It’s been quite a long run since the sixth generation Mustang – dubbed the S550 – has made the switch to an independent rear suspension but there still those that show us how beneficial this “small” change was.
We’re talking here about none other than drift aficionado Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his close to unbelievable Mustang RTR – the driver is gearing up for the official start of the 2016 season. So he decided to film his shakedown which involves lots of full sideways action. We get all the package – straight line drift, monster steering angle action and incredible slip angles. If you were looking for a detailed view of the “belly of the beast” this will satisfy your curiosity as the video has filmed in action various bits and pieces such as the engine compartment, the underneath of the car – which all get dirty as they’re put through their paces.
By the way, if you’re still unsure what we’re talking about we may remind you the Mustang RTR is powered by a 436ci Roush Yates aluminum block V8 that has also been treated to a turbo in order to deliver around 900 ponies to Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s right foot. The transmission is a “dog box” – the term for a motorsport gearbox with big teeth. The regular Mustang GT will tip the scales at a worthy 3,700 lbs (1,680 kg), but the drift car here will only weigh in at 2,800 lbs (1,270 kg).