World champion drifter, off-road racing champion, and Professional Fun-Haver, Vaughn Gittin Jr., is best known for his aggressive, foot-to-the-floor, big-smoke driving style from behind the wheel of arguably the most recognizable cars in the sport: the 2021 Monster Energy Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D used in the Formula Drift Pro series.
In the United States, Gittin won his first Formula Drift title in 2010 and most recently won the 2020 Formula Drift Championship, cementing his place as one of the best drift drivers in the history of the sport. Gittin was awarded the Ace Driver of the Decade title in 2013 to recognize an impressive competition record that saw him take more tandem battle victories than any other driver in 10 years of Formula Drift history. Vaughn finished third in the Formula Drift Championship for the 2016 season, marking an impressive year highlighted by two victories. Vaughn finished fourth in the 2017 championship chase after successfully campaigning a brand-new engine program and two-car team. Along with Gittin’s success in 2020, the RTR Motorsports team also placed 2nd in the FD championship with Chelsea DeNofa whle winning the Auto and Tire Manufacturer’s cup champion.
Gittin is also a three-time World Drift Series champion (2011-2013). In 2005, he became the first American ever to win a D1 Grand Prix event when he stood atop the podium in the 2005 USA vs. Japan competition. Gittin again brought the title home for the USA in the 2007 World Championship.
This Professional Fun-Haver and World Champion Drifter is no one-trick pony. With his accomplishments spanning the globe within all disciplines of motorsport, Gittin is also the undisputed master of having a damn good time behind the wheel of just about anything.
Gittin and the rest of the RTR Vehicles have created some of the most iconic marketing vehicles in modern history with the Mustang Hoonicorn RTR, Mustang RTR-X and the recently introduced Mustang Mach-E 1400, a 1,400 horsepower fully electric vehicle capable of a wide variety of skills and driving options from drifting to road course use.
Vaughn’s off-road bug is in full force, competing in 2020 with “Brocky,” a state-of-the-art off-road monster. Brocky’s classic Ford Bronco body contains an innovative independent front suspension and Ford Performance 427 crate motor with nitrous, capable of 720hp and 650 lb.-ft of torque for awesome performance.
In 2019, Gittin and champion off-road driver Loren Healy launched Fun-Haver Off-Road, a natural progression of Gittin’s racing career. His off-road accomplishments are finishing 5th at the 2021 King of the Hammers and becoming the first crossover driver in Ultra4 Racing to finish the 2019 King of the Hammers off-road race within the top 10; finishing in 7th place in the toughest and most difficult 4400 class. In 2015, he was also the first ever crossover driver to finish the King of the Hammers off-road race, finishing in the top 10 in his first ever appearance as a rookie. 2018 saw Vaughn take the East Coast Championship in the Ultra4 4500 Class. Vaughn also competed in NASCAR Canada Series and finished 14th out of 32 drivers in Québec in 2014; and he also took 5th place during his first Trans AM race at Road America in 2015.
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Gittin launched Mustang RTR in 2010, his vision for a new generation of Mustang that is available at select Ford dealerships worldwide. In 2017, RTR Vehicles introduced the Ford F-150 RTR, the Ranger RTR in 2019 and soon the Bronco RTR and Bronco Sport RTR. Find out more at www.RTRVehicles.com.
In addition to his competition career, Gittin is an approachable media personality who has appeared on many popular television programs including Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness. He hosted the NBC Sports program Octane Academy and appears regularly on Formula Drift TV.