Just taking in the sculpture and profile of the 2015 Ford Mustang from the outside at once recalls the car’s long history, while providing it with a much-needed new twist. But how does Ford make sure that the same new-yet-familiar sensibility is echoed from the pilot’s seat?
That’s the question explored by this video, part of a series which documents the development process of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. This part of the series grants us with a fly-on-the-wall perspective of some of the hard choices that had to be made in designing the pony car’s interior.
While the story of the Ford Mustang only begins some 50 years ago, the name’s use on a man-made machine stretches back two-and-a-half decades further than that, to the eponymous P-51 Mustang World War II fighter/bomber plane. Ford attempted to conjure up some of that aircraft heritage with the interior design of the 50th anniversary car, building two “wing-like” brows over the dash, one on each side. The wing on the driver’s side shades the Mustang’s large, iconic instrument gauges, again configured in a way reminiscent of an aircraft.
Of course, all this aircraft-inspired interior design in the 2015 Ford Mustang meshes perfectly with the team’s other major design goal: to uphold the new-yet-familar sensibilities established by the car’s exterior. It’s no accident that the original Ford Mustang was so-named; Ford Executive Stylist John Najjar was a fan of the WWII aircraft, and that much can be seen even in the original Mustang I prototype that he co-developed with another.
But enough from us. Let’s hear what Ford has to say: