USAF pimps out 2009 Challenger
Galpin Auto Sports collaborated with the United States Air Force to create a customized Mopar for its 2009 Super Car Tour – a new U.S. Air Force recruiting initiative that kicked off in May.
The black Dodge Challenger ‘Vapor’ is an Air Force-inspired design that will travel across the country this year as part of a mobile marketing campaign to educate young people on the mechanical and technical career opportunities available within the Air Force.
“For Galpin Auto Sports to be commissioned by the most technologically advanced organization on Earth is truly an honor” said Beau Boeckmann, Chief Designer for Galpin Auto Sports. “This is one of the most extraordinary and important projects that we have ever done.”
The stealth-black USAF 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. 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.
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. The ‘Vapor’ also comes with two custom flight helmets in line with the Air Force theme of the vehicle.
The USAF Challenger Vapor recently debuted in Austin, Texas under Brigadier General A.J. Stewart, commander of Air Force Recruiting Service as well as 60 U.S. Air Force marketers and GSD&M Idea City. Galpin Auto Sport’s Lead Customizer, Mad Mike, was present for the unveiling and felt a personal connection to this project having started his career in the Air Force. “If it was not for the U.S. Air Force, I would not have the knowledge and skills that enables me to stand where I am today.” said Mad Mike.
"We’re looking for hands-on people to serve in critical Air Force jobs and we’re fortunate to be working with exactly those kinds of professionals at Galpin,” said Daniel Elkins, U.S. Air Force Recruiting Services. "The Super Car Tour is illustrative of the kinds of opportunities available in the Air Force where technology knows no limit."
Southern California-based Galpin Auto Sports is widely known for its corporate and one-off vehicle designs, through its involvement with various movies and TV projects, including the upcoming movie car in the thriller The Red Mist. The Air Force looked to Galpin Auto Sports to create a unique hyper-styled vehicle with the most technologically advanced features available. It’s a combination of form, function and futuristic entertainment all fueled together. To see the entire build of theVapor, please visit: http://www.airforce.com/supercar/.
The 2009 Super Car Tour will primarily visit high schools and a variety of USAF-sponsored events and local community events.