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The cars were built together with Galpin Auto Sports as part of the U.S. Air Force’s 2009 Supercar Tour recruitment programEnlarge Photo
It's no secret that the U.S. military has had recruitment problems in recent years. As a result, each branch has been forced to hone its marketing skills and speak more persuasively to potential enlistees.
To build the cars, the Air Force hired California’s Galpin Auto Sports to transform a Ford Mustang and a Dodge Challenger into serious supercars. The end result is the new ‘X-1’ Mustang and ‘Vapor’ Challenger.
On the outside, both cars look vaguely similar to other highly-customized cars, with scissor-doors, carbon-fiber trim, and flashy wheels. Inside, however, the Air Force influence becomes startlingly clear. The X-1 is tricked-out like a jet cockpit, with an ejection seat and a jet fighter influenced instrument panel.
The Vapor's interior is done in two-seat style, with a bonus steering wheel for the passenger and a special ‘stealth mode’ for the exhaust system. Other features include one-off carbon-fiber wheels, a shaker hood, radar-absorbing paint, proximity sensors, and a 360-degree camera with a quarter mile range.
The 2009 Super Car Tour will primarily visit high schools and a variety of Air Force sponsored events including the DUB magazine auto show, Hot Import Nights, Battle of the Imports, Formula Drift, International Hot Rod Association and local community events.