Ford “Need For Speed” Mustang – To Serve As Pace Car for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

By - November 14th, 2013

Transformers: Age of Extinction will not be the only movie to feature the best of exotic rides next year. In an exclusive partnership with Dreamworks Studios, Ford Motor Company will be providing several one-of-the-kind vehicles for the upcoming film Need For Speed. Among them is this special Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500, which will take part in this 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 race as its pace car this weekend. In a police interceptor configuration, Ford designers widen the Mustang’s stance with custom body panels. A new, more aggressive front grille, along larger air intakes on the hood, optimize the 900 horsepower supercharged V8 engine’s performance. Fitted with custom 22-inch alloy wheels, spoiler, and other accessories to improve aerodynamics, Ford put on a collection of strobe lights and a LED light bar as the final touches.

To be driven by actor Ramon Rodriguez from the Need For Speed feature film, the Ford “Need For Speed” Mustang will appear on this Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway. Meanwhile, look for Need For Speed the motion picture, staring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, and Michael Keaton to be in theaters on March 14, 2014.

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“Need for Speed” Mustang Highlights Ford Racing Pace Car Lineup at Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 15-17

– When the cars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series take to the track Nov. 17 for the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, they will be led by a highly customized Mustang that is featured as the hero car in the upcoming Hollywood movie “Need for Speed,” and is also playable in the upcoming Electronic Arts video game “Need for Speed Rivals.” The pace car will be driven by Ramon Rodriguez, one of the movie’s stars

– The “Need for Speed” Mustang was created solely for the movie and features a custom-designed wide body with unique 22-inch alloy wheels, and larger intakes to feed its supercharged V8 engine

– In addition to the “Need for Speed” Mustang, Ford will use the all-new F-150 Tremor to pace the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event Nov. 15, and the Mustang GT500 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 Nov. 16

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 12, 2013 – Race fans planning on attending Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 15-17 already know they’re going to see stock cars racing side-by-side at breathtaking speeds. It’s the speed of another sort, however, that Ford Motor Company hopes has them talking even more.

When the cars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series take to the track Sunday, Nov. 17 for the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale, they will be led by a highly customized Mustang that is featured as the hero car in the upcoming Hollywood movie “Need for Speed,” and is also playable in the Electronic Arts video game “Need for Speed Rivals.” The pace car will be driven by Ramon Rodriguez, one of the stars of the movie.

“When the opportunity to showcase the ‘Need for Speed’ Mustang at our marquee event came up a few months ago, it was a no-brainer to make it the centerpiece of Ford Championship Weekend,” said Tim Duerr, Ford Racing motorsports marketing manager. “We have always tried to incorporate some of our latest products that make up Ford’s versatile car and truck lineup, and we feel the three vehicles we’re using this year continues that trend.”

In addition to the “Need for Speed” Mustang, Ford will use the all-new F-150 Tremor to pace the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Friday, Nov. 15, and the Mustang GT500 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, Nov. 16.

“This lineup of new Ford vehicles is befitting of the three NASCAR championship races we’ll be hosting at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said Matthew Becherer, track president. “Ford is a fantastic partner, and we’re thrilled its cars will be on display for a packed house and millions more to see on television across the world.”

The “Need for Speed” Mustang was created solely for the movie and features a custom-designed wide body with unique 22-inch alloy wheels capable of supporting 900 horsepower, and larger intakes to feed its supercharged V8 engine. Also keeping the engine cool is the enlarged lower grille, with corner air intakes to cool the front brakes.

Designers also worked on reducing aerodynamic drag by using low-profile mirrors and extended rocker panels. The splitter has been redesigned to provide better handling at high speeds. The rear spoiler and diffuser were created to improve airflow, reducing drag and giving additional traction for high-speed acceleration.

The movie, starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, and Michael Keaton will debut in theaters March 14, 2014, while fans of the popular Electronic Arts video game series by the same name will be able to buy the latest “Need for Speed Rivals” version later this month.

“The heritage of Mustang is unlike any other automobile in America,” said Steve Ling, Ford car marketing manager. “With Mustang being a central character in this racing-oriented movie, it seems only fitting to showcase the car here at Homestead and help serve as a great springboard to our various celebrations recognizing 50 years of Mustang in 2014.”

This marks the 12th year Ford has served as title sponsor of Ford Championship Weekend.

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