Ford Mustang celebrates the 100th anniversary of the RAF
July 22, 2018 11:20 AM NPT
Photo Courtesy: Agencies
This unique Eagle Squadron Ford Mustang has been created to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and the role played by our American cousins who volunteered to fight alongside the RAF before the USA officially entered the Second World War.
The Eagle Squadron were a group of US volunteer pilots who flew combat missions over Europe from British airfields near Goodwood.
The one-off Mustang GT will be auctioned off on July 26 with the profits going to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth aviation education programmes.
It was created by Ford’s design team and world drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. Darrell Behmer, Ford Mustang design chief, said: ““The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT build with Vaughn and the Ford design team is a great way to honor our heroes and keep the spirit of aviation alive for the next generation of American pilots.”
Painted in a camouflaged design to match the original Eagle Squadron Spitfire aircraft this special car features Gittin’s RTR Mustang carbon fibre wide-body kit, and includes front chin spoiler, upper grille with integrated lighting, and Gurney lip added to the Performance Pack rear spoiler. Front turning vanes, dive planes, rocker splitters and lower grille diffusers are also fitted.
Under the bonnet, a Ford Performance supercharger kit helps the Ford 5.0l-litre V8 churn out 700 horsepower and 610 lb.ft.of torque at 12 psi of boost on 93octane fuel. The engine is mated to a Tremec 6speed manual transmission with Ford Performance short shifter, with power delivered to the road via an upgraded heavy duty rear axle.
A custom leather interior features Recaro racing seats with embroidered Eagle Squadron logo. A hand-engraved shift knob made from metal melted down from an F35 Lightning carries over the Eagle Squadron logo, and a one-of-one hand-engraved badge made from genuine Spitfire aluminium adorns the dashboard.
“Beyond its menacing looks, this powerful and hungry beast mimics the brute force and maneuverability of an original Royal Air Force fighter jet,” said Gittin.
Other notable Ford models inspired by other aviation legends include the 2011 Blue Angels and 2013 Thunderbirds editions. The Eagle Squadron Mustang will go under the hammer at The Gathering, the annual fund-raising event for the Experimental Aircraft Association.