One of the biggest shake ups of the Formula Drift off-season was that Vaughn Gittin Jr. would be leaving Falken Tire (the only pro-team he had ever known prior) to join Forces with Nitto Tire for the 2013 Formula Drift season. The “why” and “what for” are kind of irrelevant at this point but the one thing that everyone clung onto in this news was what his new Falken-less livery would look like. Today we got our answer with a slew of pics from Vaughn and a press release detailing his new 2013 program.
The biggest news in the release is that now Vaughn is officially driving for himself! Yes, Mr. Gittin is running the show with Nitto acting as a major sponsor and tire backer rather than team owner and ASD acting as the official build and support team for Vaughn’s RTR Ford Mustang drift car. As you can see in the picture Monster Energy remains on board for 2013 as well.
To keep his sponsors visible Vaughn Gittin Jr. is taking on a monster (no pun inten-oh what the hell sure lets pun it up!) schedule which, beyond the full 2013 Formula Drift season, includes several events in China, and even drift demos on military bases! With all the traveling, competition, and Vaughn taking on both driver and team owner duties, 2013 is going to be a busy year!
For all the pics of the new livery click the thumbnails below. You can also see the new car in action in the official reveal video and check out Vaughn’s 2013 schedule and the detailed specs of the Monster Energy/Nitto Tire 2014 Ford Mustang RTR
BALTIMORE, Md. (March 26, 2013) – Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. is excited to announce the formation of the RTR Drift Team, their tentative 2013 worldwide schedule, and the reveal of his Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR livery. This year marks the beginning of a new era for Vaughn coming into his tenth season of professional drifting with the formation of the RTR Drift Team. He is focused on his duties as RTR Team owner and driver, and is also taking full advantage of the freedoms that come along with being a team owner – as portrayed by his unique new livery. Check out the official VIDEO revealing the Monster Energy Nitto Tire 2014 Ford Mustang RTR.
“I’m really pumped on this years’ livery and overall aesthetics surrounding our efforts,” says Vaughn. “For the first time in my career, I have been able to start from a clean slate and get a bit crazy with the look of my car that I will be using for battle. Being that the Mustang is my weapon of choice out there on the track, the base of the livery was inspired from old battle ships that were covered with ‘dazzle camo’. From there, we added my XX5 (#25) logo and flag elements, along with some of my favorite colors and a little rock n’ roll to get a livery that I feel really portrays me. I look forward to giving it some real battle scars!”
Vaughn will be piloting a brand new 2014 Ford Mustang RTR built by Autosport Dynamics and will make its first competition debut at Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach, California April 12-13. Having worked side by side with Vaughn since 2007, ASD will supply their valued support yet again for the 2013 season. Combining the superior knowledge and car building skills of the ASD crew, with the proven driving ability and aggressiveness behind the wheel of 2010 Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr., there is no doubt that the RTR Drift Team will be a serious force on the track. Check out the DETAILED SPECS of the Monster Energy Nitto Tire 2014 Ford Mustang RTR.
“I couldn’t be happier to continue working with the team at ASD,” says Vaughn. “We have had great success over the past 5 years together and the word ‘team’ as I know it has been redefined around our new focused effort. ”
While Vaughn’s number one priority is to chase down the Formula Drift Championship, he will also be taking his global efforts to the next level in 2013. Vaughn will once again head to China to compete in the World Drift Series, as well as participate in select competition and demonstration events in Europe. Just as years past, Vaughn will continue to perform at select demo and experiential events in the USA. Thanks to Monster Energy and Ford Motor Company, this year he will be heading to select military bases surrounding the Formula Drift Championship on Sundays after competition, to provide demos and ride-alongs for some of America’s finest men and women. See the 2013 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE.
“It is really crazy for me to look at my schedule for this year and realize all of the awesome that is about to go down all over the world behind the wheel of some badass Ford Mustangs,” adds Vaughn. “While I am pumped on all of the events we have chosen to participate in this year, I am especially excited about the opportunity to go visit some military bases and put smiles on the men and women’s faces that make me living my dream possible!”
Monster Energy/Nitto Tire 2014 Ford Mustang RTR Specs:
MONSTER ENERGY NITTO TIRE 2014 FORD MUSTANG RTR
- Roush Yates Racing Engines/Ford Racing Aluminum V8 (845HP)
- Weight – 2900 LBS
- 4 Speed Dog Box Transmission
- MoTeC M84 Engine Management and Dash Display/Logger (CDL-3)
- Nitto NT05 Tires (295/35/18 Rear, 275/35/18 Front)
- Mustang RTR Wheels (18×10 rear, 18×9.5 front)
- Recaro Racing Seats
- Takata 6 Point Harness
- Carbon Fiber Body with RTR Appearance Package
- Custom Exedy 4 Disc Clutch
- Quick Change Differential
- Driveshaft Shop Custom Aluminum Driveshaft
- 6 Piston Front Calipers and Dual 4 Piston Rear Calipers with ASD Motorsports Rotors Hats and E-Brake Assembly
- Magnaflow 5” Racing Muffler
- Bosch Fuel Injectors, Spark Plugs, Alternator, O2 Sensors, Fuel Pump
2013 Tentative Schedule:
4.13.2013 Formula Drift Rd. 1
Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, CA
4.21.2013 Fabulous Fords
Knoxberry Farm Buena Park, CA
5.3.2013 Appearance at Walter Reed Medical Center and Pentagon
Walter Reed, Pentagon Washington D.C.
5.4.2013 Formula Drift Rd. 2
Road Atlanta Braselton, GA
5.12.2013 Tentative demos and ride-alongs at Fort Gordon with Monster Energy
Fort. Gordon Military Base Atlanta, GA
5.18.2013 World Drift Series Round 1
6.1.2013 Formula Drift Rd. 3
Palm Beach International Raceway Palm Beach, FL
6.8.2013 All Ford Nationals
Carlisle Carlisle, PA
Summit Point Raceway Summit Point, WV
6.22.2013 Formula Drift Rd. 4
Wall Speedway Wall, NJ
7.20.2013 Formula Drift Rd. 5
Evergreen Speedway Monroe, WA
7.21.2013 Tentative demos and ride-alongs at Fort Lewis with Monster Energy
Fort Louis Seattle, WA
9.14.2013 Formula Drift Round 6
Texas Motor Speedway Dallas, TX
9.15.2013 Tentative demos and ride-alongs at Fort Hood with Monster Energy
Fort Hood Military Base Dallas, TX
10.1.2013 World Drift Series Round 2
10.12.2013 Formula Drift Rd. 7
Irwindale Speedway Irwindale, CA
10.19.2013 World Drift Series Round 3
11.4.2013 SEMA Show
Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV
11.23.2013 World Drift Series Round 4
12.31.2013 Tentative European Events TBA!
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