Builds>> Maiden Voyage Of The Rtr-x

After almost exactly a year from its conception, I was able to take the RTR-X on a maiden voyage. Willow Springs was the location we chose for the flogging to commence.

There has been a ton of work by an incredible team to get the car to this point and I simply could not wait to get behind the wheel of our creation.

While the following pictures show that the RTR-X is obviously not a "trailer queen", it did roll up in my new hauler.

She does enjoy getting her beauty rest on the lower deck !

Here is a shot photo-magician Larry Chen caught of "Senior", my father, looking right at home behind the wheel.

Prior to me arriving, Larry and Linhbergh took some sweet shots just In case the RTR-X didn't make it through the maiden voyage in one piece! 

We decided to run the car at the balcony first just to break it in and make sure everything was right before getting crazy.

The balcony has a lot of room for error, and not knowing how the car would handle my foot, it just made sense not to risk smashing anything up just yet.

The Twins were on hand to make sure the car was top notch throughout the testing session.

Local cowboy Linhbergh was on hand.

Also gracing us with his presence was Mr. Will "we need the testing video ASAP" Roegge. Larry Chen was also in attendance, but too busy taking pictures to have his own picture taken!

Andy Blackmore flew down from Vancouver to witness the car we worked so hard on together during the design-phase fire up and come to life.

Last but not least, the Twins Turbo shop mascot "Monster" couldn't miss the occasion to check out the RTR-X that he had seen being built for months get crazy on the track!

Once all systems were a go, I hit the track. I did a few runs just going through the gears and a few small figure eights just to make sure everything was solid.

After about 1.5 minutes I took the car to the back-end of the track and accelerated hard, kicked the clutch, and threw it into drift and it worked! I was pumped and smiling ear to ear to say the least! By the way… it sounds amazing under full throttle!

We had a few little gremlins; the electronic powersteering was not really working properly and after a few hard runs the car was getting warm. It all traced back to a voltage issue we were having due to not ordering the proper alternator part number from Bosch. We got the 55 amp instead of the 130, so the Motec PDM was sharing minimum voltage.

There was no way I was going to let that ruin our day, so I manned it with no power steering and just kept an eye on the temps!

We knew on paper the car would be good, but proving it in the real world is always the challenge. I was very impressed with how close we were out of the box with regards to setup and how drivable and balanced the RTR-X was.

After a few test runs and getting some confidence behind the wheel, it was time to give Andy Blackmore the ride I promised him. Here is a great shot of him not having any fun!

Here is how he felt after the ride!

Ok… this videographer on photographer on photographer crime must stop!!!

After 10 or so runs at the balcony and a couple sets of 295/18 Falken RT-615Ks later, I was feining to get on Horse Thief Mile. Koz from the Twins was very hesitant and mentioned, "you know Horse Thief is very unforgiving", to which I responded, "We will be alright bro!"

I will admit I was a bit nervous at first. While the RTR-X is mine, had I went off course and caused some damage, I'm not sure I could handle the line of grown men and women to get a punch or two on me, especially on the first day out. It was, however, a risk I was willing to take!

It would have been a lot easier and less sketchy with powersteering, but as you can see from the pictures, I managed to have a ton of fun. The RTR-X has steering angle for days and it feels so good in drift.

I did do a few grip laps and just cruising laps as well. I cannot express enough how pumped I am with the performance results of the car and seeing the smile on everyones' faces, especially the Twins, when I was done flogging our baby. It was priceless to me.

At the end of the day we snapped this photo of me being me, Grim screaming with excitement that car was in one piece, and Koz obviously the happiest (judging by the amount of air he is getting) that everything went pretty much as planned and we are leaving unscathed!

I seriously want to thank everyone for the support and involvement throughout the build of the RTR-X. I am hopeful you all will continue to be involved as we get into the fun phase of actually doing some driving! We are just getting started and I look forward to sharing our future escapades with everyone!

- Vaughn Gittin Jr. 

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1

f***in awesome

2

OMFG, I wanna ride shotgun...

3

looks amazing

4

Superb...!!!

5

O-M-G....seeing these just put a HUGE smile on my face!! Glad to hear the car is laying down long and mean 11s man! PLEASEEE tell me you're bringing this baby out to Formula D Florida. So I can at least lay my eyes on it!!!

6

we need some elevenses RTR-X style...

