Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
December 10, 2015
Photos By: Gravitas

Everyone that is even remotely interested in automobiles has seen the new sixth generation Mustang. The car, dubbed the S550 from its chassis designation, was released to the masses late in 2014 and by now you can see one on the roads just about daily. Its design can be polarizing, but there’s no denying it is another product hit from Ford Motor Company; one that for the first time will be available all over the world and not just domestically. Ford’s “world car” Mustang is available in such locations as Japan, Australia, and Europe.

David Gelb’s documentary, A Faster Horse, takes viewers inside Ford’s Product Development Center, a place cameras rarely go, to document the S550’s design, prototyping, testing, and eventual assembly line production. The 90-minute documentary takes you back to the beginning of the Mustangs 50 years of continual production, weaving commentary from such notable vintage Mustang historians as Gale Halderman, Hal Sperlick, and Bob Fria, with vintage racing and commercial footage. Jack Telnack, the father of the Fox Mustang is also highlighted, plus modern day Mustang luminaries as Art Hyde, John Clor, Hau Thai-Tang, 2015 Mustang Engineering Manager Tom Barnes and 2015 Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak (now Ford Performance Director).

There are numerous memorable and enjoyable moments within the nicely edited documentary. Following Pericak from station to station, tackling engineering problems, and seeing the new Mustang on the public streets for the first time all play a roll here, ending with the official debut at the 50th Anniversary event in Charlotte, NC last year. We get to see Pericak and his team struggle with budget costs, production line issues, weight reduction, and more, while following a strict timeline for the car to debut. Even for those that don’t care for the typical historical or documentary film style we feel will enjoy A Faster Horse, and now you can view it in the comfort of your own home or anywhere you can stream Vimeo content. Simply jump onto Vimeo (it’s free to join). Click HERE and we’ll take you straight to the movie. For just six bucks you and your family can hit the couch with some snacks and learn what it took for Ford to bring us the best Mustang yet and keep the brand alive for future generations.

One of the early montages in the documentary is a series of superbly edited movie Mustangs that seemingly produce one long chase scene. From the early movies of Bullitt, Diamonds are Forever, and more to more current films like Need for Speed and John Wick, it is a couple of minutes of Mustang nirvana we’ve played over several times just to name all of the movies.
Tom Barnes, 2015 Mustang Engineering Manager has his hands full and it shows on screen. From production floor to the Product Development Center conference room all the way out to Arizona for testing, he’s involved in every step. While a lot of camera time is spent on Barnes and Dave Pericak, the infused historical clips, including a good chunk on Lee Iacocca, keeps the entertainment value high.
Problems are bound to arise when building an all new generation of the famed Mustang. One such issue that Gelb’s cameras were there for was a steering column vibration that engineers toiled over to fix before Job 1.
Ford’s Arizona Proving Grounds is a great tool to wring out every potential issue of a new car and is used year-round for product development, testing, and performance evaluation. The 2015 Mustang saw many miles here.
We were there in Charlotte for the 50th Anniversary Mustang show and were probably within 15 feet of where this video was taken (as we were standing next to Gale Halderman at the time). At the time we had little idea what it took to get to this point and have a running 2015 Mustang at the event, but after watching A Faster Horse it is all very clear now and can say it’s easily worth the $6 rental ($12.99 to own).