On the heels of the launch of the new 2013 ROUSH® Stage 3™ Mustang, ROUSH Performance headed west to attend the annual Western Auto Journalists (WAJ) event in beautiful Monterey, California. The event made for a great showcase both for the 2013 ROUSH Stage 3, as well as for the company's new line of parts intended for ultimate performance at the track.
About The Cars
The Silver 2013 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang:
Before the 2013 ROUSH Mustang even starts to move, the styling cues make a statement. The new styling components include a more aggressive front splitter, fog lamp pockets, a hood scoop, newly designed graphics, a front grille, lower grille frame out, and an updated lower rear valance. Additional styling upgrades include side splitters, quarter window louvers, a three-piece rear wing, and a front window "ROUSH" banner.
Start the car and step on the throttle, and you will be moved by the upgraded ROUSH powertrain, producing a whopping 565hp and 505 lb-ft of torque (up from the 540hp and 465 lb-ft of the 2012 Stage 3).
To learn more about this exciting new vehicle, visit the 2013 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang vehicle page.
The White Road Course Parts Car:
As for featuring the new line of parts for use on road courses, ROUSH started with one of its Stage 3 Mustangs. The upgrades beyond the Stage 3 package were quite minimal but very effective for the track. The white car featured the following:
- A racing style, carbon fiber rear wing from Kognition Design with custom mounts to fit the rear decklid.
- An EATON TrueTrac differential for optimum balance between slip and locking going into and out of the turns.
- The ROUSH Trak Pak double-adjustable suspension system.
- Sparco EVO racing seats and harnesses with custom brackets to fit the Mustang floor seat mounts.
- A roll car to increase safety and mount the belt harnesses to.
- Light-weight flow-molded D-Force wheels.
- Ultra-stick R-compound tires.
- AiM SOLO data acquisition system
About The Event
The Western Automotive Journalists association, also known as WAJ, is a group of prominent automotive reporters based in the western United States. These journalists are car enthusiasts themselves and contribute to a wide variety of publications.
For 20 years now, WAJ heads to Monterey, California each year to host its biggest event, their "Annual Media Day." The event spans three days. Day one kicks off with a car show, day two includes ride-and-drives on the roads surrounding Monterey, and day three finishes with hot laps at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, home of the world-famous downhill "Corkscrew."