Fully Filtered: Dave Martis' K&N Engineering Ford Mustang RTR
I haven’t known Dave for very long, in fact the day I pulled into K&N Engineering to shoot the car and get the details of the build was the first time I met him face to face. We met when I enquired at the CorteX shop about his car as it was being built and was drooling over the details that I could only just see. I asked if I could do something on the car itself, mostly expecting to get pictures from CorteX and some marketing material when I asked about Dave’s car on Facebook. Instead, they introduced me to him.
Dave Martis works at the race shop of K&N Engineering where they build intakes and filters for many of the racecars we enjoy watching in the NHRA, IHRA, Indy Car, NASCAR, or even on the road course. He enjoyed the idea of getting the car on MotoIQ and even agreed to stay late, along with his shop guys, so that I could get these detailed shots of the car. They were very gracious with any requests I made and were more than happy to point out the many details of the car and explain anything I had questions on.
The car itself started life as a body in white. For those of you who are unfamiliar, a body in white is when the manufacturer sends you a chassis without the engine, drivetrain, suspension, windows, etc., basically the most perfect way to build a brand new race car. As they were deciding where they wanted to race the car, they got a call from the RTR brand that Vaughn Gittin, Jr created in conjunction with Ford Motorsports. RTR was already involved in American Iron with Chris Cobetto in the East Coast and really wanted a West Coast car as well. So, it was a no brainer and decided that they would run in AI class as a Mustang RTR.