they have to change the VIN and make it a an unplateable vehicle, then you can't drive it on-road. But if they want to sell it for on-road use, they have to follow the law like everyone else does.
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