(Windsor, Ontario) – On March 30, the sign on St. Clair's Ford Centre for Excellence in Manufacturing should have been slightly altered, hyphenating the auto company's name to "Ford-Roush".
On that day, students in the college's Mechanical Engineering Technology-Automotive Product Design and other engineering programs had the opportunity to examine a Ford Mustang prototype. It had been high-performance-customized by Livonia, Michigan's Roush Industries.
The vehicle was brought to campus by Craig Wood of Roush's Performance/Advanced Engineering Department. Wood, a native of the Maritimes now living in LaSalle, has been employed by Roush for a decade. He is a friend of Darryl Danelon, the Chair of St. Clair's School of Engineering Technologies, who arranged the visit.
Roush has a close, long-standing relationship with Ford as a customizer of its vehicles. It does everything from jazzing up their aesthetic appearance to upgrading their engines, drive-trains and exhaust-systems.
The prototype parked outside the FCEM was a 2015, four-cylinder, turbo-charged Mustang, capable of pushing out 450-horsepower.
In addition to giving a bumper-to-bumper and under-the-hood tour of the car, Wood spent a couple of hours in the classroom with the students. He described the design and manufacturing processes, his personal educational and professional background, and opportunities in the automotive engineering field.
Roush is a multi-faceted design, engineering, prototyping, testing and manufacturing company, with experience (also) in the alternative fuels, aerospace and the defense industries. Its NASCAR team has won over 315 races since its founding in 1988, and it – and Wood – also design and manufacture amusement park rides for companies such as Disney.