RTR’s Epic Ford Ranger Rambler

RTR’s Epic Ford Ranger Rambler

By Cam Inniss

Vaughn Gittin JR’s famous tuning house creates the RTR Rambler concept. We take an in-depth look.

IF YOU follow the career of professional steerer Vaughn Gittin Jnr you’ll no doubt be aware he’s the brains behind Ready To Rock (RTR), an aftermarket car specialist famous for tuning Mustangs and F-Trucks.

RTR has since tweaked the US-spec Ford Ranger, debuting the RTR Rambler Ranger at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. We were Stateside not too long ago and got a chance to give this stunning example a run on the sand dunes in Nevada.

Built on top of RTR’s production Ranger package – which includes the front grille, signature lighting, badges, fenders, and the wheel (RTR Tech-6) and tyre package – RTR has added a heap of Ford Performance Parts to the Rambler.

Extra kit starts with an ARB front bar with an integrated Warn winch, side steps, Yakima storage, a Yakima tent, an ARB air compressor, Fox Performance 2.0 coil-overs under the front, Fox adjustable shocks at the rear, a Ford Performance exhaust system, limb risers (branch deflectors), and Rigid Industries LEDs on a prototype light bar. And, interestingly, everything is modular.

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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.

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