June 1, 2010 - Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Mustang RTR have teamed up with Need for Speed to build the 1969 Ford Mustang RTR-X that will debut at the 2010 SEMA Show and will also be featured in upcoming Need for Speed video games - allowing the world a chance to sit behind the wheel of the finished project.
The RTR-X, which started its life from a brand new Dynacorn '69 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.
The RTR-X aligns with the recently-introduced Mustang RTR, which is currently heading to select Ford dealers as an affordable appearanceperformance package for the 2011 Ford Mustang. An additional model based off of Vaughn's vision for a new generation of Mustang is the extremely-limited carbon-fiber Mustang RTR-C, which shocked the industry upon its debut at the 2009 SEMA Show. 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.
The entire world will be able to keep up with the build from the current concept phase to its completion on Speedhunters.com. These renderings are a result of five months of hard work between Vaughn and Andy Blackmore, the Need for Speed Vehicle Styling Craft Director from Electronic Arts. The livery of the RTR-X was decided upon by the Speedhunters.com audience based on an overwhelming response and feedback of over 1000 votes.
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.
"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."
Just as the Mustang RTR and the RTR-C did, the RTR-X will take the best of multiple automotive cultures and generations to tastefully mesh them together into a final product that will be sure to turn heads worldwide. For the full introduction in Vaughn's own words about the Team Need for Speed '69 Mustang RTR-X project, please visit Speedhunters.com.
About Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. has become one of drifting's most iconic figures and his machine, the Monster Energy/Falken Tire Ford Racing Mustang, one of the sport's most identifiable cars. Vaughn is known best by his aggressive, foot-to-the-floor, big-smoke driving style. Being such a fierce competitor, Vaughn is known as the only American to win a D1 Grand Prix event, not once - but twice. In 2005, Vaughn stunned the world when he won the D1GP USA vs. Japan. In 2007, he brought America home the gold once more by winning the D1GP World Championship. He has achieved two wins and multiple podiums throughout his Formula Drift career.
For the 2010 season, Vaughn made the switch over to a 2011 Monster Energy/Falken Tire Ford Mustang. He started the season off great with a win at Round 1 in Long Beach and a second place podium finish at Round 2 in Atlanta. He plans continue the rest of the season as heavy competitor for the Formula Drift Championship. Vaughn will also continue to tour the country to spread word about the motorsport phenomenon of drifting and the incredible Ford Mustang to the masses.
About Mustang RTR
Vaughn Gittin Jr. introduced the world to his vision of a new generation of the Ford Mustang - the Mustang RTR - when it debuted at SEMA 2009. He has dreamt of the RTR for years and, thanks to his design team and the crew at Classic Design Concepts, has now made his vision a reality. The Mustang RTR is a dealer-installed appearance/performance kit available with the Ford Mustang GT package at select Ford dealerships. V6 package is soon to follow.
While he fell in love with the Mustang a little late in life at age 24, Vaughn quickly become an active member of the Mustang community and noticed first-hand that most of the aftermarket styling is heritage-based and remains very traditional. Yet, there is no question the Mustang's performance, quality, and looks are evolving from the factory. The Mustang RTR keeps pace with modern design and performance meant to stir the soul of every enthusiast and open up new eyes to the Ford Mustang. Vaughn's goal is for everyone to see themselves behind the wheel of a Mustang RTR, just as he has dreamt. So whether it's scrubbing a set of tires, blasting a straight, carving some turns, or simply just cruising, the Mustang RTR is exactly what you want it to be.
About Team Need for Speed
Team Need for Speed consists of an all-star roster of drivers renowned for their skill on the track and passion for the automotive lifestyle including Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Drift/USA), Matt Powers (Drift/USA), Edward Sandstrom (GT Racing/Europe), Patrick Soderlund (GT Racing/Europe) and Mad Mike Whiddett (Drift/USA, New Zealand, Japan). With over 100 million units sold, Need for Speed is the best-selling racing game franchise in the world and is known for delivering unparalleled white-knuckle racing, creative customization and street style. Last fall EA published Need for Speed SHIFT, the highest rated Need for Speed game in years, featuring an intense first-person crash dynamic and a signature cockpit view that delivers a true driver's experience. Need for Speed World is a massive multiplayer online action racing game that is currently in the beta process and will be available this summer on the PC.