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Vaughn Gittin Jr. drag races his new 2016 Mustang RTR versus his 2014 RTR

By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Mustang RTR

For as long as we have been covering Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Mustang drifting career, he has more often compared his competition cars with drag racers rather than road racers. Of late he has said that his new machine is essentially a 9-second drag car that he slides sideways.

To see how his new IRS-equipped 2016 Mustang stacked up to his old 2014 competition car, Vaughn decided to drag race his old car with fellow drifter Jonathan Nerren behind the wheel. It seems the new car has a bit of a performance advantage, which Vaughn hopes to put to good use in Formula Drift this season.
To see how his new IRS-equipped 2016 Mustang stacked up to his old 2014 competition car, Vaughn decided to drag race his old car with fellow drifter Jonathan Nerren behind the wheel. It seems the new car has a bit of a performance advantage, which Vaughn hopes to put to good use in Formula Drift this season.

Clearly the setups are different, but as Vaughn told us in our feature on the performance of drifting, his drift machines do need to hook up coming out of those slides and put down the 900 horsepower under his right foot.

In advance of the 2016 Formula Drift season, Vaughn wanted to see how his new Mustang RTR competition car and its independent rear suspension compared with his old solid-axle comp car.

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