• Jun 3, 2009

Mustang X-1 and Challenger Vapor – Click either for high-res image gallery

We're all about the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, but they need some help in the form of new recruits, and that's where good old fashioned recruiting comes in. But it's not like the old days where a couple of uniformed officers attend a job fair in your high school gymnasium. These days, the U.S. Air Force is using a pair of radically customized pony cars to get your attention. Mission accomplished.

Built in conjunction with Galpin Auto Sports (who else?), the Mustang X-1 and Challenger Vapor land like a bomb when they hit your retinas. The X1 features a full jet cockpit with a single ejector seat placed centrally. The body has been widened at all four corners – the rear by six inches on both sides – to accommodate the largest tires you can buy today. There's a custom onboard A/C unit behind the single seat that's fed by twin NACA ducts where the rear side windows would go, and shifting the 500-hp, nitro-fed V8 comes courtesy of, what else, an actual flight stick.

The Challenger Vapor, meanwhile, is so stealth it could sneak up on KITT and make him pee his oil pan. It features an infrared thermal imaging camera combined with a true heads-up display that spans the entire windshield, solid carbon fiber disc wheels, the ability to operate with two mufflers for extra stealth and a command center cockpit with three large LCD screens.

You're going to want to explore every inch of these two cars, so check out the galleries below and follow the jump for videos of the build and finished products.




[Source: U.S. Air Force]

Mustang X-1


Challenger Vapor


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      • 5 Years Ago
      now we wait government motors camaro, delta force edition :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      The driving ergonomics of the Mustang are really weird. I guess you could only have an automatic - how would you shift and use the clutch with that set up?
        • 5 Years Ago
        stick car super crazy to drive
      • 5 Years Ago
      Leave the political bull crap for Fox and MSNBC and discuss the cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just when I thought the Air Force couldn't waste any more tax-payers' money, they go and do something that is so unbelievably over the top like this and set a new standard of wasteful, pork-barrel spending.

      Are they gunn drive these on the bridge to nowhere?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quick Robin! To the Bat Challenger!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior on the white stang is nice...but I dont' like the outside of either...the black one has a camera that we have in our pharmacy classes on its roof? the exterior of the white seems normal but that body kit does not match up nice or something..it just looks really off.

      I don't like em...but I still like the Air Force and the F-22 :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not another mustang variant...


      /sarcasm
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who is this Federal Pony Car Czar, and how much does he owe in taxes?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great.... Pimp up my ride....

        Had it been my tax dollars I'd be on the phone to my legislator asking questions and forcing him/her to do the same in Washington.

        If you ask me, I find it incredible that there are National Guard and Army sponsored cars in Nascar and Indy. The effect of Nascar on car sales is more than questionable and idea that it drags more volunteers to the Army must be questioned too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Marketing should be hitting on that when approaching these high schools!"

        You're absolutely right but there are a couple problems with that angle right now:

        1. People are getting their heads blown off in Iraq and Afghanistan, and guess where you're going if you enlist?

        2. People started complaining about getting their heads blown off when all they wanted to do was earn some college money and people responded with "You knew what you were signing up for so shut it."

        But in a time of peace, yea, that's a great marketing tool.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm actually kind of surprised that there are not more kids signing up for the armed forces. Why, when there is so much activity going on?

        Because, 4 yrs in the military = 0 school college loans.
        All the pissin and moanin going on around how the cost of college is going up, and no one can afford school loans to pay for kids to not work through college and they just gotta have an apartment (who wants to live in the dorm), armed services will pay for that college a lot quicker than 10 yr loans.


        Marketing should be hitting on that when approaching these high schools!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The U.S. armed forces, as well as waging war in general, are big business in this country and need marketing efforts similar in size and scale to anything from IBM or Ford. With some only signing up for 2 year enlistments, trying to fight 2 simultaneous wars and maintaining military bases in over 100 countries is going to take a lot of bodies and a big budget marketing /recruiting campaign. It's just a cost of doing business/war.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Polly

        Clearly you haven't been deployed, the number of soldier's who actually experience some form of combat is no where near what the public thinks. There are huge options on support fields one could enlist in and never fire a single round except at the range.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AHHH MY EYES!!! ZEE GOGGLES ZEY DO NOTHINGZ!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha!! Those fake carbon fiber toggle switches are $3 at Autozone! I should know, I have them in my Mustang, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty cool, and the USAF logo is cooler then the logos of many automakers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't they just use some Playboy models in tight army outfits.
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