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SEMA 2010: Vaughn Gittin Jr. pulls the wraps off the RTR-X Mustang

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Team Need for Speed RTR-X Mustang

After a full year of brainstorming, designing and building, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the rest of the Need for Speed team unveiled the RTR-X Mustang at SEMA this morning. The building of the car has been documented over the last few months on SpeedHunters.com, but this is the first time that the car has been seen completed.

While we wouldn’t blame Vaughn if he wanted to keep the RTR-X a trailer queen, he promises that he will be driving it often and hard. “This car is built to be driven. This thing is not just going to sit on a trailer and go from show to show. We are going to be beating this beautiful machine up.”

Vaughn also told us that after the show they will be doing some more work on the engine to try and increase the horsepower, which is currently at 440 horsepower from the 5.0L Boss 302R V8. “We are hoping to push about 500 horsepower to the wheels. We’ll see where that goes.”

You can read more about the RTR-X Mustang below:

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

  • Dynacorn 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback shell


  • 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 SpeedHunters.com

Photos © 2010 MustangsDaily.com

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