Muscle Cars, Bad Boys & Need For Speed

Need for Speed NAIAS

Need for Speed Ford NAIAS

I’m both a movie and a car fanatic, but I had no interest in seeing DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed“. None. And then….I went to Detroit, behind the Blue Oval, where Ford shared 20 minutes of the film with us. Well played, Ford, well played. Now, I’m counting down the weeks until “Need for Speed” roars into theaters on March 14, 2014.

My lack of interest was based on a general assumption that a film based on a video game, would be lame! I wasn’t the only one that felt this way prior to our exclusive preview. A fellow blogger, Will, Owner of The Will to Hunt expressed the same thought, but both of us were hooked when the preview ended.

Maybe it was the action packed footage they showed us, or the larger than life roar of the engines that changed my mind; or it could be the few minutes of sitting inside one of the modified Ford Mustangs actually used in the film. But I think the reason I’m so pumped to see “Need for Speed”, there’s no CG used in the movie. NONE. All the driving, stunts, wrecks etc., happened. Even better, they used experienced Formula Drift drivers like Rhys Millen, Tony Brakohiapa, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. to create a realistic look and feel.

Vaughn Gittin Jr
Vaughn Gittin Jr Photo by HuntingLife

No green screens, or computer generation means they only have one shot to get things right. So both Dominic Cooper (“Captain America,” “Mamma Mia!”) and Aaron Paul got schooled from the experts in drive school. Take a look:


For my lady friends that may choose to see “Need for Speed” because they want to drool over Aaron Paul or Dominic Cooper, be warned, you may find yourself drooling over the muscle cars, more than the muscles.
Need for Speed NAIAS

“On-screen or on the road, the visceral sight and sound of Mustang has been inspiring fans for nearly five decades.  The feeling of optimism and being in control that Mustang’s world-class power and performance provide is a perfect match for Aaron Paul’s character in ‘Need for Speed.'” Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president

Ford’s pony car has already made more than 3,200 appearances in movies and television shows since its debut in April 1964. “Need for Speed” will be the big screen debut for the 2015 Ford Mustang, with Vaughn Gittin Jr. behind the wheel.

Need ForSpeed Mustang

Oh and by the way, there’s also a Ford F-450 fitted with a Magna Flow exhaust system, nicknamed “Beast” that also makes an appearance in the film!

“Need for Speed” will roar into theaters everywhere on March 14, 2014. “Like” Need for Speed on Facebook, and follow @NeedforSpeed on Twitter to stay on track with movie news and updates.



  1. It comes across as any other car movie but then when you hear that it’s all in-camera no computer effects it makes it that much more exciting! Thanks for the link and great write up on the movie!


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