Movie Hype: Ford Mustang “Hero Car” From Need For Speed Movie Going To Barrett Jackson Auction Block For Good Cause

Posted on 02.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


No matter how good or bad a car movie is the one constant is that people want whatever featured vehicle played the leading role in said movie.  The Firebird from “Smokey And The Bandit”, the Ecto-1 from “Ghosbusters”, the Supra from “The Fast And The Furious” are all highly sought after items for any car collector.  That’s why regardless of how you think the new Need For Speed movie will turn out, the Ford Mustang “hero” car would still fetch a premium; which is exactly what DreamWorks Pictures and Ford are looking to accomplish at the Barrett Jackson Auction in April.

If you are unfamiliar with the term “hero car”, “hero” is a Hollywood term that basically means something that was prominently used on-camera by a lead actor in major scenes of a film.  So, that means the Mustang going on sale is the actual car that hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of people will see on screen driven by Aaron Paul and it will still have all of the modifications on it that were added on for the movie.

What really makes this special is that the proceeds from the Auction will benefit the Henry Ford Health System, a non-profit organization that helps bring quality health care to those who cannot afford it.  Let’s hope this Mustang can fetch a few million!

Press Release:

Ford-designed and built custom wide body Mustang used in the new movie “Need for Speed” will be auctioned for charity

  • All-new 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Ford F-150 will be on display at the auction in West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Ford will offer ride-and-drives at the auction in vehicles from its 2014 lineup; Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST are primed for hot-lap experiences

A custom 2014 Ford Mustang GT starring in the new movie, “Need for Speed,” will be auctioned off for charity by Ford Motor Company at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction on April 12.

Building on the excitement of the movie, premiering March 14, this Mustang will be offered at no reserve, with proceeds benefiting the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profit group founded by Henry Ford to improve the health and well-being of a diverse community.

Need for Speed” is the latest of more than 3,200 film and television appearances for Mustang over the past 50 years. The Mustang being auctioned is one of a handful developed purely for the movie to appear on the silver screen and at promotional stops.

The movie car boasts a custom-designed wide body rolling on unique Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. The visual sizzle is amplified by custom silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes and angel-eye fog lamps in the grille.

“Mustang was cast in a leading role of the movie with screen time equal to many of the actors,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Director Scott Waugh challenged our team to give this central character enough personality and American masculinity to take on some of the world’s most exotic cars, just like in the popular Electronic Arts video game that inspired the movie.

“The new owner of this particular Mustang will take home a rare vehicle, and their bid will increase access to critical health care services.”

Founded in 1915, the Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems. It provides health insurance and health-care delivery, including acute-, specialty-, primary- and preventive-care services, backed by excellence in research and education. Additional information is available at

“Need for Speed” is one of the most successful racing video game franchises in the world, with more than 140 million games sold since the original edition debuted 20 years ago. The Dreamworks Studios film stars Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America”), Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”) and Michael Keaton (“Batman”), and is directed by Waugh (“Act of Valor”).

Beyond the South Florida Fairgrounds auction stage, Ford will offer ride-and-drive and hot-lap experiences. The public can sample Ford’s stable of 2014 vehicles, as well as hot-lap experiences in the Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST. In addition, Ford is showing the all-new 2015 Mustang and 2015 F-150 in South Florida for the first time.

For auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website or Facebook.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

About Need for Speed:

DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.

Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

Need for Speed is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, produced by Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins and Mark Sourian, and directed by Scott Waugh. The screenplay is by George Gatins. The story is by George Gatins & John Gatins, and, based on the video game franchise created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.

Need for Speed is a trademark of Electronic Arts Inc.

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Gaming Hype: Road Atlanta Comes To Forza Motorsport 5…For Free! (Video)

Posted on 02.18.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Remember when Forza Motorsport 5 came out and everyone complained that there wasn’t enough tracks even though Turn 10 kept telling everyone more tracks were on the way?  Well, starting today Turn 10 gets to say “we told you so” as it was announced that a brand new re-captured virtual Road Atlanta course is coming to Forza Motorsport 5…for free!  Yes, now you and your friends can fly over that horrifying blind crest on your Xbox One!  Check out the official trailer below.

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Gaming Hype: World Of Speed Open World MMO Racing Game Announced By Slightly Mad Studios (Video)

Posted on 02.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Racing games are awesome but lets face it after driving the same tracks over and over again it can get a bit stale.  That’s why open world racing games like “Forza Horizon” and Test Drive were so refreshing.  The trend Open World MMO racing games continued with the announcement of “Drive Club” for PS4 and “The Crew” by UbiSoft.  Today Slightly Mad Studios (who created Need For Speed: SHIFT and SHIFT 2: Unlimited) announced that they would also be throwing their hat into the open world MMO racing game genre with their new IP World Of Speed.

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World Of Speed promises to bring a “AAA” level open-world racing experience to PCs and it will also be free-to-play.  Yes, FREE!  Although that likely means there will be tons of micro transactions within the game.  Perhaps players will have to pay real money to buy virtual upgrades for their cars?  As of now I really don’t know too much but I do know that it will have real licensed cars, feature missions, and “club” gameplay.  Hopefully I will be invited to its closed beta which starts this spring.  In the meantime check out some of the game’s early screenshots by clicking any of the thumbnails in this post.  You can also watch the announcement trailer and read the official press release below.

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Press Release:



Award-Winning Developer bring the ultimate AAA free-to-play online racing game to PCs in 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif – February 10, 2014 – Slightly Mad Studios, the critically acclaimed developer known for their pedigree in racing video games, today unveiled World of Speed, a AAA massively multiplayer online arcade racing video game. World of Speed will be available in 2014 as a free-to-play experience on PCs.

In World of Speed, players will hop in the driver’s seat of an endless garage of cars ranging from everyday city runners to the fastest super cars on the planet to the most iconic cars from throughout the storied history of auto racing. Players will find themselves racing on true-to-life tracks spanning the globe and on tracks only a speed freak could dream up, carved from roadways across cities including London and San Francisco.

 “At the heart of World of Speed lies a unique massive multiplayer online experience which incorporates a dynamic social elements and entirely new ways to compete in a racing video game – from an individual to a team level,” said Ian Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Slightly Mad Studios. “World of Speed is an online game and will be continuously supported with innovative and fresh content to keep the competition furious well after its launch.”

 World of Speed introduces a new level of connected competition allowing players real-time interactive social gameplay through intense Club and team gameplay, the Airfield social hub, and unique missions and objectives in every race to make every players actions really matter. As an online experience, World of Speed will be supported with live events and player challenges, new gameplay modes, tracks and cars and much more.

World of Speed will be entering closed beta in Spring 2014. To learn more about World of Speed and for a chance to play the fast-paced action in the closed beta, visit and sign up at The game will be published worldwide by

About Slightly Mad Studios Ltd

Slightly Mad Studios is an independent, award winning developer known most recently for its work on Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed franchise with the successful SHIFT series. The company has a core studio located near Tower Bridge, London but predominantly uses a unique distributed development system that allows the team to attract worldwide talent, be cost-effective and ultra-efficient.

For more information about Slightly Mad Studios, please visit:

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Gaming Hype: “Honda Legends” DLC Car Pack Released For Forza Motorsport 5 (Video)

Posted on 02.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Are you a hardcore Honda-head? If so you will definitely want to know that today the “Honda Legends” DLC car pack was released for Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One.  The car pack includes the 1984 CRX Mugen test vehicle, the 1994 Prelude Si (my favorite car when I was in high school), and the 2014 Civic Si coupe.  That is a pretty strong trio for any Honda enthusiast (especially the Prelude!!).  OK, now here is the best part about this news: the car pack is FREE!  Yep, its is all part of a promo deal with Honda as they get ready to reveal the new Civic Si coupe at the Chicago Auto Show this week.  Pretty sweet huh?!  You can download the Honda Legends DLC pack right now on Xbox Live but if you want to get a closer look at what  you will get then scroll down for the official trailer.

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Hype News: Documentary About Gran Turismo Creator Kazunori Yamauchi To Debut On Hulu On Jan 22nd 2013 (Video)

Posted on 01.16.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Remember a while back when I told you about an upcoming documentary starring the mysterious creator of Gran Turismo, Kazunori Yamauchi?  Well today that documentary got a release date (there is a Gran Turismo 5 joke in there but I won’t touch it).  “KAZ: Pursuing The Digital Divide” will be released next Wednesday on January 22nd 2014.  What’s more is that the “KAZ” doc will be released on the popular Hulu video streaming service!  There is a caveat here though.  In order to watch on your TV or mobile device you will need to be a Hulu Plus subscriber.  However, if you are totally fine with watching it on your computer or laptop then a free Hulu account is all you’ll need to enjoy the film!

In addition to the Hulu announcement a new trailer was released today as well, watch it below!

