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.