Roush Performance unveils the 2009 P-51B Mustang

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Roush Performance carries on their reverence of the celebrated World War II fighter plane with the model year 2009 P-51B Mustang, the second aviation-themed vehicle from the Michigan-based carmaker. This vehicle, founded on the 2009 Ford Mustang chassis, will be restricted to just 51 numbered production vehicles in the 2009 series. Like the previous 2008 Roush P-51A Mustang, unveiled at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the 2009 P-51B will likewise have 510 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. (690 Nm) of torque matching it as the most powerful Roush Mustang ever built.

To generate this of raw power from the Ford 4.6-liter, 3-valve engine, Roush engineers swapped many of the internal mechanisms with sturdier parts including forged aluminum pistons with an amplified dish to decrease the compression ratio from 9.8 to 8.6, forged steel H-Beam connecting rods and a forged steel crankshaft and there is an improved high-capacity fuel delivery system put in place. Roush also improved the clutch and included a customized calibration for the ECM to manage the performance of the next-generation TVS2300 ROUSHcharger.

Amid the changes for the 2009 P-51B are a secondary sheave FEAD, the addition of the Roush 6-piston brakes which can be observed via the new black chrome wheels, and a Roush vent pod gauge with a boost gauge. The vehicle will be equipped with the new Cooper RS3 ultra-high performance rubber, which, united with the ROUSH Stage 3 suspension will produce a road-hugging ride and nearly unparalleled cornering capability.

The Ford factory Vapor paint code will be highlighted with Olive Drab green badging to go with the World War II theme, and a rear decklid black-out panel is integrated.

P-51B emblem embellishes the shifter ball, floor mats and is embroidered into the leather seating. Further harmonizing the history of the fighter plane, which often saw different metal panels used to patch the planes back into flying and fighting condition, the six-piece Roush aerobody accessories will have both Vapor and Silver colors employed for a delicate, but extremely distinctive, appearance on the road.

2009 P-51B carries on the yellow and red checkerboard highlights which honor the brave pilots of the 357th Fighters Group, Eighth Air Force ETO (European Theater Operations) who were privately known as "The Yoxford Boys" after a village close to their base.

Its overall victory in air-to-air combat are the highest of any P-51 group in the Eighth Air Force and third among all groups fighting in Europe. The 357th flew 313 combat missions between February 11, 1944 and April 25, 1945 and is formally attributed by the US Air Force with having smashed 595.5 German airplanes in the air and 106.5 on the ground.

Jack Roush has engaged in the most important role in producing both the 2008 Roush P-51A and the new 2009 P-51B Mustang, which coincides with his affection for both the history of the fighter plane as well as his hobby of restoring and flying them.

The 2009 Roush P-51B is currently beginning to reach Roush-authorized Ford dealers and has a SRP from $65,800 (€52,880) inclusive of freight and gas guzzler taxes. A small number of options offered consists of a Roush trunk tool kit, improved Roush resonator exhaust and an Escort Passport 9500ci radar/laser defense system. As is true with all Roush vehicles, the 2009 P-51B has an unequalled 3 year/36,000 mile warranty

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