The ROUSH Drag Pack Mustang is the first drag
racing purpose-built Ford since the 1969-70 Super Jet Cobra. This
car had 335 horsepower, oil cooler, enhanced connecting rods, modified
crankshaft and a choice of 3.91 or 4.30 Traction-Lok gears. In 1970,
the Mustang Boss 302 was also available with a drag pack option
but that only included different gears and external oil cooler.
Since then, for the past 36 years, no manufacturer has offered a
drag specific car, though there have been several parts packages
made available for customers to install post-title.
This 2007 Ford Mustang is based off the flagship
ROUSH Stage 3 and designed for safety, durability and adjustability.
A prototype has been racing in the Modular Muscle class of the NMRA
and tested almost weekly at Milan (Mich.) Raceway.
"When we returned to having a drag racing
program last season I challenged the team at ROUSH Performance to
build a car that can be driven to the track, have the tires changed
to slicks, and perform on the drag strip," said Jack Roush.
"This Drag Pack Mustang is the culmination of those efforts."
Roush has a fondness for drag racing that goes back to when he began
his motorsports career in the late '60s with the "Fastbacks,"
a group of Ford engineers that pooled their money to go drag racing.
He personally oversaw the development of the ROUSH Drag Pack Mustang.
Some of the parts that are unique to the ROUSH
Drag Pack Mustang include an upgraded flywheel and clutch, a one-piece
driveshaft with safety loop, a polished 4:10 ring and pinion gear
set, upgraded posi rear differential, bracing on the rear axle housing,
new lower control arm brackets with two attachment positions, and
high-strength axle shafts with extended wheel studs.
The suspension components are highly adjustable
and include tubular steel upper and lower control arms with rod
ends, tubular steel panhard rod and relocation bracket, rear stabilizer
bar relocation kit, and single adjustable front struts and double
adjustable rear shocks.
Other unique elements of the ROUSH Drag Pack
Mustang include having the battery relocated to the trunk for better
weight distribution and the inclusion of an external on/off switch,
a tachometer with shift light mounted to the dash, smaller ROUSHcharger™
pulley and engine calibration with a maximum of 7000 RPM. The car
will ship with both street tires and a set of Mickey Thompson rear
drag racing tires.
There are also a variety of options available,
including carbon fiber hood and fenders, line lock system, four-point
bolt-in safety bar, open system chiller box which provides maximum
intercooler performance, SFI-approved bell housing and upgraded
transmission shift fork pads, and straight pipes for the exhaust
system. A ROUSH short throw shifter is available with reverse and
More than 200 runs were made in the testing
of the vehicle, each challenging the functionality and durability
of the parts. If a component didn't perform as anticipated, failed,
or the ROUSH engineers saw some type of premature wear the design
was modified and then re-tested on the track. The 430 horsepower
car has achieved several runs in the 11.9-second and 113 mph range.
Plans call for only 50 ROUSH Drag Pack Mustangs
to be built, and they will be exclusively offered through Brandon
Ford in Tampa, Fla. For pricing and more details, contact Brandon
Ford at (813) 246-3673 or visit online at www.TampaBayFord.com.
Many of the parts that are included on the ROUSH
Drag Pack Mustang are also sold separately for existing car owners.
A complete listing and pricing can be found at www.RoushPerformance.com
or by calling (800) 59-ROUSH.