Just a few days ago, we brought you footage of Fifth Gear hostess Vicki Butler-Henderson flogging the Ferrari 458 Spider along the hills outside Maranello. Epic, to be sure, but is Ferrari the only show in town? Of course not.

Many have challenged the legendary Italian marque over the years, but among the proudest moments – for Americans, at least – was when Ford, still reeling from a snubbed takeover deal with old man Enzo himself, took to Le Mans to take on Ferrari.

The showdown went down in the books as one of the most grueling battles in motorsport history. And now Vicki has relived the experience by taking one of Ford's latest performance machines – the Mustang Boss 302 – down to La Sarthe to take on a few Prancing Horses of her own. She may cite some tired chapter and verse from The Standard List of British Complaints About American Cars, but Butler-Henderson still seems to enjoy herself a great deal. Follow the jump to watch the segment.


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      AldenBiesen
      • 3 Years Ago
      "By European standards this is still a way off" she said. As a European I wish we had that kind of muscle for a price that wimpy...
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AldenBiesen
        theres always warm beer and bad teeth.....
          AldenBiesen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Makes sense.
          gtv4rudy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          ... now it's getting personal.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Bad teeth? Sounds like a trip to West Virginia.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          nah, I just LOVE stereotypes...oh, I forgot Pasty.....
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          aatbloke... Have you even been to West Virginia? I'm guessing you haven't, but if you have then I would imagine you're blind.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who else thinks that Vicki would be a handful in bed?
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would trade your left kidney for one of these faster than Kim Kardashian can divorce a husband.
      Douglas Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow anyone notice Vicki has a lil junk in the trunk? And no i'm not complaining.
      oliverc
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a Boss 302 owner (Chassis #1067) and an Englishman i'd agree with most of what VBH said. When you're reviewing an import only car in the UK its hard to compare to the right hand drive cars available due to price differences along with the lack of other american muscle to compare it to. She never really talked about it in comparison to any other car as most journalists have (M3, R8 etc) and she has clearly got a preference to more light and nimble cars, but she's still loving the car which is great. On the track the fact that she was overtaking cars 20+ years old and not chasing around the Elise's shown as she was on the pit exit is frustrating as i've regularly kept pace with Exiges and other similar cars in stock condition when i take my car out and would have thought that would be a better comparison Also I'd say that 150 miles on a tank is a bit on the low end. I'm averaging 17-20mpg highway but she was clearly not doing 70 in 6th the whole way....
      andyiii
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm surprised that they did not say anything about the special "Track Key" which unleashes more power.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @andyiii
        Not more power. Better throttle response, launch control and engine braking tho.
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          ...and 500 more revs :D
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          But the dyno graphs I have seen show power reaching near its max from about 6000rpm, then barely climbing until maxing at 7000. Not sure what those extra revs would be used for. If power stays the same as rpm increases, it means torque is dropping pretty fast. Id love to see someone tune a Boss to actually peak at 8000rpm with say 500hp. Then it would be worthwhile revving so high.
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @andyiii
        i have a feeling she didn't have it.. otherwise, it would have been well noted because the car becomes something completely different.
      Kevin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not up to European standards? The Mustang shouldn't be compared to the Europeans. Sure it has the performance to measure up to an M3 or some older Ferraris, but it's a different car appealing to a different driver. And I still think the Ford GT is among THE best modern supercars to date, it's time Ford brought it back to take on the 458
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      She's no Mustang Sally
      JT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Vicki did a great job. Besides, remember we're the colonies. Anything they don't like from us doesn't matter because we won the war! That's right, we put body roll into our cars on purpose gov.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        have to agree Matt, but as limp wristed as the Boss is, what exactly does that say about the direct competition it takes for breakfast???????????????? you really have to grow up......
        ngiotta
        • 3 Years Ago
        Speaking of limp... nice to hear from you again True. You've been busy today... what with all of the news of Ford 1-upping GM.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        I see AB removed my comment. 2 expletives in 1 line too much? But I spoke for everyone when I said: Go away you ******* retarded piece of **** troll. No way is this the worst car she ever drove. In series 17 ep 8, she drove a V6 Camaro. Nuff said.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        Go away you ******* retarded piece of **** troll.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        Matt, you are my vote down hero....
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          for those that dont know True Voice is P71, Z71SLVY aka Matt aka lost soul.....
      zzzzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      She is a dumb horse face. This is why women shouldn't be allowed to drive in the UK.
        Peter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zzzzzz
        That type of comment is unnecessary. VBH is smart, funny, well spoken, and a great driver.
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