Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT Raises $420,000

Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT Raises $420,000

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Proceeds of one-off 700hp Mustang to benefit next generation of pilots.

The awesome one-off Eagle Squadron Mustang GT that Ford developed together with drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. has been auctioned off at a fundraiser in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for an impressive $420,000. Brayton Williams placed the winning bid at the event for the modified 700-hp Mustang GT and the proceeds will go towards supporting the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture and the next generation of pilots. Darrell Behmer, Ford Mustang design chief said that it had been a great honor to work with Vaughn and his team and he also thanked Brayton for his generous support of the EAA.

The Eagle Squadron Mustang made an appearance at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed last month where the drifting superstar took the car up the famed hill climb. New owner Brayton was also invited to the Woodward Dream Cruise where he celebrated by taking the car up the famed Woodward strip.

Designed to honor the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and the heroes of the Eagle Squadron, volunteer US pilots who flew in WWII before the official US entry into the war, this is the 10th one-off Mustang to have been donated by Ford. The carmaker's association with the EAA spans two-decades, helping raise more than $3.7-million in that time.

The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT features Gittin’s Mustang RTR carbon fiber wide-body kit as well as a number of aerodynamic add-ons and that unique paintwork and decal package. The 5.0-liter V8 has been treated to a supercharger kit which helps the engine produce 700 hp and 610 lb ft of torque while the factory warranty remains intact. The RTR performance suspension package includes adjustable MagneRide dampers, lowering springs and adjustable sway bars. Bespoke interior trim and a set of RTR Aero 7 forged wheels fitted with 20-inch tires finish off this desirable package.

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A fusion of cultures

James Deane's Livery for the 2024 Formula Drift Season

Inspired by the vibrant and impactful designs of the European drift scene, James Deane's livery for 2024 is a testament to the blend of RTR's distinctive style with international flair. The livery introduces more neon colors, especially neon orange, creating a vivid contrast that stands out on the track. This year's design aims to capture the essence of European creativity while maintaining the aggressive and dynamic lines synonymous with RTR.

A Nod to the 90's

Ben Hobson's Livery for the 2024 Formula Drift Season

Ben Hobson's livery draws inspiration from an iconic era of racing—the 90s Pennzoil liveries of the Japanese Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTCC). Merging his signature hot pink with the traditional Pennzoil colors, Ben's Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD becomes a moving tribute to a cherished motorsport legacy, reimagined with a modern twist.

Innovations In Design and Function

The 2024 Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD brings not just visual enhancements but also notable exterior enhancements. Both Mustangs now feature the RTR Signature LED Grille Lights, customized to match the drivers' color themes!

The relocation of rear ventilation to the entire rear decklid, significantly improves airflow, heat reduction, and smoke dispersion, essential for the forthcoming drift battles during this season.

Although both RTR Mustangs exterior components are primarily made of carbon fiber, we haven’t really had exposed carbon fiber until now. Ben's Mustang showcases exposed carbon fiber sections, marrying form and function in a sleek, lightweight package.

Honoring Partnerships and Personal Touches

The heart of our racing endeavors is not just in the cars, but in the people and partnerships that drive us forward. James Deane's Mustang proudly bears the AutoZone title partnership, while Ben Hobson's Mustang is adorned with Pennzoil's iconic branding, showcasing a strong collaboration rooted in performance and excellence.

Each livery also carries personal elements unique to the drivers—James' features a neon Irish flag and a Deane Motorsports logo on the rear duckbill spoiler which is a nod to his family's motorsport legacy. Both cars prominently display their respective drivers' numbers and the iconic Ford Mustang Running Pony logo, signifying their racing spirit and heritage.

See them in action at Round 1 of Formula Drift in Long Beach, California

The reveal of the 2024 liveries marks a significant moment for RTR Vehicles, our drivers, and fans alike. Scheduled to make their first public appearance at Round 1 of Formula Drift in Long Beach, California, these liveries symbolize a new chapter in our racing journey, blending the past's echoes with today's innovations.