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MM&FF Goes Behind the Scenes to Check out the Latest Roush Mustangs and F-150s
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On a recent trip to the Motor City, MM&FF spent the day at Roush Performance, home of the popular line of Roush Mustangs and F-150 trucks. Founded in 1995 by racing legend and Ford icon Jack Roush, Roush Mustangs have been a favorite with enthusiasts and we wanted to give you a behind-the-scene look at what it takes to build one.
During our visit we chatted with engineers, calibrators, and spotted Jack Jr. hard at work. Jack Jr. is excited about the upcoming racing season, where he’ll once again compete with his World Challenge Ford Mustang. Beyond the offices is the massive shop where those Ford Mustangs and F-150 trucks are transformed into track-capable animals. And while a mass of new Mustangs sat outside begging for a look, the below-zero temperature kept us inside.
Nic Shafer, director of ecommerce and online marketing, guided us through the facility, where dozens of Mustangs were being massaged with blowers, performance suspensions, wheel and tire options, stripes, interior upgrades and much more. The niche assembly line is well organized and features about a half-dozen rows with individual stations allowing technicians to complete the various modifications in a clean, concise fashion.
Roush offers a variety of packages and options, including the entry-level 305 hp V6-based RS Roush Mustang, the Roush RS1 with EcoBoost and 310 hp, the Stage 2 with 435 hp and the 670 horsepower RS3. Along with the smattering of Stage Mustangs, we saw Roush F-150 trucks, we evenspied a colorful TrakPak Stang sporting a huge splitter and wing and forged wheels. Under the hood was a wicked 850-plus horsepower supercharged Coyote.
Next to the TrakPak sat a militant-looking, matte green Mustang, which really grabbed our interest. Closer inspection revealed it was a new RST model developing a ridiculous 511-plus horsepower from just four-cylinders! While we didn’t get to drive this Stang, Shafer said we’d soon get our chance and he gave us a peak under the hood. And while we can’t tell you exactly what we saw, he did let us photograph the “Bomber” style leather seats and he demonstrated the unique light system that changes colors when you scroll to create a lightshow with the Mustang’s front tri-bar running lights. And on a different note, Shafer was sure to remind us that the 727hp Phase 2 Supercharger kit will go on sale this coming week.