Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
June 5, 2014

Stunt Doubled

If you made the mistake of missing Need for Speed (www.theneedforspeedmovie.com) in the theaters, you’ll definitely want to Netflix it, Redbox it, or stream it when it is released for home viewing. It is not only a fun flick, but it features non-stop Mustang action using real modified ’14 Mustangs rather than relying heavily on computer-generated imagery. In fact, seven hero cars were constructed for the filming and promotion of the movie, along with a prototype ’15.

“My philosophy has always been you can’t break physics,” said director Scott Waugh. “If you do, it hurts the story, because then the physics don’t apply to the characters either. Doing practical stunts with cars takes more up-front preparation to set up the shots and ensure safety, but the end result is worth it.”

As a former stuntman, the director had an appreciation for the Mustang’s real sonic and visual impact. This viewpoint drove him to capture what it’s really like to drive at high speed. Most of those reading this have an idea what that’s like, but it’s still fun to experience it with the surround sound cranked like set of one-chamber Flowmasters.

“It’s really complicated to shoot in a car,” Scott said. “You’re so confined. So we made sure all the camera angles would convince the audience the actors were really driving.”

While the actors, including stars Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots, did some of the driving, the movie tapped the skills of one of our friends to capture the ’15 Mustang antics. That’s right, Vaughn Gittin Jr. wheeled the S550 and put it right where the director needed it for the shot. Those scenes alone make this a must-see flick.


S550 ’Charger

If the idea of buying and modding a ’15 Mustang has you as excited as us, then you’ll be happy to know that Ford Racing Performance Parts (www.fordracing parts.com) teased the Mustang world with the idea of its next-generation Mustang supercharger system. Little in the way of official information was available at press time, but FRPP did reveal this photo via social media. At the least, it confirms FRPP is considering a 2.3-liter TVS offering for the S550. That doesn’t mean it will be the only offering, but it looks like there is at least one blower option under consideration.

Should it hit the market, we can assume that this kit will follow the lead of its Super Pack predecessors and be offered with the necessary support hardware and tuning to get the job done. We know that Ford Racing does thorough testing of its offerings, so we’d also expect it to carry some sort of warranty if installed by a Ford dealer. Of course, we’re just making educated guesses based on this shot, but we can’t help but get excited about supercharged S550s!


iTimes

Longtime readers will recall that we took our first look at ProCharger’s innovative i-1 supercharger system back in our June ’13 issue (“Control Variable,” p. 72) with great results. The electronically adjustable supercharger bolstered a stock Coyote by over 192 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Unfortunately our visit took place in the dead of winter, so track testing was out of the question.

The good news is that since that time, ProCharger (www.procharger.com) raised the base boost level of the base i-1 kit from 7 to 7.5 psi. Then they added skinnies and a scattershield to the same car we tested. In that configuration, Mustang drag-racing legend Jimmy LaRocca wheeled the ’11 Mustang GT to a 10.87 at 131 mph—an impressive feat from a modern Mustang with a stock engine.

More impressive yet is we had the chance to revisit the i-1 car when ProCharger main man Ken Jones dropped by our Tampa, Florida, offices. The base kit we drove is delivered with tuning, so it’s ready to run. The company is now offering tuner kits for customers wanting to push the power envelope—and some have, past 900 horsepower.

As impressive as the big tuner numbers are, we enjoyed driving the base kit. It was easy to feel the difference between Touring, Sport, and Competition modes. Each step up had the boost coming in sooner and stronger, which showed how this system could mitigate power for the available traction. Of course, we know most of you would lock it in Competition mode and roll out, but we can see the potential in dialing back the power for other drivers, particularly valets.

There’s certainly a lot to like about this supercharger system, and it’s currently available for Coyotes, Bosses, and Raptors. ProCharger promises a ’15 Mustang kit is in the works too, so keep your eyes peeled to these pages.