Ford has paid tribute to US fighter pilots who served in the RAF during World War II with a special edition Mustang.
Due to be unveiled at the opening day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 12th), the one-off Mustang GT takes inspiration from the RAF Eagle Squadrons that flew over the fields of Goodwood nearly 80 years ago.
For those not up on their history, the Squadrons were a diverse group of American volunteer pilots who risked their lives fighting in the skies over northern Europe, including the British coast and France before the US entered the war.
World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. will have the honour of driving the special edition Mustang up the iconic hillclimb before it goes on static display throughout the rest of the Festival.
Ford hasn’t scrimped in the performance department, planting it with a 700bhp five-litre V8 engine with a Ford Performance supercharger, RTR carbon fibre wide-body kit and Tactical Performance suspension package.
The standard 452bhp V8 Mustang can clear a 0-62mph sprint in under five seconds, so we can only imagine how much quicker this special edition is.
The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, founder of Goodwood Festival of Speed, said he was honoured to host the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT’s world debut.
He commented: “The car was inspired by the American volunteer pilots who fought with the RAF in World War II, while Goodwood’s RAF Westhampnett hosted US Airforce squadrons too, so it is completely appropriate to have the car here in this, our Silver Jubilee year, while the RAF celebrates its centenary.”
This isn’t the only special edition Mustang from Ford in recent times. A variant produced to celebrate 50 years of Steve McQueen’s Bullitt is due to hit UK roads this September. Read more about that here.
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