The point of the shaft in this photo represents the OEM pivot location as defined by Formula Drift compared to the aftermarket point we were using.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. grabbed me this morning in Germany and put together an official statement about the whole illegal suspension/fine issue happening to him this weekend. Here is Vaughn’s official statement on the whole matter below:
“Since 2005 all of my Mustangs have run an off-the-shelf unmodified aftermarket upper third link mount because of their strength. These mounts are advertised as sold with a factory OEM pivot location.
Formula Drift checked our mount in Seattle, our car was found to be less than 0.375″ (the thickness of the CD case) out of compliance, and since then we have all found that there are versions of this product on the market with varying tolerances, unbeknownst to us until now. Although independently-sourced suspension engineers have confirmed zero competitive advantage, we accept that our car was out of compliance.
Because of the passion and respect we have for our sport and our competitors, my newly-formed team and I would never intentionally be out of compliance and put our supporters and us knowingly in this position. At this point, we are putting this behind us and moving on; see you in Texas where we will continue our fight for the Championship.”
- Vaughn Gittin Jr.