Vaughn Gittin Jr. takes his 1969 RTR-X Mustang out to play

Formula Drift champ Vaughn Gittin Jr. unveiled his 1969 RTR-X Mustang at SEMA last year, and since then we've been hoping to see the car in action. We're sure Vaughn's been itching to get behind the wheel, as well, and he finally got the chance yesterday when he took the RTR-X out to Willow Springs Raceway for its very first test session.

A 1969 Mustang isn't the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to drifting, but the RTR-X looked like a natural at getting sideways. Granted, this pony car has very little in common with your everyday 1969 Mustang. Under the hood is a tuned version of the Boss 302's 5.0-liter V8, and the suspension looks more like something out of Formula 1 than from a vintage muscle car. You can read more about all the features of the RTR-X after the jump, or check out our photos from the test day in the high-res gallery below.

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Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

Vehicle Description:

Champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR brand have teamed up with Team Need for Speed to build this one-of-a-kind, fully-functional Street/Drift machine. Balancing 5.0 liters of tire-shredding American horsepower with vintage American and drift-culture inspired design influences, Vaughn has incorporated state-of-the-art technology while retaining a nostalgic feel in his vision for the '69 Mustang's timeless body. The RTR-X is NOT a trailer queen! It was designed and built from the ground up to be driven hard and, while Vaughn will be the only one thrashing it in real life, the entire world will soon be able to enjoy driving the RTR-X virtually in upcoming Need for Speed video game releases.

Base Vehicle


  • Ford Racing Boss 302R crate engine
  • Ford Racing Boss 302R 6-speed transmission
  • Motec M800 engine management
  • Kinsler individual throttle body injection
  • Ford Racing FR500S mufflers
  • Bosch EV14 72lb fuel injectors
  • Bosch 044 fuel pump
  • K&N air and oil filters
  • Griffin radiator and heat exchanger


  • Art Morrison custom front subframe
  • Steen Chassis custom 3-link rear with watts link
  • Steen Chassis custom sheet metal work, tubs and cage
  • JRI ST/OB coilover racing shock absorbers
  • Maier Racing "extreme rear suspension"
  • Wilwood Brakes Superlite 6 Pro Spindle/RTR-X front hub kit
  • Wilwood Brakes Superlite 4 RTR-X floating rear kit

Wheels and Tires:

  • Work Meister wheels 18″ x 10″ front, 18″ x 12″ rear
  • Falken Tire RT-615K 255/40/18 front, 295/40/18 rear


  • BASF paint products
  • Custom metal-formed rear brake ducts and spoiler
  • Abraham Morales custom over fenders and chin spoiler
  • Shaved drips rails
  • Flush-mounted windows
  • Tucked rear bumper
  • Classic Design Concepts headlights and taillights
  • Custom RTR-X carbon fiber grille and surrounding trim
  • Custom RTR-X chin spoiler and fender flares


  • Motec sport dash logger
  • Stitchcraft Interiors custom interior
  • Sparco seats and harnesses

Created By:

  • Built by Twins Turbo and Steen Chassis – Signal Hill, CA
  • Design by Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Andy Blackmore
  • Metal body fabrication by Mark Delong and John De Luz – San Diego, CA
  • Painted by Auto Explosion – Gardena, CA
  • Carbon fiber work by Abraham Morales
  • Build documented by

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