Ford and RTR Create WWII Fighter-Inspired Mustang GT

Joanna Estrada
June 18, 2018

For the 2018 EAA AirVenture event, Ford Performance has teamed up with Vaughn Gittin Jr and his brand RTR Vehicles to create the most unique and highest performance aircraft-themed charity auto yet and it is named the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT.

Ford is honouring the American pilots who served with the U.K. Royal Air Force's Eagle squadrons during the Second World War with a special-edition one-off Mustang, the sale of which will benefit young aviators. The vehicle, specially designed and built by Ford design engineers as well as drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR Vehicles group, will be up for bid during EAA's biggest fundraiser, The Gathering, on July 26. The event draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts annually.

"Supporting young pilots through the EAA charity auction reflects Ford's aviation history, tracing back to the company's early days and the Arsenal of Democracy during WWII", says Darrell Behmer, Ford Mustang design chief. A powerful and menacing-looking beast, the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT is inspired by the British Spitfire fighter planes that flew over the fields of Goodwood almost 80 years ago. These pilots were actually volunteers that wanted to fight against the enemy before America entered the War. Most obvious is the car's wide-body, made from carbon fiber. Gittin will pilot the supercharged Mustang GT up the famed Goodwood hill climb. A "Tactical Performance suspension package" has also been installed, and under the hood, a Ford Performance supercharger boosts the GT's Coyote engine to 700 horsepower. Following that appearance, the vehicle will be transported to the US for its unveiling at AirVenture.

Finally, in addition to getting this cool Mustang GT, the victor of the charity auction also gets an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, where the auto will be presented.

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