9

car needs more black and less green!

10

Seriously, one of the best days of my life seeing the beast (its no baby) run. A real highlight of my career.....so far ;)



I couldn't stop smiling all the way back to the airport.



Thanks for the opportunity to work on this Jr, Rod and the Twins :)



11

Recession? Falken/ford/Monster are treating you nice to have such a fancy Hauler to transport your fully custom car.

12

Bad ass car, JR. I'm looking forward to seeing more runs in the near future, with no gremlins of course.

13

Success! finally! Ive been waiting for these pictures forever.

14

absolutely positively 100% AWESOME.

15

SICK CAR...but where's the desktop pictutre?? 19th would be nice :D

16

great build. i look forward to seeing the rtr-x on tour this summer.

17

it was about damn time you uploaded this post

19

Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick. I'm still amazed that you listened to us measly commenters and changed out those fender blisters. It looks crazy sick.

21

must be nice

22

I cant wait to see it in person. It looks amazing!

23

CONGRATS! its been one hell of a process and amazing updates!

25

Wow that green looks SOOO much better when NOT under artificial lights, So much more subtle too. I don't ever want to see this damn thing in a studio again,

26

Great stuff JR, and good luck with the future events with this thing!

27

Can I borrow it.. just for a weekend.. pleeeease xD

28

I'm a visitor from China,and I have to say that you guys have done a great job...Incredible

29

I like almost everything about this car...its side profile however, i find to be really unattractive. that front lip looks bad and im still unsure about the wheels. It looks great moving though!

30

Rad. I'm feelin this.

31

Good times ..

And the car really is too nice to be doing what it does , but it looks really good going it.



32

BTW, that sure is a handsome Dawg right there

33

Congrats on the build and nice one for risking it - looked great and worth it!

34

some really great images captured, i'dlove to drive this car, not even on a track, just on the open road - your 3rd comment is non-sensicle, the car is obvoiusly a trailer queen? - definately, road going and driven hard - i love it. - plus i undertsand it needs to be transported around in that 'cool-as-hell' semi. this car needs to compete now! - nice blog.

35

it would be grat to see som video roll with rtr x on track, drifting an burning tires

36

insane. congrats on a great plan brought to fruition. freakin awesome!

37

So rad! Need Video ASAP!

38

so siiiiiick!

39

Very cool looking car. Bringing it to Road America at all Vaughn?

40

I hope i get to see this car when Formula D comes to Seattle!!!!!!!!!

41

2nd picture for desktop!!!

42

I'd be alot more impressed if a privateer built this. Honestly ppl come to EXPECT this kind of work when theres big money behind a project. I'm not saying its not an awesome car or anything cause it is, but when big money is behind a build that shit better come out looking and running badass. Not quite my cup of tea but congrats on the final product and daring to be a bit different. (could have done without the green) but different strokes for different folks.

43

i wanna get myself inside tat mustang for a ride

44

bad asssss !!!!!

45

BROO. Excellent news to hear this car is layin it down! Makes me that much more excited to get mine up to spec's and get out there and join the sport. Obviously i dont have the budget you do, but man im hoping that this 302 i have can handled whatever i throw at it. i cant wait to get out there!

46

lookin at the pix n still think they come out from shift2 lol! =P

47

ohmy god what a car

49

Awesome pics!

50

daria mi vida por manejar una vez ese carro

51

çok güzel araba yha

52

That is one sweet eff'n ride. Don't listen to the naysayers... the green is a nice touch and gives it a little whack of personality. Those rims are made of awesome!

53

I LOVE FORD MUSTANG ITS MY FUTURE CAR MY AIM IS TO BYE THAT CAR BUT IF THERE WILL AN EXCELLENT BODY PAINT OF STRIPE DESIGN SHOWN IN NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED IT CAN BE AWESOME

54

Oh My Goodness!!!!!! YUMMO!!!!

55

wowww awesome my prefered car "mustang"

56

NI UN BRILLO , DE PARTIDA , FLORERO ., FOME .... Y GUECO .



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57

Thank you Mr.Gittin Jr.for bloging this to us i think it's awesome that you over came the fact that the car was not in the settings that you have on drift mustang. Anyway thank you so much for telling us about your test day and i hope that you have many others. God bless you and all your friends and the crew. Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will derect your paths." 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat drink or whatever you do,do it for the glory of God." Please respond.

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