If you want to buy a Mustang to use on track days, the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 won’t disappoint. In fact, if you can get your hands on a (sold out) Laguna Seca edition of the Boss 302, even better: the car’s stiffer suspension generates a surprising amount of grip in the corners, but hanging the back end out is as simple as mashing the gas and turning the wheel. Not only is the Boss 302 Mustang entertaining to drive, it’s also surprisingly capable on the race track.
The video below is part of Motor Trend’s “Hot Lap!” series, meant to help determine the best driver’s car in America. The results won’t be out until September 12, but SCCA World Challenge pro Randy Pobst was impressed by the Boss 302 Laguna Seca. Some of his comments included, “handled better than a Porsche Cayman” and “clearly better than any other Mustang I’ve driven.”
The Boss 302 Laguna Seca’s lap time around the Laguna Seca circuit was 1:41.06. That’s not even close to the 1:36.39 that Randy got out of the Lexus LFA, but considering the spread in price and technology between the two cars, it makes the Boss 302’s performance that much more impressive.