Mustang 427R Track Pak
Roush Mustang 427-R Trak Pak Supercharged 5 Speed
Nobody knows more about getting a Ford around a racetrack quickly than Jack Roush. The Roush Mustang 427R Trak Pak is perhaps the ultimate embodiment of Jack's decades of accumulated knowledge, all packed into a street-legal car that is an absolute weapon on a road course. With the growing popularity of "open track" days at local road courses, it was only a matter of time before a professionally-built car for these enthusiasts was conceived, and nobody does it better than Jack Roush.
One of only 100 Trak Pak Mustangs built, this particular 427R Trak Pak Mustang has been in the care of one meticulous owner since new, and presents in spectacular condition in every measurable way. Equipped with every available option, it is one of only five Vista Blue coupes, and of those, only two were equipped with the optional white stripes and graphics. The ROUSH three-piece aerobody kit gives the car a menacing look that is completely functional on the track, and includes a front fascia, front chin spoiler and hood scoop. Out back, the optional $700 adjustable carbon fiber spoiler is proof that this car means business, complimenting the optional quarter window louvers that recall the original Mustang fastback. The Vista Blue paint on this car is simply spectacular, and the blending between the factory paint and Roush's work is invisible. This car has never seen rain or snow, and was probably wiped down every time it was driven - in short, it's as nice as new Mustangs get, and there's a ton of eyeball appeal here.
The 427R Trak Pak's hood pins, unique graphics and Roush badging add to the overall styling of the car, while a black bar high flow front grille and radiator cooling shields enhance cooling under demanding track conditions. Glass is unmarked, and it's unlikely that the windshield wipers have ever been used.
Like all 427Rs, the Trak Pak features a supercharged and intercooled 4.6 liter V8 that cranks out 435 horsepower and 400 pounds of torque. Roush's patented “Roushcharger” is an Eaton style blower that sits atop the engine and exhales through an air-to-liquid intercooler that helps manage on-track temperatures. In fact, everything has been upgraded to deal with the rigors of racing, from a beefier cooling system to a strut tower brace that reinforces the front end and improves steering precision. Other upgrades include a high-flow air filter and a special Roush intake snorkel that gives the blown engine a sinister whine at idle and an incredible roar from trackside. There are also serial number tags verifying that this is #95 out of 100 Trak Pack Mustangs built, as well as the signature of the guy who assembled the car.
Most of Jack's ministrations focused on the chassis and getting it ready for competitive use on the track. The transmission is a 5-speed manual driving a rugged Ford 8.8-inch rear, but that's where the similarities to a stock Mustang end. Gears are a track-appropriate 3.55, which gives the car long legs at the big end, but good power out of the corners, and a Detroit True Track differential ensures that every bit of power gets to the pavement. The suspension has been upgraded with coil-overs front and rear, with adjustable shocks and tunable ride-height and corner loading adjustments. New sway bars were fitted at both ends as well a set of highly adjustable camber/caster plates to fully dial in the alignment. Brakes feature positively massive 14-inch two-piece rotors up front with six-piston calipers, while the rear end uses the stock Mustang pieces, which aren't too shabby, either. Race pads and high-temperature brake fluid are, of course, mandatory, and brake cooling ducts feed the front brakes cool air from the front fascia. In fact, this car is so meticulously maintained, that the original ducts were slightly marked from the front wheels at full lock, so a replacement set is included, brand new in the box. The exhaust system is a custom stainless steel setup that's exclusive to Roush vehicles, and sounds downright predatory, even at idle. Wheels are special charcoal gray Roush 18-inch forged alloys wearing super sticky 275/40/18 BFGoodrich G-Force T/A KD tires.
Inside the cockpit, the driver will immediately notice the upgrades that come with the Roush 427R. The seats are beautifully stitched black and blue buckets, with the rear seat finished to match. The dash features a three-gauge dash pod with engine oil temperature, coolant temperature, and a boost gauge, as well as a cool shift light integrated into this dash pod so you don't need to watch the tach all the time. Roush-specific gauges feature white faces and Jack's signature that lights up. This car also carries the optional carbon fiber interior trim, billet pedals, and Roush door sill plates, as well as all the standard Mustang amenities such as A/C and a powerful stereo. A short-throw shifter with a retro-style white cue ball knob makes this one of the slickest-shifting Mustangs in history, and you'll never miss a shift in this car. And for safety, a fire extinguisher has been installed in the passenger's side foot well, just in case.
Documentation is extensive, as you might imagine on a car of this caliber owned by such a conscientious owner. Of course, both the original Ford and Roush window stickers are included, detailing the options on this loaded car (it got everything Roush could throw at it except the trunk-mounted tool kit), and adding up to more than $60,000. We also have the original Ford owner's manuals, maintenance guide, quick reference booklet, warranty information, and other assorted paperwork that came from the factory. We also have the Roush-supplied 427R Trak Pak owner's guide supplement, Roush brochures, and all the paperwork that came with a new Roush Mustang. And as a Trak Pak car, it includes the wrenches used to adjust the shocks, a bottle of Motorcraft touch-up paint, and the original license plate brackets.
There's little to fault in this 427R Trak Pak Mustang. It's a superb track car and probably makes a decent road car, assuming you can put up with the stiffer suspension and occasional squeaks from the racing brake pads at slower speeds. Considering this car's out-of-the-box abilities, it's a real steal, not to mention its potential to embarrass any number of vehicles around a circuit. If you're one of the growing group of guys who like to go tear up some pavement on the weekends, and straight-line drag racing is a little too ordinary, then this Trak Pak was built for you. As-new in every way, it's ready to race or show, or even to drive every day. Jack Roush doesn't compromise, and neither do his cars. Call today!
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