This limited edition Ford Mustang is drift-inspired, but not really meant to be drifted anywhere.
Ford Performance is quite proud of their partnership with RTR Vehicles. Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR president and “chief fun-haver,” very much enjoys the highly customized Mustang that he uses to go everywhere sideways and with his tires on fire. He recently did just that all the way around Germany’s Nurburgring.
However, Gittin’s RTR Mustang is a specialized beast with bunches upon bunches of upgrades that allow him to perform highly complex maneuvers that would land any normal driver in the hospital. So naturally, Ford decided to make a special edition Mustang in honor of that highly specialized car.
Ford calls it the "Series 1 Mustang RTR", but don’t be fooled: this is not a drift car. What you need to drift is a ludicrously powerful engine, exceptionally strong tires, and the balls to deliberately oversteer everywhere you go to the point where you barely just avoid crashing. This car gets some new fenders, some fancy badging, and a dash plaque with a number on it.
The Series 1 Mustang RTR is only available on EcoBoost Mustangs or Mustang GTs with the Performance Package 1 tacked on. That package gives the car Brembo brakes and various suspension upgrades. What you get with the RTR upgrade is the addition of adjustable sway bars. That’s about the only drift-centric upgrade the Mustang gets, and it’s not even specifically for drifting since they can easily be adjusted for regular driving or drag racing.
In addition to the sway bars, the Series 1 gets new staggered tires (19x9.5-inch front and 19x10-inch rear) and some “aggressive styling” courtesy of RTR. This includes RTR custom grille, body and aero kit, shift knob, puddle lamps, and a Gurney flap on the back end. And a ton of RTR badging and graphics, of course.
Only 500 Series 1 Mustang RTRs will be made, which arrive sometime in 2019. Packages are installed directly at the dealer, so you won’t have to worry about doing it all yourself. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but we might hear more about that after this year’s SEMA show.