Ford introduces Fighter-Jet Inspired Mustang GT
American auto major Ford Motors and world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. are paying a tribute to all the American fighter pilots who fought during the World War II. Gittin will be piloting the one-of-a-kind Eagle Squadron Mustang GT at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK on 12th of July. The fighter aircraft inspired Eagle Squadron Mustang GT has been co-designed by Ford Performance in association with Gittin's RTR Vehicles. The camouflaged, fighter jet inspired Mustang GT fastback will be introduced at Goodwood and then, will go back to the U.S to be showcased at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Gathering of Eagles in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the event that attracts over 1,000 aviation enthusiasts per year.
After its showcasing at the events the specially design Eagle Squadron Mustang GT will be auctioned to support the EAA Young Eagles charity on 26th of July, 2018. While speaking on the development, Ford Mustang’s design chief, Darrell Behmer said that supporting the young pilots through the EAA Young Eagles charity auction echo Ford's aviation history which can be traced back to the Ford’s early operations and the Arsenal of Democracy at the time of World War II. Behmer added by saying that the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT has built with the Ford design team and Vaughn, and is a great way to pay a tribute to the heroes and to keep the spirit of aviation burning for the next generation of the American pilots.
This current year of 2018 marks the 20th year that Ford Motors has supported the EAA AirVenture event. All the proceeds from the auction of the one of a kind Eagle Squadron Mustang GT will be donated to the Young Eagles youth program in order to encourage and to support the next generation of young pilots of America. Till date, Ford has donated 11 custom designed special vehicle models to help raise funds for charity and the American car manufacturing major has raised more than $3 million from auctioning these 11 specially designed models.
The one off Eagle Squadron Mustang GT boasts of being equipped with a massive 5.0 litre V8 engine that has been empowered with a Ford Performance supercharger and can belt out a humongous max power output of 700 horsepower. The special car has been endowed with Tactical Performance suspension package as well as RTR carbon fiber wide body kit. The special car has been done up in a distinct paint job which honours the Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfires of World War II.
Ford has released a single image of the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT that offers an aerial view of the special vehicle. The Mustang fastback flaunts a very unique and fascinating wrap. Its bonnet features a Royal Air Force roundel, there are bright yellow wing mirrors which are a tribute to the Spitfire’s wing leading edge, while the broad white band towards the rear end is a detail which was also seen Royal Air Force fighter planes. The car obviously flaunts the Eagle Squadron emblem on the roof, which is the highlight.
The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT’s highest bidder will not only own this beauty, but will also receive an all inclusive package for two to attend this year’s Ford Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit in August, where the car’s delivery will be done along with an autograph plate by Gittin and the Ford design team members.
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