By Huw Evans
Several weeks ago we reported on Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s victory in Round 4 of the Formula Drift Series at Wall Speedway in New Jersey. Well, we're glad to report that this past weekend at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, Gittin put in yet another superb performance to clinch victory from Ryan Tuerck in the final round. That now puts him firmly in the lead for the 2012 Formula D championship with 391 points, ahead of Daigo Saito (383.5) and teammates Justin Pawlak (376) and Daijiro Yoshihara (347). There are just two more events to go, After Dark in Las Vegas and the final, Title Fight at Irwindale, California.
Gittin and his new 2013 Mustang RTR are clearly proving a force to be reckoned with on the Formula D circuit, and following on from the car's competition debut, the 2013 RTR is now also available in street-legal form from select dealers.
The latest version, much like Vaughn's drift car, ups the game in terms of capability, with a great deal of time spent developing and refining suspension setups, enabling owners to tailor the car to their specific requirements.
The 2013 RTR comes in two guises, Spec 1 and Spec 2. The former is a dealer installed package on either V6 or V8 cars and gets cosmetic upgrades, standard 19-inch wheels shod in Falken FX453 rubber, Ford Racing lowering springs, axle-back exhaust, shift knob, special floormats and a numbered plaque.
The latter features a 5.0-liter V8 tuned to deliver 436 horsepower, via a Ford Racing tune; K&N filter and axle back exhaust system and a rather unique suspension setup. Features on this include Ford Racing adjustable struts and shocks, Ford Racing springs, RTR rear chassis brace, RTR adjustable front and rear sway bars and an adjustable Panhard rod, plus Whiteline suspension bushings.
The Spec 2 suspension has been designed to optimize handling and traction while maintaining ride quality on the street and can be installed as an upgrade on all 2010 to present Mustangs.
We have spent a lot of time testing the new suspension package," says Vaughn of the new RTR. "We worked alongside very experienced suspension engineers and other pro drivers to deliver our goal; a very well-balanced car that offers RTR owners the ability to adjust the suspension to suit their driving style without sacrificing ride quality. Without question it is one the most impressive handling and fun-to-drive Mustangs out there."
And coming from a guy that's achieved so much in professional performance driving circles in the last decade, that's definitely saying something.
The 2013 Spec 1 package costs $6250 plus the price of the donor Mustang, while the Spec 2 retails for $11,995.
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