Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 19, 2016
Photos By: HPI Racing

Like any proud Ford fanatic, we have a huge collection of diecast Mustangs, R/C Mustangs, Mustang posters, pens, hats, and collectible bits that easily fill a spare bedroom (or two!). From vintage Mustang diecast cars to old dealer displays it’s truly amazing to view some of these collections, as often we find something new that we’ve not seen before. Some people we know even have whole garages or shops full of collectibles and memorabilia. We’re not there yet, but not for lack of trying!

One of the more fun items to add to any collection is a radio controlled Mustang. Sure, you can find some basic R/C Mustangs at the big box stores, but for just a few bucks more you can step up to a true hobby grade R/C car like the HPI Racing S550 Mustang seen here. The really cool aspect of hobby grade cars like these is that, just like your real Mustang, you can upgrade the performance, handling, and styling (and it costs a lot less than doing it to your real Mustang too!). From Mustang bodies, performance wheels and tires, sway bars and shocks, to high-output motors, upgrading one of these is half the fun!

The latest radio controlled Mustang to drop from HPI Racing’s fleet of Mustang offerings is Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s RTR Spec 5 concept Mustang, which debuted at the 2014 SEMA show and has been all over the world doing drifting demos at major events. HPI Racing’s version is true to the real thing with a custom body that features all of the RTR Spec 5 features, including front splitter, bolt-on fender flares, and of course Vaughn’s signature green HRE Tech 7 wheels. Under the “hood” is an all new chassis from HPI Racing called the RS4 Sport 3. The RS4 Sport 3’s design includes full-time shaft-driven 4WD for awesome handling with double wishbone suspension and real oil-filled coilover shocks. Metal geared differential easily handle the stock electric motor or high-output brushless motors and the electronics are waterproof for all-day go-anywhere fun. Check out the details in the following photographs!

At first blush you might think those are some awfully big hood pins, but those are in fact the car’s body posts that secure the body to the chassis. With the right photography you can probably fool a lot of people!
Removing the body gets us to the mechanical goodies. In typical touring car chassis layout for an R/C car HPI Racing has placed the motor and electronics on the right and the battery on the left for a well-balanced handling ride. The new RTR Spec 5 comes with batteries in the box so everything is included to instantly start having fun!