Well a year has past and last Friday the iconic Mustang celebrated its 51st birthday. This time around there were no “Mustangs Across America” drives, no mustang car shows. Instead, Ford is releasing a special movies series on how the latest Mustang came to be.
The first chapter is about the sixth-gen model’s design, which still is the subject of controversy among Mustang enthusiasts.
In this 10-minute video, various employees talk about designing a Mustang for the 21st century that still harks back to the iconic first-gen model. “When you’re redoing an icon, like the Mustang, it’s a combination of a great honor and extreme fear. Because you don’t want to screw up an icon,” said one of the members of the design team. And judging by the way the 2015 car was received — lots of praise on one side and severe criticism on the other — that statement is by no means out of place. As a vehicle that stands as a symbol of freedom and independence, the Mustang has a lot of fans with a lot of expectations.
Designing a new pony isn’t easy, and, as Pericak himself puts it, it requires a team of enthusiasts that “eat, sleep, and breathe” Mustangs. Find out more about that in the video above and stay tuned for the following episodes.