At the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. something very special: a one-off Eagle Squadron Mustang GT built as a tribute to American fighter pilots serving in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. The supercharged, custom-built Mustang is camouflage-painted in a military aircraft style, and it is named after the three Eagle Squadrons flown by American voluntary pilots.
The Mustang is built in conjunction with Ford Performance and Gittin's RTR vehicles. Just like the supercharger, which gives the car a 700-horsepower figure, it also has a Tactical Performance suspension package and a carbon fiber widebody kit courtesy of RTR. The attached picture is the only released image of the car so far, but there will probably be more pictures in the coming days.
After the Goodwood event on July 12, the Eagle squadron Mustang GT returns to the United States, as shown in the AirVenture Gathering of Eagles in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, of the Experimental Aircraft Association. It will be auctioned on 26 July, when the money will go to the youth program Young Eagles of the EAA, a charity that Ford has been supporting for two decades.
The car will be delivered to the winning bidder at the Woodward Dream Cruise in August.
"Supporting young pilots through the EAA Young Eagles charity auction reflects Ford's aeronautical history, dating back to the early days of the company and the Arsenal of Democracy during World War II," said Darrell Behmer, Ford's Mustang design chief. "The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT built with Vaughn and the Ford design team is a great way to honor our heroes and keep the spirit of aviation alive for the next generation of American pilots."