Dale Amy
May 13, 2010

The RTR
Once he had the high-zoot RTR-C figured out, Vaughn wanted to capture some of its modern supercar spirit in a much more affordable package, the result being the RTR-a one-stop-shopping package that combines styling, handling, braking, and performance upgrades for an aggressive and responsive Mustang with Gittin attitude.

Up front, you can't help but notice the RTR's deep chin spoiler, complete with splitter and a pair of splitter support rods. Their matte-black theme continues with rocker panel splitters, which blend nicely into the RTR's rear diffuser. Poking through the rear valence is a pair of throaty Ford Racing FR500S mufflers. The other obvious rear treatment is the aluminum lip spoiler that, we think, really sets off the posterior view. You'll find stylized RTR badges on the front fenders and gas cap, and the hood and flank stripes are available in a variety of colors, or can be deleted.

Preferring to avoid a traditional five-spoke look, Vaughn opted for dark multi-spoke rims in 19x9.5 front and rear. Baer cross-drilled/slotted rotors are easily visible through the open-spoke design. And, given his on-track association with the company, it's not surprising to find Falken FK 452 ultra-high-performance tires as standard RTR equipment, 255/20R19 in front and 275/40R19 at the smoky end.

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Vaughn also works hand-in-hand with Ford Racing on his drift competition program, so when it came time to dial in the RTR suspension, FRPP's springs (11/2-inch drop) and (Dynamic Suspensions-tuned) dampers were the natural choice. The RTR also gets FRPP's rear lower control arms. Says Vaughn: "I just wanted to tighten it up a bit."

Inside, the package includes floor mats, a shift knob, and a small dash plaque, all with "RTR" logos. On the power side, there's FRPP's 91-octane processor recalibration, high-flow air filter, and FR500s mufflers, for about a 9hp gain and much more satisfying throttle response.

Our guess is the RTR (and RTR-C) will appeal not just to the "drift demographic," but to traditional Mustang fans as well. In other words, when the smoke clears, we're sure you'll agree that the RTR and RTR-C are worth more than a sideways glance-if you catch our drift.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block Stock
Bore Stock
Stroke Stock
Displacement 281 ci
Crankshaft Stock
Rods Stock
Pistons Stock
Compression Ratio Stock
Camshafts Stock
Heads Stock
Intake FRPP/Whipple
Power Adder FRPP/Whipple Super Pack
Throttle Body FRPP
Mass Air Stock element in FRPP cold-air kit
Injectors 32-lb/hr
Fuel Pump Dual GT500
Headers American Racing, custom
Exhaust FRPP FR500S
Transmission Stock
Clutch Exedy Racing
Rearend 8.8 w/FRPP 4.10 gears, and Torsen T2R diff

Electronics
Engine Management Stock, with FRPP calibration
Ignition Stock
Gauges Stock

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
K-member Stock
Control Arms Stock
Struts Tein coilovers, cockpit adjustable
Springs Tein coilovers
Caster/Camber Stock
Brakes Wilwood six-piston calipers; 14-inch, two-piece rotors
Wheels HRE CF-40, 19x9.5
Tires Falken FK452, 245/35R19
Rear Suspension
Shocks Tein coilovers, cockpit adjustable
Springs Tein coilovers
Control arms ASD Motorsports (Autosport Dynamics)
Brakes Wilwood four-piston calipers; 14-inch, two-piece rotors
Wheels HRE CF-40, 20x11
Tires Falken FK452, 285/30R20