US Air Force X-1 Mustang and Vapor Challenger

Special Cars 4 Jun 2009
US Air Force X-1 Mustang and Vapor Challenger

The US Air Force in cooperation with Californian Galpin Auto Sports have built the X-1 Ford Mustang and the Vapor Dodge Challenger, two extreme high-tech concept cars that will be featured in the 2009 Super Car Tour mobile recruiting initiative.

X1 Mustang ConceptGalpin Auto Sports in partnership with the United States Air Force have created two customized vehicles for the 2009 Super Car Tour – a new U.S. Air Force recruiting initiative.

The white Ford Mustang ‘X-1’ and black Dodge Challenger ‘VAPOR’ are Air Force-inspired designs that will travel across the country this year as part of a mobile marketing campaign to inform young people on the career opportunities available within the Air Force.

The Air Force looked to Galpin Auto Sports to create two unique hyper-styled vehicles with the most technologically advanced features available.

The vehicles are a combination of form, function and futuristic entertainment all fueled together.

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.

For more informtion – including several "making-of" videos, visit

X-1 Mustang Concept

X1 Mustang Concept X1 Mustang Concept

X1 Mustang ConceptRepresenting the muscle of the Air Force, the ‘X-1’ Mustang is a heavenly matte-pearlescent painted supercar with a jet cockpit that includes a single-driver ejection seat in center of vehicle, short shifter, flight stick, and advanced instrumentation panel.

The ‘X-1’ also has a concealed motorized steering wheel, custom foot pedals, GPS transponder and the innovative dash is equipped with a touch screen monitor and sensor pack that displays night and thermal vision.

The 4.6 liter engine includes 3-valve Ford Racing heads, cold air intake, hot rod cams, and long tube headers creating 500hp and is maintained by a custom Ford Racing Tuning Program.

The Vertical doors feature interior panel fabrication to complete the ‘jet-like’ feel of the ‘X-1’, which will appear on the East Coast portion of the Air Force recruiting tour.

X1 Mustang Concept X1 Mustang Concept X1 Mustang Concept
X1 Mustang Concept X1 Mustang Concept X1 Mustang Concept

Challenger ‘Vapor’ Concept

The stealth-black Air Force Challenger ‘Vapor’ features a biometric access to open the Vertical doors, a custom Stealth body kit with Jet enhancements and a carbon fiber exterior trim.

Vapor Challenger Concept Vapor Challenger Concept

Other exterior components include one-off carbon fiber wheels, a custom stealth exhaust mode that allows the vehicle to run in complete silence or you can open up the headers to facilitate the aggressive sound of the engine, shaker hood, radar-absorbing paint, proximity sensors, and a 360-degree camera with ¼ mile range.

Vapor Challenger Concept Vapor Challenger Concept

The interior of the ‘Vapor’ is complete with aircraft style controls, a passenger side steering wheel, GPS tracking, night and thermal vision via a film on the front windshield, and the most technologically-advanced computer system with remote control UAV-type access from anywhere in the world utilizing the internet.

Vapor Challenger Concept Vapor Challenger Concept Vapor Challenger Concept

The ‘Vapor’ also comes with two custom flight helmets in line with the Air Force theme of the vehicle.

Vapor Challenger Concept Vapor Challenger Concept Vapor Challenger Concept

About Galpin Auto Sports

Galpin Auto Sports, located in Van Nuys, Southern California, is widely known for its corporate and one-off vehicle designs, through its involvement with various movies and TV projects, including the 2008 “Knight Rider” series’ KITT car, the upcoming movie car in the thriller “The Red Mist” and the acting-home base of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride”.

For more information visit

(Source: US Air Force, Galpin Auto Sports)

Image Gallery

Related Stories

Ferrari Omologata

Ferrari Omologata

Revealed last month, the Omologata is the 10th one-off based on a V12 platform and inspired by the marque’s GT tradition. Commissioned by an European client, the Omologata one-off model is based on the core values of Ferrari GTs: a car that is...
Aston Martin Victor

Aston Martin Victor

The Aston Martin Victor is a one-off developed by the Q by Aston Martin bespoke service and unveiled at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, where it won the Future Classics Class.
Czinger reveals 1250 hp 21C Hypercar

Czinger reveals 1250 hp 21C Hypercar

Los Angeles-based Czinger has unveiled the first details of the 21C, a hybrid hypercar set to be built in 80 units using an innovative production system.


Leave a Comment


Get all the updates with our weekly newsletter!

Find a Car

Scroll To Top
Scroll To Bottom