BY AARON BRZOZOWSKI
Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s Mustang tuning outfit celebrates ten years with a bang.
In the sport of Formula Drift, Vaughn Gittin Jr. is a force to be reckoned with. Since first making the switch to a Ford Mustang for the 2010 season, he's become one of the top dogs in the sport, amassing a huge following and even launching his own tuning outfit: RTR Vehicles. "RTR" stands for "Ready To Rock," and as a concise expression of the company's overall philosophy, it's apt.
This year, RTR Vehicles turns ten, and what better way to celebrate than with a limited batch of very special, high-powered RTR Mustangs?
For this car, RTR Vehicles teamed up with Lebanon Ford Performance in Ohio - the same guys who've taken to selling boosted, high-powered Ford vehicles at headline-grabbing prices, like this 725-horsepower F-150 for under $40,000. This time around, the car they'll be dealing with is a low-slung 750-horsepower road rocket with an almost-overwhelming list of modifications.
The piece de resistance is, of course, the Ford Performance Phase 2 supercharger kit under the bonnet, but beyond that, the 10th Anniversary RTR Mustang Spec 5 is fitted with upgraded drivetrain components to take the extra 290 horsepower, RTR Tactical Performance coil overs and sway bars, and forged RTR Aero 7 wheels wrapped in high-performance Nitto NT555 G2 tire
Those wheels and tires tuck neatly underneath some aggressive RTR widebody fender flares, and a dizzying array of styling tweaks - RTR upper and lower grilles, a rear diffuser, rear spoiler, hood extractor vents, rocker splitters, etc. etc. - ensure that the Spec 5 looks as ready-to-rock as it is.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. himself calls the 10th Anniversary Spec 5 "the most epic representation of what RTR stands for: modern aggressive styling, easily drivable smile-inducing power, adjustable performance to suit customers' needs, and overall just the right enhancements that an owner needs to stand out from the crowd."
Just ten examples will be built, each with a serialized dash plaque wearing Gittin's signature - just in case it wasn't already apparent how important this particular model is to RTR. Much has been written about the likes of the 2020 Shelby GT500, the Shelby Super Snake, and the Jack Roush Edition Mustang, but this 700-plus-horsepower Mustang is arguably every bit as special.