DEARBORN, Mich – Race fans attending Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 15-17 will see a special “Need For Speed” Ford Mustang pacing the field. When the cars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series take the track on Nov. 17 for the season finale, they will be led by a one-of-a-kind Mustang that is a featured star in the upcoming Hollywood movie and Electronic Arts video game entitled “Need for Speed.”
“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 be using the all-new F-150 Tremor to pace the Camping World Truck Series event on Friday and the Mustang GT500 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday.
“Ford is a fantastic partner and we’re thrilled that its cars will be on display for a packed house and millions more to see on television across the world.” said track President Matthew Becherer.
The “Need for Speed” Mustang was created solely for the movie and features a custom-designed wide body created specifically for this new role. It features unique 22-inch alloy wheels capable of supporting 900 horsepower and has larger intakes to feed its supercharged V-8 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 was also 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, Michael Keaton, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots, is scheduled to debut in the Spring of 2014 while fans of the popular Electronic Arts video game series by the same name will be able to buy the latest version later this month.
2013 marks the 12th year Ford has served as title sponsor of Ford Championship Weekend.