Ford debuted a special Mustang GT at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to honor American fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. That car, which features unique cosmetic upgrades and a power boost, sold for $420,000 at a fundraiser put on by the Experimental Aircraft Association last month. World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr., who worked with Ford on the project, handed over the car keys to its lucky owner at the Woodward Dream Cruise this past Saturday.
The Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT pays homage to the heroes of the Eagle Squadron upon the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. The Eagle Squadron consisted of volunteer American pilots who flew combat missions alongside British pilots over Europe before the U.S. joined World War II. As a tribute, the car features the Eagle Squadron emblem on the hood as well as a camouflaged exterior matching the Eagle Squadron Spitfire aircraft.
This model features a carbon fiber wide-body kit from Gittin’s RTR Vehicles, as well as a front chin spoiler, rear diffuser, upper grille with integrated lighting, and a Gurney lip added to the rear spoiler. Rocker splitters, front turning vanes, dive planes, and rear flow conditioners are also attached. The Mustang rides on staggered RTR Aero 7 two-piece forged wheels with Nitto NT555 tires: 285/30-ZR20 up front and 305/30-ZR20 in the rear. Inside the cabin, there are Recaro seats embroidered with the Eagle Squadron logo, as well as a special hand-engraved badge made from Spitfire aluminum on the dashboard.
The Ford Performance supercharger kit helps the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V-8 produce 700 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque on 93-octane fuel, all while keeping the factory warranty. The model also receives the RTR Tactical Performance Suspension package.
Proceeds from the sale benefit youth education programs conducted by the Experimental Aircraft Association. Ford has partnered with the association to raise more than $3.7 million throughout the years. Last year, the two groups worked together to auction off a Ford F-22 Raptor, which sold for $300,000.