I remember I tried drifting the entire length of the Nürburgring in Forza once. I rage-quit an eighth of the way through. But apparently, if you’re professional drifter and Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr., you don’t need an Xbox. You can do the real thing in a 900-horsepower, modified Ford Mustang.
Since 2016, the Ford Mustangs running in Formula Drift have had one of the most wonderfully bizarre suspension setups I’ve seen. It’s back again for this season and I am still obsessed.
Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Mustang is an oddity in professional drifting; his RTR team sets his car up like a dirt track car, though he runs in Formula Drift. It’s called weight jacking and it produces what you see here. The car basically wants to lift a front wheel. Then it wants to wheelie.
My foot’s jammed down on the pedal that tells the 460 horses to get going, and I’ve been in this thing trying to manage a basic, drifty donut. While I’m making plenty of tire smoke, I’m failing miserably. Still, this may be the most fun I’ve had failing at anything, because failing in the Mustang RTR is almost more…
For years Chelsea DeNofa has been one of the great underdogs in American drifting. He’d either outdrive other more expensive, more powerful cars with his little BMW 3 Series or blow up trying. Now he’s under the wing of one of the most professional teams in Formula Drift, at the wheel of a new Ford Mustang. Team…
Road Atlanta is one of the most legendary tracks in the country, with fast turns nestled among picturesque trees and hills. Once a year, it hosts one of North America’s most grueling endurance races, Petit Le Mans. It’s the perfect place to unleash a train of pro drifters to coat the countryside in a layer of burnt…
Rather, this is what happens when you put Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Formula Drift Mustang on Barcelona’s F1 circuit. Turns three and four, all 3,200 feet of them, linked and shredded.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the cars in Formula Drift are beyond belief. More than 2.5 million people got the message last weekend.
This is Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s new 2016 Ford Mustang RTR Formula Drift car. It has 900 horsepower, an independent rear end, and it likes to hit the three wheel motion.
I’m sure whatever you’re doing is important. But it’s not as important as watching a Lamborghini Murcielago and a new Ford Mustang tandem drift battle on deserted forest roads of Japan.
I told Vaughn, “nobody else in practice is running as close to the other car as you are. You know this is just practice right?” He laughed, said it’s only fun when you drift as close to the other car as possible. Then he paused, and then he looked back at me with something between a laugh and a sigh. “Yeah, I can be…
How do you get a 2015 Mustang to tear things up on a frozen lake? You're going to need some custom 20" tires with 3200 studs fitted by hand. Yes, this is crazy wonderful.
Ordos, in Inner Mongolia, is the largest ghost city in the world. In other words, a driver's paradise.
Ford got their Formula Drift dude Vaughn Gittin Jr. to step away from a Mustang for five minutes and help design a custom 2015 Ford F-150 and not only is it not terrible, it actually looks kind of perfect.
What do you do when you're a Formula D star just farting around in full gear? You reenact scenes from Talladega Nights like everybody else, that's what. Shake 'n' bake, baby!
Formula D driver Vaughn Gittin's dog seems pretty remarkable. He's amazing at pushing buttons, and, by implication, reading the labels on dashboard buttons. That's a hell of a dog. He also seems to like drifting.