Need for Speed, the movie, is premiering across movie theaters across the United States in less than two weeks — and it will feature two Mustangs. The first (and most prominent) is a tuned fifth-gen (it gets most of the limelight in the film), while the second is the all-new 2015 Mustang. One of the likely reasons for the prominence of the pony cars in the film is the fact that few cars epitomize an action movie hero car better than Mustang, according to the film’s director, Scott Waugh, who praises the car for its power, rear-wheel drive setup, and agile handling.
“The best movie cars combine tons of power, rear-wheel drive, great handling and the ability to be easily flung around corners,” says Waugh. “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.”
“Cinema is a visual medium that has to appeal to the eyes and ears,” adds Waugh. “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.”
Waugh also directed the new co-branded ad for the film and the all-new 2015 Mustang that debuted a week ago during the Daytona 500. The spot features scenes previewing the film along with the all-new pony.
And, just like the very first production unit of the 2015 Mustang, the awesome NFS Stang will soon be auctioned off, and proceeds will be donated to charity.