If you’re not 100% guaranteed that Vaughn Gittin Jr. isn’t one of the coolest automotive enthusiasts on the planet, let’s bring you up to speed. He’s essentially a self-taught Formula D champion that took a big risk with piloting American muscle when the entire racing field was more or less driving Japanese. Over time he has managed to grow his own performance company – RTR Vehicles – into a household name among both Ford Mustang and F-150 enthusiasts. And just last year, he and Ford Performance debuted a 1,400 horsepower EV that the world knows as the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400. Most recently, however, VGJr gave Ford CEO Jim Farley a closer look at this four-seat testbed of electric vehicle potential.
Of Course Jim Farley Wants To Drive The Mach-E 1400
The Mach-E 1400 is a one-off fully electric beast created by Ford Performance in collaboration with Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s RTR Vehicles to be a pure flex to the rest of the EV collective. It’s got a 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery that powers a grand total of seven electric motors. And yes, the 1400 in the Mach-E 1400 stands for the amount of raw electric horsepower. The driving session with Jim Farley wasn’t Gittin Jr.’s first rodeo with the electric pony. He piloted the Mach-E 1400 during its wild debut video, and he also showed Sean Evans from Hot Ones what the car was capable of.
The Day Was Ford v Ferrari-esque
As you can see from the picture Gittin Jr. posted on his page, both he and Jim Farley are red-faced, smiling ear to ear, and sweating bullets. If you’ve seen the movie Ford v Ferrari, the picture is reminiscent of the scene where Carroll Shelby takes Henry Ford II for a ride along in the Ford GT40 Mk1. The only thing really missing is Jim Farley crying tears of joy in awe of the car’s performance. Maybe that picture just wasn’t included in the bunch.
Farley was blown-away by the experience, as evidenced by his Twitter feed. Post rubber-burning with Gittin Jr, he entertained the idea of drag racing the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 against Tesla’s new Model S Plaid. And when asked for a street version in a comment under his post, Farley responded, “Thanks, working on it.”