If you like high-octane stunt driving, you know the kind you see in a Bond flick, you’ll want to check out the new movie “Ben Collins: Stunt Driver”. Collins is a top Hollywood stunt driver, and former “Stig” on the BBC’s “Top Gear”.
In the film, Collins is tasked with finding the perfect car for a Bond-esque chase sequence, and after putting a number of cars high speed challenges over 48 hours, he names the Ford Mustang fastback with 421 PS 5.0-litre V8 as the ultimate stunt car.
“The point of this adventure was to find the perfect car for an epic, high octane, Hollywood-style car chase, and it’s the iconic Ford Mustang that gets top billing,” Collins said. “Mustang has starred in many a classic car chase during the past 50 years, and is still the stunt driver’s weapon of choice to leave the bad guys standing in a cloud of tyre smoke.”
Collins’ movie stunt driving credits include the James Bond films “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” as well as “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” Collins was also the anonymous “Stig” for eight years on BBC’s “Top Gear,” and he has competed in Le Mans, GT and NASCAR race series.
“We are thrilled to have been able to work with Ford on this special project at such an exciting time in the world of motoring entertainment,” says Nicola Pearcey, executive producer, Lionsgate. “Ben’s incredible stunt driving skill and close relationship with the car industry has meant we were able to leave no stone unturned in making this a truly spectacular action experience.”
Mustang helped Collins evade baddies in his new film with all-new front and rear suspension systems including innovative integral link independent rear suspension, and standard performance brake packages behind 19‑inch wheels. A lightweight balanced and responsive chassis delivers up to 0.97 g-force when cornering, and customers can choose between six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with wheel-mounted paddle shifters for slick gear changes.
Mustang also gives the driver an edge on a movie set whether chasing or being chased, using selectable Drive Modes to match Normal, Sport+, Track or Snow/Wet settings to driving conditions. Launch Control helps the 5.0-litre V8 Mustang sprint 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.8 seconds.
The all-new Ford Mustang is now on sale across Europe for the first time in more than 50 years in fastback and convertible body styles, equipped with Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine or the fuel-efficient 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine delivering 317 PS. More than 10,000 Mustangs have now been sold in Europe since the order books opened in January of this year.
“Ben Collins: Stunt Driver” is available on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 9.