• Nov 4th 2009 at 8:40PM
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Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s RTR-C Mustang - Click above for high-res image gallery

Of all the Mustangs in the Ford booth, Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s carbon fiber RTR-C Mustang was by far our favorite. To answer the question everyone is wondering – no, it's not a wrap. The carbon fiber body panels are the real deal. According to Vaughn, the lightweight material saves 400-500 pounds, although some of that weight is added back thanks to the supercharger, larger brakes and headers. In total, the car weighs in at just over 3,350 pounds.

Aside from the exterior, we were impressed with the level of detail that went into building the car. Inside, the Sparco seats are also constructed of carbon fiber, and the rear seats have been taken out and replaced with a tasteful leather-covered panel. Even small things like the RTR logos look like they were made with an attention to detail.

Want one of your own? Vaughn will be selling a limited run of just 10 RTR-C Mustangs, although the price tag is a hefty $135,000. Still, if you do decide to drop the cash, you're guaranteed to have one of the 10 coolest Mustangs in the world.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Carbon fiber bodies that look EXACTLY the same as stock panels (aside from the front and rear covers which can be found ALL over) FTL.

      Something along the lines of the Mansory Cyrus would have been more appreciated by me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the purpose of carbon fiber parts is to cut weight, not to scream "i am different!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        huh, When was the last time you checked the average weight for a 2+2 coupe 1980's?

        For comparison the ZR1 weight in at 3324 pounds and that thing is mainly made out of plastic.

      • 5 Years Ago
      rotflmao, 130k for a still very heavy sports car with an outdated SOHC motor putting out measly hp numbers even supercharged, and a subpar suspension setup to begin with.

      Why deck out one of the least impressive mustangs to date?
      I guess someone out there will buy it.. but at that cost you could have a real sports car. 100 grand over the cost of a base mustang. wtf.
        • 5 Years Ago
        reminds me of those comments laughing at "steep" price of SHO (now SHO makes for 20pct of the Taurus sales)... or how Raptor won't sell because "c'mon, $40k for Ford?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is a really cool car, and definately a must-have for any mustang/muscle car collector. 1 of 10? carbon mustang? whaaaaat, thats SICK!!!

      btw, if people are looking to spend this cash on bang/buck, they're gonna go zr1 if they want american, but if they want something just to add to the collection, this is something cool and different.

      this seems like something jay leno would own one of. if you're a car guy, this is genuinely cool.

      if your some internet bench racer, yep, this car totally sucks, and you probably have a net worth less than the retail on it because your too busy complaining about everything in life to make any forward motion on your own.

      congrats to JR, this is sick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not worth the money IMAO. I'm with neptronix on this one. I also agree that CF is for weight saving not to show off... with that in mind I would have preferred it be painted. I don't like the entire CF body look. I do however think it is a nice accent.

      side note: Also think CF is probably one of the hardest materials to photograph... You don't get the feel of how sweet it really looks unless it is a computer rendering or in person.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why a supercharger? If you're going through all the expense of putting those carbon panels together, at least put a 5.0 Cammer under the hood and keep the lightweight theme going. A full carbon bodied Mustang that still weighs over 3,300 pounds just makes me laugh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking, except I was leaning towards the aluminum Ford GT 5.4L.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks great, but those are the most pointless graphics ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope this is painted with the $60k/gallon coating that prevents it from turning yellow in the sun and degrading.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The most impressive street-legal 'Stang I've seen. Not sure if it's worth 135k but IMO it's better than that Iacocca edition (another $100k+ Mustang) and the GT500KR. Besides, any Mustang from Vahn oughtta be a hoot to drive so long asyou're not scared of going a little sideways.

      Gotta laugh at the "If I wanted a light sports car I'd get a _____" comments.
      A. You're missing the point. It's a Mustang. It's now lighter and faster, but no one is going to buy this ignoring the pony on the grill. i.e. all 10 will most likely be snagged up by Mustang enthusiests so don't worry about it.
      B. If we're talking about light-weight cars, Lotus Elises are for (w)ussies. Caterham Superlight R500 anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks really sexy with all the amount of carbon fiber.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm SO tired of carbon fiber. Considering the cost, I'm not terribly impressed with the outcome. You'd have to be SERIOUSLY into carbon fiber to think this car is worth anywhere near $135K. Sorry, unless you're looking at it from a carbon fiber is art angle, I just don't get this car's appeal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No Door Dings. Bangin!
      • 5 Years Ago
      vespid82, not at this quality unless you look at the Supercar end. The Carbon work is exceptional and all the exteriorl, including the cant rail, a-pillars etc, door shutline areas is in Carbon.

      Easily the most impressive Mustang at the show.
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