The Ford Mustang is no stranger to movie sets. Ford’s iconic pony car has appeared in numerous films over the past 50 years (Ford reports more than 3,200 film and television appearances). On March 14, 2014 the company’s latest movie car, the “Need for Speed” Mustang, will light up the big screen in the Dreamworks Studios film “Need for Speed”, based on the popular video game by the same name.
The movie Mustang, which started out as a 2014 Ford Mustang GT, features a custom-designed wide body, Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels, an enlarged lower grille with custom designed air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood, and low-profile mirrors. It also sports a custom silver exterior with Kona Blue racing stripes and angel-eye fog lamps in the grille.
As for power, the custom “Need for Speed” Mustang touts a high-output supercharged V8 engine under its hood. Ford says that nearly every part of the powertrain was optimized for producing additional horsepower.
“Mustang was cast in a leading role of the movie with screen time equal to many of the actors,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Director Scott Waugh challenged our team to give this central character enough personality and American masculinity to take on some of the world’s most exotic cars, just like in the popular Electronic Arts video game that inspired the movie.”
Waugh explained, “The best movie cars combine tons of power, rear-wheel drive, great handling and the ability to be easily flung around corners. As we’ve seen hundreds of times over the years – from ‘Bullitt’ to ‘Gone in Sixty Seconds’ – Mustang fits the bill perfectly, and it’s really a car that represents American culture at its best, which is why we chose it for Toby’s ride in ‘Need for Speed.’”
He added, “Cinema is a visual medium that has to appeal to the eyes and ear. Translating the visceral experience of speed to the big screen involves much more than just driving past the camera quickly. The car really needs to be the epitome of horsepower, and it doesn’t hurt if it looks good too.”
In addition to Ford’s custom “Need for Speed” Mustang, the film will also feature an appearance by the new 2015 Ford Mustang. It will be the car’s first on-screen appearance since its debut back in December 2013. Others stars of the “Need for Speed” film include Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America”), Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”), and Michael Keaton (“Batman”).
When all is said and done, Ford plans to auction off the “Need for Speed” Hero Mustang at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction on April 12, 2014.
“The new owner of this particular Mustang will take home a rare vehicle, and their bid will increase access to critical health care services, “said Waugh.