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2014-03-19 11:54

MUSTANG IN A MOVE: A modified Ford Mustang such as this is the star of the widely anticipated video game-based movie "Need for Speed". In cinemas Thursday March 20 Image: FORD


Ford’s Mustang celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 with a new model that's headed for South Africa in 2015. DAVE FALL looks back on the history of this iconic pony car.

 • Need for Speed make its motion picture debut   
 • New Ford Mustang makes its silver screen debut 
 • Behind the scenes video looks at why Mustang was the perfect star

PRETORIA, South Africa - "Need for Speed" a video game with more than 120 million units sold is now a major motion picture and will open in theatres on Thursday March 20.

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Trailer: Video of the new Mustang in “Need for Speed.”

The 2015 Ford Mustang will make its first appearance on the silver screen in the upcoming movie. Along with a modified 2013 Mustang dubbed "Beauty" – driven by the lead character played by Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad – will also be in the film.

The South African premier of the movie was at Monte Casino in Sandton, Gauteng, on March 11. To Scott Waugh, few cars epitomise action-movie hero-car better than the Ford Mustang.


He directed Need for Speed and selected a modified Mustang GT as the ideal mount for protagonist Toby Marshall in the film, inspired by the long-running video-game series. Marshall is portrayed by Emmy award-winning actor Aaron Paul as he drives across the country trying to avenge the death of a friend and seek redemption for himself.

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Waugh said: “The best movie cars combine tons of power, rear-wheel drive, great handling and the ability to be easily flung around curves. As we’ve seen hundreds of times over the years – from Bullitt to Gone in 60 Second – the Mustang fits the bill."

Waugh learned to drive when he was 12-years-old. Now veteran stunt driver and co-ordinator he knows how to create visually compelling action scenes. His has worked on numerous vehicle-focused movies such as Speed and The Italian Job.


He added: "Cinema is a visual medium that has to appeal to the eyes and ear. 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. It doesn’t hurt if it looks good, too.”

For the movie Ford designers and engineers developed a custom wide-body kit with unique lighting, and put a supercharged V8 under the bonnet.

Being the ideal mount for the Toby Marshall character goes beyond Mustang’s performance attributes, however. The Pony car has earned icon status through five decades because people like the way it makes them feel as much as they like to get behind the wheel.

Its dynamic proportions and thrilling exhaust sound have given the Mustang an enduring, nearly universal, appeal. It is the most popular vehicle on Facebook with almost six-million fans, and there are hundreds of owners’ clubs worldwide.

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