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Pony Tales: Ford Mustang News - November 2014
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’15 Mustang RTR Coming to a Dealer Near You
Vaughn Gittin Jr. may have made himself a household name (well, in Ford households at the least) with his drifting prowess and championship-winning Mustang drifter, but he’s no slouch when it comes to serialized Mustang production either. His Mustang RTR (Ready to Rock) product line, which debuted with the freshly designed ’10 Mustang, has quickly gained a rabid following. The Mustang RTR is a well thought out package of visual, performance, and handling upgrades that make for a great daily driver, race car, or show car (or all three!) without having to smash your piggy bank into a million pieces.
Early next year the Mustang RTR brand will launch their all-new Spec 1 and Spec 2 serialized Mustangs on the new ’15 Mustang S550 chassis. Featuring the now-legendary 5.0L Coyote V-8 and the all-new 2.3L EcoBoost, the Mustang RTR will enhance the production IRS, braking, performance, and looks with its trademark pieces. Front and rear fascia updates, wheels, graphics, and more are all part of the Mustang RTR branding and we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one and see what Vaughn and his Mustang mad scientists have cooked up.
For 2015 the available Mustang RTR dealers will be increasing, allowing Mustang fans easier access to the Mustang RTR. “For the past couple years we have really focused on building relationships with the best dealers out there,” Vaughn says. “The dealers we have partnered with so far have been very happy with the RTR program we offer and the overall reception Mustang RTRs receive in their dealerships. Excitement is very high around this next generation Ford Mustang.”
The serialized Mustang RTR, Spec 1 and Spec 2, will both be available starting January 2015 at select dealers. Mustang RTR will also be offering all RTR products for sale at that time for individuals with 2015 Mustangs that want to personalize their Mustang one piece at a time. The parts program will be available exclusively through Mustang RTR (www.mustangrtr.com) and American Muscle (www.americanmuscle.com).
Rocket Racing Wheels Adds Wheel Visuali-zer to Website
Rocket Racing Wheels has recently added some great technology to its website with a wheel visualizer tool that enables users to view their entire wheel line on hundreds of different classic and late-model vehicles. Wheel styles aren’t always a perfect match for the looks or even color of a specific car and now you can “testdrive” the complete Rocket Racing lineup on a suitable likeness of your ride. Simply pick make, model, year, and trim level/body style, choose the car’s color and then start swapping wheels to your heart’s content until you find just the right look you’re going for. You can even increase or decrease the wheel diameter, just in case you want to plus size your ride for that Pro Touring look. Check it out yourself today at www.rocketracingwheels.comand simply click on the wheel visualizer button at the upper left.
Thomas Crown Affair Shelby Mustang Coming To Life
On the heels of our 50 Years of Movie Mustangs feature in our Sept. ’14 issue we learn of this special Mustang build happening at Michigan’s Classic Design Concepts (CDC). While CDC may be famous for their Classic Lightbar and dozens of other late-model Mustang parts, they do have a full restoration and custom-build facility and do limited restoration work as time permits. Recently, a customer approached CDC’s head honcho, George Huisman, about building him a replica of the ’68 Shelby Mustang convertible that Pierce Brosnan drove in the 1999 remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen heist film. The convertible is currently in progress and as you can see in the two pictures provided by CDC the fiberglass work is coming together quite well and the unique twin-tube rollbar structure is all welded up and in place too. We’re looking forward to bringing readers a feature on the completed build in the next few months, so stay tuned to these pages for more.
The parts gurus at Shelby American have launched an eBay parts store for its full line of parts, limited production items, collectibles, and even complete vehicles. Check it out at www.stores.ebay.com/shelbyauctions. The NMRA has announced a rules change to its popular Roush Performance Super Stang class. Effective immediately the new ’15 Mustang is eligible for competition in this hot drag racing class. A ’66 Mustang took the overall win at the annual 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The Mustang, the first post–World War II vehicle to ever win in the race’s 30-year history, is owned by Barry and Irene Jason, who drove away $50,000 richer for their efforts.