Yea, guys mostly use Fords for drag racing but Ford Racing does have experience in road racing. I can go back to 1993 where Ford racing produced the 1993 Cobra R. If you bought that car new I believe you were required to race it to some extent. The 1993 cobra R was a pure track car.
Basically all the mustang cobras were designed for track use with the 2000 and 2003/04 being the most desirable. Guys just take them to the drag strip as that's the American way of flexing muscle I suppose.
The 2020 Shelby gt500 which is at the top of the food chain now is an automatic. The 2020 shelby gt500 is actually a track car also even though it can rip a 10 sec quarter mile. If they can keep that transmission cool during track use (that has 750 ponies in front of it) our crown vics should be a cakewalk.
I get your point though about automatics. Maybe they know something we don't know. It's worth a shot to see what they say. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.roadand...utch-automatic/