The “Need for Speed” Mustang
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.”
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.
All-New F-150 Tremor and Mustang GT500
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 today, Friday, Nov. 15, and the Mustang GT500 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 tomorrow, 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.”
This marks the 12th year Ford has served as title sponsor of Ford Championship Weekend.