Besides being able to catch what is bound to be some exhilarating high-speed stock car racing at the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway November 17, those planning on attending the race will also be able to see a unique vehicle.
The car in question is the “Need for Speed” Mustang, and it will pace the NASCAR Spring Cup Series on Sunday November 17th for the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale. To note, this marks the 12th year Ford has served as the title sponsor of Ford Championship Weekend. The tuned Stang is featured in the upcoming “Need for Speed” Hollywood movie and also drivable in the Need for Speed Rivals video game from Electronic Arts, and driving it as the pace car will be Ramon Rodriguez, one of the stars in the movie.
The Stang was created exclusively for the movie and sports a custom-designed wide body with unique 22-inch alloy wheels capable of supporting 900 horsepower, larger intakes to feed its supercharged V8 engine, an enlarged lower grille to help cool the engine with corner air intakes to cool the front brakes, halo LED lights in place of the Mustang GT’s foglights, and a set of tiny side mirrors that look like they belong on a concept car.
Those low-profile mirrors are meant to reduce aerodynamic drag. They are assisted by extended rocker panels, a redesigned splitter that provides better handling at high speeds, and a rear spoiler and diffuser to improve airflow, thereby reducing drag and providing additional traction for high-speed acceleration.
Some video of the hotted-up pony car:
The Need for Speed movie will star Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, and Michael Keaton. It’s set to make its theatric debut March 14, 2014. Those who would rather drive the car in the “Need for Speed Rivals” video game by Electronic Arts will be able to do so later in November of 2013.
In addition, Ford vehicles will also pace two other NASCAR events this weekend: the new EcoBoost-powered Ford F-150 Tremor will pace the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Friday, November 15, while the Mustang GT500 will pace the Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday, November 16.
All three events will take place at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.