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Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 5 Gets Its First DLC In “IGN Car Pack”

Posted on 01.08.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Did you get an Xbox One and Forza Motorsport 5 this holiday season? Lucky you! We still haven’t gotten our hands on a console yet but hey, we’re not bitter!  Anyhow, if we can’t play it we at least want to make sure you guys are enjoying it to its fullest so you should know that the first official DLC is out!  The “IGN Car Pack” includes 10 awesome cars including the one you see above!  If you bought the Forza Motorsport 5 season pass then you should already have this car pack.  If not, then you can purchase the IGN Car pack for $10 on the Xbox Live Marketplace.  For now check out the official car list and trailer below!


Car List:

1961 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

2013 Caterham Superlight R500

2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

1977 Ford Escort RS1800

1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello

2008 Lamborghini Reventón

1957 Ferrari 250 California

1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432

1984 Peugeot 205 T16


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Gaming Hype: Gran Turismo 6 Glitch Allows Players To Get An Easy 20 Million Credits (Video)

Posted on 12.12.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


One of the down sides to modern console racing games is that the good cars cost a lot of in-game credits and those credits are typically not easy to come by.  When a player only gets about 5,000 to 10,000 credits for winning a race and the cool cars cost up to a million credits then you can see why players will often look for shortcuts!

Luckily the guys at IGN found a glitch in Gran Turismo 6 that when exploited correctly can allow someone to earn an easy 20 million credits!  In involves a fair level of console/game trickery but the results seem to be well worth it!  Watch the video below to learn how it works.

[Source: IGN YouTube channel]

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Hype Contest: We Are Giving Away A Copy Of Forza Motorsport 5 Day One Edition!

Posted on 12.09.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Are you in the strange and probably highly unlikely position of owning an Xbox One console but not owning a copy of Forza Motorsport 5 yet?  Hey, it could happen!  Well, see we are in a weird situation.  We have a copy of the game but no console to review it with (hopefully soon) so we figured in the meantime we would give one of you the chance to own and play the game for yourself!  So, we are giving away one copy of Forza Motorsport 5: Day One Edition!

All that needs to be done to enter is to visit our Facebook page ( and find the post with the above image in it then “like” that post.  On Friday (Dec. 13th 5pm PST) we will randomly pick winner from those who liked the post.  That’s it!  The only other requirement is that you be a resident of the good ol’ U.S.A.

Good luck!

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Hype Video: Gran Turismo 6 Intro Is Both Aryton Senna Tribute And Love Letter To Automotive Design

Posted on 12.06.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


I have three bits of the best news you will hear all day. First: its Friday! Second: Gran Turismo 6 comes out today! Third: You won’t need to buy a next-gen console to play it (unless the newest console you own is a PS2)! All awesome right?

Yes, its a little hard to believe its happened so quickly, especially considering how long development on Gran Turismo 5 took but Gran Turismo 6 is finally here!  As long as you have a Playstation 3 and 60 bucks you can run out to the store right now and go pick up your copy.

Once you place the game in your system you will be greeted by possibly the best racing game intro I have ever seen.  It starts off with a tribute to Ayrton Senna which includes clips of what appear to be interviews with Ayrton’s family members which is a huge deal.  Even the official SENNA documentary didn’t go quite that deep.  From there comes a beautiful cinematic love letter to the process of automotive design.  You will just have to watch to see what I am talking about.  Finally in the last few seconds we get a tease of what looks like the ability to play as Aryton Senna in the game!  Could this be why he is noticeably absent in F1 2013 classic edition?  Who knows!  I would have loved to review this game so I could tell you, but I am not on Sony’s “Cool kids” list so alas I was not sent a copy.  What I do know is that if you aren’t sold on Gran Turismo 6 yet, this flick just might do it.  So scroll down, watch, and enjoy!

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Gaming Hype: We Interview Dan Greenawalt At Forza Motorsport 5/Xbox One Launch Party (Video)

Posted on 11.27.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


I was super lucky to be invited to the official west coast launch of the Xbox One last week, which was also the official west coast launch of Forza Motorsport 5 since it played a role as a release title for the new console.  The party was held at Milk Studios in Los Angeles and Microsoft invited 500 potential Xbox One owners to the party MC’d by world famous DJ “deadmau5″.

However before the party really got started I had a chance to sit down with Turn 10 Studios creative director Dan Greenawalt and talk to him about what’s changed with Forza Motorsport 5 since the last time I played at E3 and also to address some questions that were straight from the official Forza Motorsport forums.  Check it out below!

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