• Apr 9, 2010
Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s 2011 Monster Energy Ford Mustang – Click above for high-res image gallery

A few days ago, Vaughn Gittin Jr. gave a sneak peak of his new 2011 Mustang and hinted that a new sponsor would be involved for the 2010 Formula Drift season. Judging by the green wheels and that the car's unveiling would be held at Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory in Los Angeles, it was an easy assumption that Monster Energy Drink would be involved. The company is most famous in the motorsports world for sponsoring Ken Block, and both Gittin Jr. and Formula Drift seem like an easy fit. Sure enough, when the wraps were pulled off the new livery featured Monster's green and black theme.

Like the production 2011 Mustang, Vaughn's new ride features several new upgrades. The chassis and suspension have been updated using the knowledge gained from the 2009 season, and the looks have been tweaked to match Gitton's ponycar for the street, the RTR-C Mustang. Falken Tire remains as a sponsor and has provided their brand new RT-615K tires to be sacrificed on track, and a version of Ford Racing's 4.6-liter supercharged V8 is still under the hood. So what will happen to the 2010 Falken Mustang? Justin Pawlak, who finished ninth last year with a Mazda RX-8 last year, is joining the Falken team and will take over Vaughn's old Mustang.

We were fortunate enough to receive an invite to the unveiling, and made sure to have cameras in hand. A dark, crowded warehouse isn't our favorite place to photograph a car, but we did the best we could and have put the resulting images in the high-res gallery below.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It has 5.0 badges on the fender, seems weird that it would still have a 4.6 in it. Confused...
        • 4 Years Ago
        just like they did with the hyundai genesis drift car where they put a nissan VQ ingine in it because they needed to get the it ready in time for its debut in long beach
      • 4 Years Ago
      i was hoping to see a mustang with MWRT livery on it, just to see how it'd look. this comes pretty close. really good looking as far as drift-spec mustangs go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      May I ask, why amber tail lights?

      Not that I hate them or anything - just curious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like the tail lights are for the export market, like the japanese spec Mustangs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amberlamps!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Call the amberlamps that cars hurt lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im sure a prepped 5.0 is on its way...It looks like they went with a rear mounted radiator...might be something for the Autoblog supported BMW 350-R to try out since they are complaining of a lack of rear weight bias.
      • 4 Years Ago
      MUCH better looking than his last one.

      This is the only time I'll ever say this, but I hope that is carbon wrap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it has a 4.6 engine, supercharged or not... how is it not a 2010 Mustang?

      No 5.0 - No go for '11. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't think there's not much difference between the '10 and the '11 other than the engine. So yeah, basically it's a '10.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congratulations to Vaughn Gittin Jr. for 1st place finish at Long Beach today.