2015 Ford Mustang is the ultimate stunt car, says former Stig aka Ben Collins

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 12, 2015

People tend to listen when Ben Collins, one of the top stunt drivers in Hollywood, talks about what car he prefers to be in when he’s doing all the turns and tricks. Collins is a famous racing driver and the former “Stig” on the BBC’s Top Gear.

In his new film “Ben Collins: Stunt Driver,” the former Stig declared the all-new Ford Mustang as the ultimate stunt car, following a 48-hour series of grueling challenges.

The Ford Mustang fastback powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine and other high-performance road and race cars took part in the high-speed challenges, which featured aerobatic planes, helicopter gunships and military machines.

Collins remarked that the adventure was created to find the perfect car for an epic, high octane, Hollywood-style car chase – and the Ford Mustang proved to be just that.

He noted that the Mustang took part in several classic car chases in the past 50 years, adding that the vehicle remains a top choice for stunt drivers.

Roelant de Waard, vice president for Marketing, Sales & Service at Ford of Europe, disclosed that the Mustang has appeared in over 3,700 movies, including the iconic ‘Bullitt’ sequence in 1968 and the ‘Need for Speed’ film in 2014, which featured the latest iteration of the vehicle.

Specifically, the Mustang used in Collin’s new film featured all-new front and rear suspension systems, including innovative integral link independent rear suspension. This Mustang also featured standard performance brake packages and 19-inch wheels.

It is blessed with a lightweight, well-balanced and responsive chassis that helps deliver up to 0.97 g-force during cornering. Customers who are raring to own this machine can choose between two available engines: the powerful 416PS 5.0-liter V8 engine or the fuel-efficient 317PS 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.

These engines can be mated with any of the two available gearboxes – a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Drivers can select from different driving modes to suit their style or to adjust to driving conditions. Available modes include Normal, Sport+, Track or Snow/Wet. The 5.0-liter V8 Mustang is equipped with Launch Control to help it accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 sec.

It is available in the United Kingdom in either fastback or convertible styles. Nicola Pearcey, executive producer at Lionsgate U.K., said they were thrilled to work with Ford on the special project. Pearcey noted that with Collins’ stunt driving skills and close links with the auto industry, they were able to create “a truly spectacular action experience.”

On the other hand, de Waard remarked that the ultimate stunt car accolade further boosts the Mustang’s reputation both as an automotive and screen icon. Collins has been credited for stunt driving on movies like the “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall,” and “Spectre,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” Aside from racing in events like Le Mans, GT and NASCAR series, Collins was the “Stig” for eight years on BBC’s Top Gear.

Press Release

FORD MUSTANG NAMED ULTIMATE STUNT CAR BY FORMER “STIG” BEN COLLINS IN NEW FILM

  • Ford Mustang is crowned the ultimate stunt car in “Ben Collins: Stunt Driver,” a new Lionsgate U.K. film starring the stunt driver, racing driver and former “Stig” on BBC’s Top Gear
  • Mustang fastback with 416PS 5.0-litre V8 beats high-performance road and competition cars in explosive, high-speed challenges in the new DVD, out this week

BRENTWOOD, Essex, Nov. 9, 2015 – The all-new Ford Mustang has been named the ultimate stunt car by Ben Collins – top Hollywood stunt driver, racing driver and former “Stig” on the BBC’s Top Gear – in his new film “Ben Collins: Stunt Driver”.

In the new Lionsgate U.K. film, the Ford Mustang fastback – powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine – beats an array of high-performance road and competition cars during 48 hours of explosive, high-speed challenges featuring aerobatic planes, helicopter gunships and military machines.

“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.”

Collins’ movie stunt driving credits include the James Bond films “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” as well as “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” Collins was also the anonymous “Stig” for eight years on BBC’s Top Gear, and he has competed in Le Mans, GT and NASCAR race series.

“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 U.K. “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.”

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 19in 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 sec.

“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.”

The all-new Ford Mustang is now on sale in the UK for the first time in more than 50 years in fastback and convertible bodystyles, equipped with Ford’s 416PS 5.0-litre V8 engine or the fuel-efficient 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine delivering 317PS.

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