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Vaughn Gittin Jr. drifts the Faroe Islands with the battery-electric powered Mustang Mach-E 1400 Free Rein: Faroe Islands

Free Rein With Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Dec 132021

During the winter of 1914 in frigid and iced over Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford told the New York Times: “Within a year, I hope, we shall begin the manufacture of an electric automobile. The fact is that Mr. Thomas Edison and I have been working for some years on an electric automobile, which would be cheap and practicable.”

Well, 107 years later, full-on industrialists Henry Ford and Thomas Edison did manage to ultimately build that perfect electrified beast and it’s named the Mustang Mach-E 1400 and it recently surfaced and announced its presence in a high pitched screeee on the remote and exotic Faroe Islands. A North Atlantic archipelago situated north-northwest of Scotland, the 18 different islands and 779 other tiny islands, islets and skerries, rest 407 miles of the coast of Northern Europe and are about halfway between Iceland and Norway.

“The Faroe Islands are just the most unbelievable, beautiful landscape that you’ve ever seen,” remarked two-time Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr., who not only had a hand in dreaming and scheming up the Mach-E but was also dispatched to the 604 miles of Faroe Island coastline to unleash the Mach-E beast.

“Every view is just so picturesque that it’s crazy. We saw this place and we were like, ‘Oh my gosh! What if we were able to have free rein here on the Faroe Islands?’ And that’s effectively what we did. We were looking for something to do outside of the U.S. and nobody has ever done anything like this in the Faroe Islands. We set out to create a film where National Geographic meets Vaughn Gittin Junior and one of his wild creations.”


With a 58.8 kWh lithium-ion battery and seven electric motors spooling up 1400 horsepower in conjunction with an aero kit producing a whopping 2,600 pounds of downforce at 160 miles an hour, the local Atlantic Puffins penguins, Grey Seals, Long Finned Pilot whales, and Faroe Sheep, were all introduced to Gittin Jr. and the Mach E via the yelps of tortured rubber and billows of white smoke.

“Driving this car, well, it has been life-changing for me, you know?” cited the ace wheelman Gittin Jr. “You know I’m a petrol head through-and-through, and the first time I drove the Mach-E, it was like this light bulb went off in my head where I thought to myself, ‘This is electric?! This is what it can be?!’ The power is SO raw. I don’t want to say that I was a naysayer about electric cars because I do love technology and I do pride myself on having an open mind, but I had my doubts. I’ve got this car now and that car is a 1,200-horsepower Mustang. It’s got more power than we can ever dream of, and yet I have now found something that I believe has the potential to be better. It’s all-new. The feeling, the perspective, the driver experience, the sounds that you hear are just different and there is still very much a reference to speed and acceleration. The Ford Mach-E and the Faroe Islands in 2021? Well, this is just one of these “pinch me” moments.”


And what would Henry Ford think of all of this?


“I think Henry Ford would think it’s super-cool. He was always ahead of the game in innovation. I think he would be super proud that we are doing this. I know I am!”