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RTR Intensifies! Is the 2024 Mustang the Most Drift-Ready Production Car Ever?

We are just a few days away from the beginning of the 2023 Formula Drift season on the streets of Long Beach, and that means it's time to get excited about some of the new machinery hitting the track in FD this year. 

Vaughn Gittin Jr. 2023 FD Mustang

And among those cars are a growing squad of RTR Spec-5 Ford Mustangs, now based on the new seventh-generation 2024 Mustang. 

Vaughn Gittin Jr. 2024 Drift Mustang

Among the drivers piloting those Mustangs will be none other than RTR founder and drift legend Vaughn Gittin Jr., who will be jumping back behind the wheel for a partial competition schedule this year.

Vaughn Gittin Jr with RTR Mustang Drift Car

With the upcoming launch of the new 2024 Mustang, the RTR competition cars have gotten an update to reflect the styling of the next-gen Mustang, complete with a new wide-body design and turbofan wheels.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. 2023 Mustang Drift Car

New Look, New Toys

Needless to say, we'll be excited to see the new-look 1,300hp RTR Spec-5s smoking their Nitto NT555 G2 tires in FD this year. But we are equally pumped for the 2024 Mustang street car.

2024 Ford Mustang on Race Track

That's because in addition to other improvements from the outgoing S550 cars, the new Mustang will be sporting a "drift brake" right off the showroom floor. And Ford naturally called on Vaughn and his RTR teammate Chelsea DeNofa to help dial it in.

blue 2024 Mustang Drifting

Co-developed with RTR, the idea of the drift brake to replicate the performance and feel of the hydraulic handbrakes used on dedicated-drift cars. 

And though its electronically actuated and adjusted, it uses a traditional and driver-friendly analog lever. 

2024 Mustang Drift Brake

The drift brake will be available on both EcoBoost and GT Mustangs equipped with the Performance Pack, and can be paired with both automatic and manual transmissions. The brake's settings can also be adjusted to suit both beginners and experts (all on a closed track of course).

Chelsea DeNofa in 2024 Mustang Drifting

While the idea of "drift brake" might sound like a gimmick that won't get much real-world use, we love that Ford has gone ahead and done this.

Especially in an era where a car having a hand-operated parking brake at all has become a rarity.

2024 RTR Mustangs Drifting on Nitto NT555 G2 tires

We may indeed be heading towards an electrified future without handbrakes, clutch pedals or screaming V8s, but we are glad to see that Ford is planning to keep the party going as long as it can.

2024 RTR Mustangs Drifting

And given his moniker as the "Professional Fun-Haver" we are certain that legendary Mustang driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. feels the same way.

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