Ford's golden-boy drift racer, Vaughn Gittin Jr. cannot stay out of the Ford and Mustang headlines this year. As if he wasn't accomplished enough by being a professional drift racer in his Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang GT, Vaughn Gittin Jr. has been helping Ford's name get out there with his YouTube video of a skateboarding Mustang and his brand-new 2011 Mustang RTR packages. Why not add-on another headline making project?
Since December 2009, Vaughn Gittin Jr. has been back to the drawing board working on his newest project, the Need for Speed Mustang RTR-X. Vaughn Gittin Jr., Mustang RTR and Need for Speed will be working together to build a custom 1969 Ford Mustang dubbed the Mustang RTR-X, that will debut at the 2010 SEMA show and be featured in the next round of Need for Speed video games. This way, even if you don't own this special edition Mustang, you will still get a chance to "get behind the wheel".
The RTR-X, which started its life from a brand new Dynacorn 1969 Ford Mustang classic body, will consist of a very tasteful mixture of a classic street machine, mixed with modern performance and technology. The Mustang RTR-X is being built to be driven on the street, as well go hard on the track. It will be powered by the brand-new Ford 5.0L V8, which is coupled with Kinsler Individual Throttle Body injection, as well as a MoTeC M800 as the ECU of choice.
The new Ford Racing Boss 302 R1 six-speed transmission will ensure the power gets transferred to the sticky Falken RT615-K tires under Vaughn’s heavy foot, and Wilwood will be supplying the stopping power. A custom Art Morrison front sub-frame coupled with a rear Maier Racing push/pull-rod cantilever suspension system will allow the car to cruise the streets and be more-than-capable on the track at a very low ride height. Twins Turbo and Steen Chassis of Signal Hill, California are handling the fabrication and the majority of other related challenges to ensure the RTR-X is built one-hundred percent up-to-par with Vaughn’s vision.
“It is very flattering that Need for Speed really gets my vision for Mustang RTR and are embracing it just as Ford and Ford Racing have,” says Vaughn Gittin Jr. “Not only am I overly-excited to drive the RTR-X, but I am equally-excited for the entire world to be able to get behind the wheel of the RTR-X virtually in upcoming Need for Speed video games.”
As an added bonus, Speedhunters.com has been keeping tabs on the RTR-X project since its inception. You can visit their blog and read all of the great posts on the fabrication work, the testing and the general excitement that everyone around this project has. You will be able to keep up with the build from the concept phase all the way to its completion. Check out some of these AWESOME pictures from Speedhunters.com!
With the RTR-X, Vaughn has now taken the RTR brand full-circle back to 1969 – turning a ‘69 Mustang into a unique, fully-functional, street/drift machine as a key element of Team Need for Speed. Upon its completion, the goal of this project is that the eyebrows of the automotive culture around the world will be raised by the Team Need for Speed RTR-X. And not only will it look unique, mean and aggressive, but the RTR-X will get wild on a few tracks and star in multiple Speedhunters.com film projects with Vaughn screaming from behind the wheel.
For the full story, in Vaughn's own words, about the Team Need for Speed ’69 Mustang RTR-X project, please visit Speedhunters.com. They have done an awesome job of updating the build progress and supplying the public with great pictures!