Those who love cars always love movies that have car stunts, car chases and the likes. And they mostly wonder and argue amongst themselves on which car that makes for the perfect stunts car.
Wonder no more as an authority, has crowned one particular car as the Ultimate Stunts Car. This was crowned by Ben Collins who those in the know worked as The Stig in the hugely popular BBC’s former Top Gear for 8 years. Also he is also credited for driving in these movies; James Bond’s “Quantum of Solace”, “Skyfall”, all new “Spectre”, “Dark Knight Rises” and “Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation”. And has also competed in NASCAR, Le Mans and GT races series. So you can see that he is eminently qualified to make such assertion.
In his new movie-“Ben Collins: Stunt Driver”, the Ford Mustang Fastback powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine beat several other high performance road and competition cars in the course of 48 hours of intense high speed challenges.
|Ford Mustang. Image courtesy of Coscharis Motors
.Car Stories reports that “the point of this adventure was to find the perfect car for an epic, high octane, Hollywood-style car chase, and it’s the iconic Ford Mustang that gets top billing,” Collins said. “Mustang has starred in many a classic car chase during the past 50 years, and is still the stunt driver’s weapon of choice to leave the bad guys standing in a cloud of tyre smoke.”
“We are thrilled to have been able to work with Ford on this special project at such an exciting time in the world of motoring entertainment,” said Nicola Pearcey, executive producer, Lionsgate. “Ben’s incredible stunt driving skill and close relationship with the car industry has meant we were able to leave no stone unturned in making this a truly spectacular action experience.”
The all-new Ford Mustang is now on sale across Europe for the first time in more than 50 years in fastback and convertible bodystyles, equipped with Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine or the fuel-efficient 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine delivering 317 PS.
Mustang helped Collins evade baddies in his new film with all-new front and rear suspension systems including innovative integral link independent rear suspension, and standard performance brake packages behind 19‑inch wheels. A lightweight balanced and responsive chassis delivers up to 0.97 g-force when cornering, and customers can choose between six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with wheel-mounted paddle shifters for slick gear changes.
Mustang also gives the driver an edge on a movie set whether chasing or being chased, using selectable Drive Modes to match Normal, Sport+, Track or Snow/Wet settings to driving conditions. Launch Control helps the 5.0-litre V8 Mustang sprint 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds.
“Mustang has made more than 3,700 movie appearances and has kept cinema-goers on the edge of their seats in car chases from the legendary ‘Bullitt’ sequence in 1968, to the first movie to feature the all-new Mustang, ‘Need for Speed’ in 2014,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “Being named the ultimate stunt car in ‘Ben Collins: Stunt Driver’ further cements Mustang’s place as an automotive and screen icon.”
“Ben Collins: Stunt Driver” is produced by Lionsgate U.K. in partnership with Wise Old Fox Productions and is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Nov. 9“.