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Vaughn Gittin Jr drifts a Ford F-150 around the Nordschleife

By Cameron Kirby, 26 Apr 2018 News

It was too wet for the drift master’s bonkers Mustang, so he slid a Raptor instead

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WORLD-CLASS drifters are on another level when it comes to car control, but pro drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr taken it to the next level by sliding a hulking Ford F-150 Raptor around one of the world’s most feared tracks.

The factory Ford driver and former Formula D champion was slated to slide his 671kW professional drift Mustang around the Nordschliefe – but some typically damp German weather got in the way. Instead of facing a wet Green Hell in his overpowered pony car, Gittin opted for a high-riding Ford F-150 Raptor because “drifting [a pro drift car] in the rain is boring”. Fair ’nuff.

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Powering the Raptor-badged F-150 is a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 engine, and Gittin does an impressive job of sliding the hulking pick-up around the Nurburgring.

Gittin even drops the inside front tyre into the steeply banked section of the bend While sliding around the top of the challenging Karussell corner, all while still holding the Raptor in a full-lock slide.

The pro drifter has earned a reputation for his wild driving style, with his Mustang RTR often picking one – or both – of its front tyres off the ground during official Formula D competition.

In 2016, the three-time World Drifting champion took his slidey pony to the Catalunya F1 circuit, ripping a skid for 975 metres from turn one all the way through the long constant-radius turn four.