One-off model celebrates Royal Air Force's centenary, will be auctioned off

The Ford Mustang GT Eagle Squadron has made its debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will be driven up the hill climb by drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr.

The one-off model pays tribute to Eagle Squadron, a group of volunteer pilots who flew combat missions alongside the Royal Air Force prior to the US' official entry into World War II. Fittingly, the squadron operated from airfields not far from Goodwood.

Aside from its aircraft-inspired livery, the Eagle Squadron Mustang features a carbon-fibre wide-body kit from RTR, an illuminated grille frame, front chin spoiler, a Gurney lip for the rear spoiler, and a number of diffusers and splitters.

Under the bonnet, the Eagle Squadron Mustang features a 5.0-litre V8 fitted with a Ford Performance supercharger kit, which helps the motor crank out 522kW of power and 827Nm of torque.

All that fury is sent to the rear wheels via a short-shifting six-speed manual transmission and a heavy-duty rear axle. The car rides on 285/30 Nitto NT555 tyres at the front, 305/30 rubber at the rear, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

There's also lowered suspension, RTR adjustable sway bars, and driver-adjustable MagneRide dampers.

On the inside, the Mustang features Recaro seats with the Eagle Squadron logo embroidered on. The logo also features on a gear shifter knob made from metal salvaged and melted down from a F-35 Lightning, and there's an engraved metal badge on the dashboard made from Spitfire aluminium.

The car will be auctioned off on July 26 with proceeds going to the youth aviation education programs run by the Experimental Aircraft Association, which is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.