Formula Drift champ Vaughn Gittin Jr. seemed to fetch stardom and household-name status overnight for Mustang enthusiasts everywhere.
Although we all know hard work was the key to his success, hardcore traditionalists were taken aback by this new wild style. With smoke pouring from his Mustang's hides, the pro drifter showed us Mustangs aren't just for road and drag racing anymore, sliding his rear-wheel-drive Stang to podium finishes across the globe.
After Vaughn showed his serious hooning skills during one of Mothers' commercials, they collaborated on this special build. Meet the Mothers Red RTR Spec 3, a project built specifically for the 2012 SEMA show, designed by Vaughn Gittin Jr. and assembled by the influential Jim Holloway of Mothers Polishes.
Mothers and Autosport Dyanamics of Charlotte, North Carolina, took the RTR Spec 3 Mustang to a whole other level, and they did so in just four months.
"We discovered a few years back that we share the same passion for speed and performance as Vaughn brought to life to our simple wax commercial with his professional drifting skills," says Jim Holloway of Mothers.
"The bonus is we're taking the car to the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, with proceeds going to the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund at TGen. This project takes the excellent foundation that Ford provides in the Mustang to the next level of excitement with Vaughn's standard RTR Ready to Rock package. Then Team Mothers took it again to the highest level with the RTR Spec 3, and it supports a cause that has great meaning to our family, as well as Jacksons."
TGen stands for the Translational Genomics Research Institute and is a non-profit group with a focus on developing earlier diagnostics and smarter treatments for diseases. Being a relatively new field of research, it helps with diagnostics, prognostics, and therapies for cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes, and other complex diseases.
The Spec 3 seemed to magnetize the SEMA crowd in Las Vegas with its aggressive stance that practically begged us to go outside and bang a few gears. During the show, this new RTR Spec 3 sat menacingly under the bright lights of Ford's display, rocking an aggressive carbon fiber fascia matched with large fender flares adding contrast to the candy red BASF R-M Onyx HT two-stage Candy Carizzma paint dubbed Mothers Red.
It's a tradition at Mothers to have cars painted in hues of red, and this build was no exception. The special paint was formulated by Chris Guinn, and sprayed by Deshler's in Orange, California, with the graphics made from Cerakote Ceramic Coating, finished by Kelly & Son, the Crazy Painters out of Bellflower, California.
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The Spec 3 RTR gained some attention during the 2012 SEMA Show awards by winning in the Best Domestic category during the prestigious Gran Turismo Awards. But not only does the Spec 3 look aggressive, you can expect performance potential when one of the guys building it spends most of his time sideways.
This Spec 3 RTR Mustang backed up its bark, as Jim Holloway piloted this Spec 3 at the Optima Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational to completely capture the car's capabilities at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Nevada. "The Mustang performed well at the Optima Challenge finishing in the top 10 overall at the Optima Street Car Qualifier, and during Run to the Coast, we finished third overall," says Jim.
It also features unique RTR parts such as brand-new, four-way-adjustable sway bars paired with Whiteline bushings to make sure this bad boy can perform without sacrificing ride quality. Also it features a carbon fiber rear splitter, a chin spoiler, a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber fender flares, and a new rear spoiler, which are all unique to the RTR brand. The Mothers Spec 3 even sports an RTR dry carbon-fiber roof made from ECC (Epoxy Carbon Composite), as well as a lightweight RTR carbon-fiber driveshaft.
A Torsen differential applies torque to both rear tires, and an Exedy Hyper-Twin racing clutch makes shifting awesomely quick. A JRi coilover suspension system, four-way adjustable sway bars, and rear suspension keep the Spec 3 ready to respond on a dime. Stopping power is provided by RTR brakes and a Ford Racing brake duct system.
The rumble comes from an RTR axle-back exhaust from Magnaflow, featuring an American Racing X-style mid-pipe and long-tube headers that accompany that Ford Racing supercharged 5.0L. The mods are perfectly tied together with a tune from Adam Brown of Revolution Automotive. In fact, it threw down a staggering 650 rwhp.
Helping with that aggressive styling, the Spec 3 RTR sits on HRE 501 three-piece, 19-inch wheels wrapped with Falken FK453 sticky tires. An optional set of HRE's super strong and lightweight C101 wheels are available to hug apexes during high-grip track duty. With the help of an RTR seat delete, a rear crossbrace, and a four-point racing harness by Takata, you're fit to the hit the track at any moment.
The interior has been designed for the heavy-footed, with Stitchcraft handling special upholstery, Sparco seats, and a Reus audio system—a multi-speaker system that rivals many aftermarket audio systems to date.
For this build, special thanks go to to EMI Racing, CoreteX Precision Racing Technology, Stitchcraft Custom Interiors, Deshler's Collision Repairs, Kelly & Son, The Crazy Painters, Spade Brothers, and Guinn Paint.
While the possibilities and options are endless for our favorite pony car, we'd like to thank the likes of Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Jim from Mothers for creating this force. With this new Spec 3 package set to debut in January, we might have a new favorite track-beast to hoon around!