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Cars Drift pro Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Ford GT supercar is for sale

20:15  30 september  2021
20:15  30 september  2021 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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Auction website Bring a Trailer is currently hosting the sale of a special 2018 Ford GT.

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Along with being a desirable mid-engined supercar, it also happens to be owned by a double Formula D drifting champion.

The chance to buy a second-generation Ford GT is limited at the best of times, let alone one belonging to Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Vaughn to be wild

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For the uninitiated, Vaughn Gittin Jr. is one of the most successful drivers in the drifting world. Having competed in the Formula D series since 2005, the Baltimore-born racer won the overall championship in 2010 and 2020.

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He has also raced in NASCAR, competed in the King of The Hammers off-road event, and became the first driver to drift the entire Nurburgring-Nordschleife.

In 2009, Gittin Jr. launched his own RTR (Ready to Rock) aftermarket parts company, specializing in performance Fords.

This has included a host of modified Mustangs, along with the Ranger and F-150 pickup trucks.

Lead foot meets Lead Foot Gray

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Gittin Jr.’s association with Ford saw him invited to order a second-generation GT. He opted for the special Lead Foot Gray exterior paintwork, adding a considerable $30,000 to the list price.

Xpel paint protection film has been added to keep the bodywork looking sharp, with a matte-finish carbon fiber exterior package specified for an extra $15,000.

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The 647 hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 was left untouched, although a set of black RTR Aero 5 forged wheels were added by Vaughn. Although the car now wears its original 20-inch wheels, the RTR items will be included in the sale.

Ready to Rock!

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Inside, the GT is finished in a Dark Energy color scheme, with carbon fiber Sparco bucket seats in ebony Alcantara. More Alcantara can be found on the center console, door sills, and dashboard.

As might be expected from a professional racing driver, Gittin Jr. specified the GT with anchors for six-point racing harnesses. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is covered in Alcantara, with paddle shifters for the seven-speed Getrag transmission.

With a stable of Mustangs and other cars to drive, it is understandable that the GT has just under 2,000 miles shown on its digital odometer. An oil change was completed at the 450-mile mark, and the car will come with all its original sales literature.

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Gittin down to business

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Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s car becomes the latest Ford GT to be auctioned on Bring a Trailer by a motorsport star. Earlier this year, IndyCar driver Graham Rahal sold his custom-order Deep Purple GT for $1.05 million.

Bidding for Vaughn’s GT quickly reached six figures. Given the prodigious motorsport background of the car’s owner, and the impressive specification, the numbers are expected to climb higher still.

The auction ends on Monday 4 October . For those who miss out, there is at least a Hot Wheels version of Vaughn’s car available.

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