Ford has announced an exclusive partnership with DreamWorks Studios for the upcoming Need for Speed film, including supplying the film’s hero car.

The partnership includes the “significant integration of Ford products” in the new film – based on the cult Need for Speed video game released in 1994 – including the movie’s one-off Ford Mustang star car, designed and created by the US manufacturer.

The Need for Speed Ford Mustang features a custom wide body, unique 22-inch alloy wheels, and larger air intakes up front to allow more air to reach the pony car’s supercharged V8 engine.

DreamWorks Studios’ Stacey Snider said with a 50-year history in film, the iconic Mustang was the perfect co-star.

“Need for Speed is rooted in Americana, and when we were casting our hero car for the film, Ford Mustang was the obvious choice,” Snider said.

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A Ford F-450 pick-up dubbed ‘The Beast’ makes an appearance in the film as well, while Ford also provided the production team with another Mustang specially designed as a camera car.

The gaming franchise expands to the big screen when Need for Speed, starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton, is released in 2014.

The next Need for Speed video game, Need for Speed Rivals, is also due out in November.

Earlier this week the next-generation Ford Mustang was spied for the first time, undergoing testing in the US in near-production-ready guise.

  • amlohac

    Computer games made into movies = HUGE fails.
    They never get it right. I hope to be proven wrong!

    • Peter

      I didnt mind tomb raider but I’d never played the game and the soundtrack was awesome, so I would overlook a few flaws

    • horsie

      yea most of them are. That’s because a game like Need for Speed has no characters or story line.

  • mark

    A mustang as a hero car? They handle like a pig with the rear end they are fitted with. I really don’t get this one.

    • steve

      Have you ever driven one.

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    • Phil

      You ever tried to catch a pig? Obviously not 😉

      Car and Driver lapped VIR faster in a Boss 302 Laguna Seca than a Porsche Cayman R. That must be one up for the pig!

      • Robert Ryan

        How modified was that Mustang? Ford have major problems with their sedan lineups in the US. The “trucks'” are the only thing that keeps them solvent. Same applies to other US manufacturers.

        • Phil

          less modded than Porsche did with the Cayman to make the R. Bracing, suspension tweaks, bit of aero, Recaros. Engine unchanged. BTW, VW is the only thing keeping Porsche solvent, thanks to the Touareg based Cayenne. Seems like everybody needs “trucks”.

          • Robert Ryan

            No not at all. Porsche and Porsche engineering are extremely profitable for VW, not the other way around.

    • horsie

      so it may have a live axle . so freaking what !
      so did the V8 Supercars up untill this year. So do the worlds fastest drag racers.
      So do many of the quickest cars in the world.

  • MarksmanR

    Ford Australia give me a Mustang and take my money NOW.

    • Buckles

      Your wishes could come true not long after Falcon departs…..

      • Robert Ryan

        I doubt it. Much better performance vehicles around. Ford will be desperately trying to stay afloat after the ending of local production. They are floundering already with their imported lineup.