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Ford Gives Vaughn Gittin Jr Free Rein with a Mustang Mach-E 1400 on One of the Most Remote and Beautiful Locations on Earth

When Ford gives a racer like Vaughn Gittin Jr free rein with a Mustang Mach-E, you know he'll take it to the limit. That's exactly what happened when the RTR Vehicles founder, motorsports champion, and Professional Fun-Haver got let loose with an all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 on one of the Earth’s most remote and beautiful locations: the Faroe Islands.

vaughn gittin jr with mustang mach e 1400 on Nitto NT555 G2

Fantasy Islands

The island group lies in the North Atlantic and its chock full of mountainous terrain and only five traffic lights. It also has more sheep than people, which means really light traffic.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. on a cliff in the Faroe Islands

Now factor in the twisties inherent to any sort of mountain driving and the world's only subsea roundabout (620 feet below Atlantic sea level), and you begin to see why the Faroe Islands are an ideal place to let a drift racing god like Vaugh Gittin Jr off the chain with a Mach-E 1400. They're also one of the world’s leading nations in producing sustainable electricity to boot. Over 50% of the nation’s electricity derives from renewable energy sources. The aim is that the nation’s electricity will be sourced solely from renewable energy by 2030. That's in perfect line with Ford's Mach-E Mustangs. As Ford put it: "A truly unique location with sheer cliffs rising from the sea and a ruggedness embedded in its culture, the Faroe Islands are one of the last bastions of remoteness on this planet with breathtaking terrain and incredible roads."

Free Rein

Now, it would be a crying shame for Gittin Jr and his customized Mach-E 1400 to make the long trip by air, sea, and land all the way out the Faroe Islands and not take any pictures.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 RTR on a boat to the Faroe Islands

That's why they shot the film Free Rein: Faroe Islands. It documents the whole adventure and lets you enjoy all the action, wherever you're watching it. Jump to the video and see for yourself. 

ford mustang mach e 1400 RTR

The Mach-E 1400 built by Gittin’s RTR vehicles was a collaborative effort with Ford Performance. It's an extremely diverse game changer that can switch from front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive to all-wheel drive for drift, road racing, gymkhana and everything in between, all while holding four occupants inside. If you want to know more about what RTR and Ford Performance did to this Mach-E 1400 (and we know you do), here's a break down of the specs.

Vaughn Gittin Jr drifting in the Faroe Islands

Capability

  • Designed for Drifting, Gymkhana, Road Racing, Time Attack, Ride-Alongs
  • Target Wheel Horsepower: 1,400
  • Target Wheel Torque: 1,500 lb.-ft.
  • Target Downforce: 2,300 lbs. at 160 mph (CFD-Measured)

headlight detail of Ford Mustang MAch-E RTR

Powertrain

  • All-Electric, All-Wheel Drive, Rear-Wheel Drive or Front-Wheel Drive
  • No Transmission
  • 7 P400R Motors by Yasa, 3 in Front, 4 in Rear
  • 2 10-inch Torsen Differentials by Winters
  • 800 Volt, 56.8 Kilowatt-Hour Battery (75 Minutes to Full Charge from Depleted)
  • Powertrain Development by Drive EO
  • Driver-Controlled Variable Torque Bias

people looking at Ford Mustang Mach-E RTR 1400

Chassis

  • Production Mach-E Chassis with Carbon-Fiber Panels and Roll Cage (Chassis Developed Using Shared Tools with Production Vehicle Development)
  • Carbon Fiber Interior
  • Flax Fiber Composite Hood
  • Ducting for Functional Cooling
  • Bespoke Rear Wing by Ford Performance and Multimatic
  • Bespoke Rear Diffuser by Ford Performance

Brakes

  • Mustang GT4 Brakes by Brembo (6-Piston Front, 4-Piston Rear)
  • ABS, Regenerative Braking and Stability Control Provided by Stock Ford Electric Brake Booster
  • EBB Handbrake System

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 RTR drifting in front of waterfall

Suspension

  • Custom SLA Pushrod Front and Rear
  • Separate Sets of Front Control and Steering Arms Depending on Driving Type
  • Spline Sway-Bar
  • Electric-Hydraulic Steering by ZF Engineering

Wheels/Tires

  • Bespoke 18-inch Wheels by RTR
  • 18 x 13-inch Racing Slicks by Michelin
  • Optional Nitto Tires for Drifting

vaugh gittin jr close up in the cockpit in ford mustang mach e 1400

Let Us Give Thanks

Obviously making both the car and the video odyssey was a team effort. In this case, it involved a lot of help. Ford and RTR Vehicles partnered with the following companies and offer their sincere and heartfelt thanks for their involvement.

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