5.0 Mustang GT helps in restoration of SAAF Spitfire aircraft
Modified Ford Mustang gives iconic SAAF Spitfire a helping hand
The last remaining Spitfire warplane in South Africa took a step closer to achieving its first flight after more than 20 years, following the purchase of a unique Mustang created by Vaughn Gittin’s authentic RTR Vehicles, Performance Centre, the South African Air Force Museum and friends of the SAAF.
During a handover event at the Swartkops air force base, excited new owners collected the keys to a one of a kind Mustang and in the process made a valuable donation to the overall restoration of Spitfire #5518. The Spitfire warplane was flown by the British air force and Allies during World War 2 and remained in service until the 1950s. The Spitfire’s elliptical wing design gave it a top speed of nearly 600km/h, higher than many other warplanes of the time.
This unique collaboration was formed with the sole purpose of converting ten standard 5.0 litre Mustangs into RTR Spec 5 wide body versions. With every Spitfire Mustang sold, Performance Centre will make a donation of R75 000 which will go towards the repair and restoration of the iconic Spitfire, which crashed during an air show in 2000.
For a good cause
The delivery of the first Mustang has enabled the construction of a new hanger where work on Spitfire #5518 can begin. This includes placing the aircraft on a full-sized jig that was previously too large for the existing hangers at Swartkops airbase.
Devil is in the details
To maintain absolute authenticity and credibility, every cosmetic detail on these hand painted supercharged Mustangs is significant and replicates the insignia from those aircraft flown by famous South African airmen in World War 2. This includes the yellow markings on the wheels, which mimic those found on the propeller’s leading edges. The badge on the Mustang’s nose is named after the manufacturer of the Spitfire’s propeller and the dash plaque inside the car is made from an actual piece of the crashed Spitfire plane.
What makes it special?
Upgrades carried out by Performance Centre, include brakes, alloy wheels and interior. The supercharger kit has been specifically developed for the new 5.0 litre V8 and features dual-fuel, high pressure direct injection and low pressure port fuel injection technology which increases the power output to 530kW while adding a distinctive soundtrack.
Brembo six-piston aluminium fixed front calipers and Brembo four-piston aluminium rear calipers as well as cross-drilled rotors sit behind RTR Aero 7 alloy wheels. Adding the finishing touch are the black leather four-way adjustable Recaro seats.
5.0 Mustang GT plus Ford Performance Spitfire conversion
R2 500 000