A "real" ROUSH® 2010 Mustang hit the racetrack for the first time in early February at the Cooper Tires testing facility in San Antonio, Texas, the same track where much of the development of the ultra-high performance Cooper RS3 tire took place. If you recall from a prior 2010 Insider post, the chassis engineering team has been working on the suspension for several months already, but had been using a 2009 chassis because of the similarities between the "old" and the "new" model year vehicle chassis.
Now, with a pre-production 2010 Mustang fitted with all the new ROUSH® body and ROUSHcharger® components, the team attacked the track armed with a ride stuffed full of electronics and high-tech testing equipment. They performed a litany of tests from full high-speed runs on the track to slalom, skid pad, wet runs, and much more. This extensive testing is further proof that ROUSH® goes to greater lengths than any other company to validate the products that are installed on the vehicles and sold as individual components. Have you ever heard of anyone but ROUSH® going to the extent of performing a wet test?
In summary, the tests went well and the engineers came back with smiles, just like we expect you to have once behind the wheel of the ROUSH 2010 Mustang. Though the Cooper test track is closed to the public, and the session was done in complete secrecy, a handful of photos were taken, but will only show you one, for now. For the rest, you’ll have to wait until the March 18 unveiling!