What You Didn’t Know About The Ford Mustang From Death Race

The entertainment industry continues to present films about cars to satisfy some audiences who enjoy the automotive world. It’s been that way for a while now.


We have classics like Grand Prix (1966), it Bullitt (1968), it Lost Point (1971), and Smokey and Bandits (1977), to name just a few. On the other hand, modern achievements include Fast and full of energy franchise (2001-present), Ford v Ferrari (2019), and many others.

We apologize in advance if we missed mentioning your favorite car movie. Our aim is simply to highlight how these films remain incredibly popular and widely present, which means filmmakers have to constantly come up with new, creative plots.

In 2008, Paul WS Anderson, a British film director and producer, violated the “regular” code by Death race, an American dystopian action thriller. Starring Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, and Joan Allen, the film was quite successful, but not only because of the actors.

It Death race featuring a hapless world with a collapsing economy, an incredible crime rate, private prisons, and above all, Frankenstein vehicles. We’ve written about all the different rides used in Death racebut today, we want to talk more about the mighty one wade through Mustang GT.

Whether you’re a movie buff or not, you’ll love reading more about the heavily modified Mustang GT starring Death race. Here, it’s about the car, not the movie. RELATED: The 10 Most Iconic Movie Cars Ever


How the Ford Mustang GT Ended in the Death Race

Let’s explore briefly Death race plot to understand the incredible rides starring in it. The setting of the film is 2012, supposedly a year of economic collapse and the rise of criminals. Jansen Ames (Statham) is an industrial steelworker and former race car driver (you saw what they did with that name, right?) who ended up being framed for the murder of his wife. He is sent to Terminal Island prison where Claire Hennessey (Allen) is the warden and organizer of Death Race, the combat racing series that earns him a lot of money.

Hennessey recruited Ames to emulate Frankenstein, a favorite racer among observers who died after one race. He promises to free Ames to raise his daughter if he proves successful in the race. Of course, he faced off against many other (cruel) contestants. Driven by a desire to return to his daughter and take revenge on the guilty warden for his wife’s death, Ames takes racing to another level and uses his Ford Mustang GT to break out of prison.

Now, we can discuss plot, acting, and camera quality here, but that’s not our goal. We were even more excited to explore the Mustang GT, the heavily modified car that Ames took to the track to race a modified Porsche 911, Chrysler 300C, Buick Riviera Boat Trail, Pontiac Trans Am and more. Of course, they were all covered in armor and weapons.

It’s less known that Anderson originally wanted to give the film’s protagonist a Dodge Challenger, but he concluded that the Ford Mustang GT would be easier to spot. He’s right, we dare say. Even if you don’t like the film for the plot, you just have to appreciate the Mustang’s aesthetics and sound on the track.

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Mustang GT Visual Changes and Updates For Death Race Movie

After seeing the Ford Mustang GT in Death Race, one can conclude that there was some customization involved for the film. But do you know what this means?

Roush Performance is the automotive company that had the honor of modifying cars for the film. The team upgraded the Ford Racing Performance supercharger to help the rides spin their tires and burnout under heavy armor. The parts are plastic, of course, but it still adds a lot of weight to the car.

Some of the other adjustments include an adjustable coil above the front stand, rear shocks, rear lower control arm, Brembo disc brake system, and more. In terms of visual “attractiveness,” the Mustang GT is barely recognizable under all the armor and weaponry, which is quite fitting for the race car racer known as Frankenstein.

Twin hood scoops, mini guns, blades over the windshield, modified doors, large armor plates at the rear, and many other weight enhancements mask the true identity of this vehicle. But still, you can tell the car on the road is a Mustang by the grille, hood and overall stance.

Things are no different on the inside. The Mustang’s cabin looks like a patched cage of various car scraps, evoking the feeling of racing in a somewhat disturbing way. But we have to admit Mustang GT from Death Race is an interesting modification. Well, the sixth, because the film requires more units for various shooting needs.

We managed to dig that about three Mustangs remained operational after the film. One even ended up at auction, where a private collector bought it. In the end, whether you liked the movie or not, it’s not every day you get to buy a crazy vehicle like that, and we envy collectors who own the Death Race Ford Mustang GT.

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