2014 Ford Mustang Tapped as Hero Car in Need for Speed


  • 2014 Ford Mustang Picture

    2014 Ford Mustang Picture

    The 2014 Ford Mustang has won a coveted role in Need for Speed. | June 10, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Ford Mustang will play a starring role in Need for Speed, the upcoming film based on the Electronic Arts video game series.
  • "It's another great milestone in Mustang's movie career," said Alan Hall, a Ford spokesman, in a phone conversation on Monday with Edmunds.
  • Hall said the fully customized Mustang in Need for Speed was created in-house at Ford and features wider fenders, a more aggressive hood and 22-inch wheels and tires.

DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2014 Ford Mustang will play a starring role in Need for Speed, the upcoming film based on the Electronic Arts video game series.

"It's another great milestone in Mustang's movie career," said Alan Hall, a Ford spokesman, in a phone conversation on Monday with Edmunds.

Hall said the fully customized Mustang in Need for Speed was created in-house at Ford and features wider fenders, a more aggressive hood and 22-inch wheels and tires. The Need for Speed Mustang is spun off the 2014 Ford Mustang GT500. Ford unveiled an image of the one-of-a-kind Mustang on Monday.

Several of the special Mustangs have been provided to production to complete the different scenes. Hall said there is no plan at this point for auctioning off the cars after filming is complete. "We'll see what shapes the cars are in at the end of production," Hall said.

Even though the movie's release coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, Hall said the movie will not feature the 2015 Ford Mustang.

"It's all about showcasing today's Mustang," he said.

Ford also is providing the production with a Ford F-450 truck known in the film as "The Beast." Another Mustang will serve as a specially designed camera car.

Ford will serve as the exclusive automotive partner on the movie that is filming under the direction of Scott Waugh. As part of the arrangement, Ford will back the global release of the movie with a wide-ranging marketing campaign. The film will be released on March 14, 2014. The 50th anniversary of the Mustang is a month later on April 17, 2014.

"Need for Speed is rooted in Americana and when we were casting our hero car for the film, Ford Mustang was the obvious choice," said Stacey Snider, Dreamworks Studios' partner and co-chair, in a statement.

Need for Speed is one of the most popular racing video game franchises in the world, with more than 140 million games sold.

Edmunds says: 2014 appears to be shaping up as the Year of the Mustang.

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