Ford v Ferrari: Secrets behind the stunning cars (and crashes).

Ford v Ferrari: Secrets behind the stunning cars (and crashes).


Ford V Ferrari that full-throttle
dramatic ending really happened spoilers that’s how to fully appreciate the
brilliant camerawork technical prowess and logistical feats that went into
making the many racing scenes shot on historic tracks across multiple
continents feel surrealistic Ford V Ferrari the 97 million dollars
film that chronicles the fight between Carroll Shelby’s Ford gt40 team and enzo
ferrari scuderia ferrari for dominance at the 24 Hours of LeMans car race in
1966 is best enjoyed loud way loud that’s how to fully appreciate the
brilliant camerawork technical prowess and logistical feats that went into
making the many racing scenes shot on historic tracks across multiple
continents feel surrealistic you might as well be in the car with Matt Damon
air Carol she’ll be driving through the Black Knight as he fights fatigue to
hold on to his win at the 1959 24 Hours of LeMans or with wiry British driver
Ken miles a 70 pounds lighter Christian Bale as he busts through a pack of smug
meatheads in muscle cars at a local race at Willow Springs International
Motorsports Park the tension is palpable through the roar of the car engines you
can practically smell the oil and dirt and burning rubber it’s also intense in
fact that you could be forgiven for having to unclench your fists relax your
shoulders and stretch your back when you walk out of the theater two hours later
Ford V Ferrari makes it feel as if you’re the one behind the wheel credit
for all the glorious car scenes goes to 46 year old Rob Johnson the vehicle
director of the film Johnson led the team that obtained the 460 I’d vehicles
used in abused during two months of shooting last summer it took him half a
year just to prep for it I worked on this project for seven months before we
started shooting and for the first three months of it I worked every single day
he says I would just sit down and pour over books and be like what’s that old
racing sticker what’s that one what color ink is that those might not sound
like that big a deal but they’re necessary
was more than happy to share the secrets to his trade here are the big ones
behind the making of Ford V Ferrari the Cobras were replicas Shelby developed
his own take on the British cars called AC aces a line he had raced extensively
in the late 1950s Shelby purchased the bodies from AC in
England exported them to the US dropped in a Ford v8 engine for more power and
then sold them from his shop in Venice California under the name AC Cobra Ford
v Ferrari shows Shelby’s shop with dozens of Cobras at various points of
construction all the vehicles shown according to Johnson were continuation
replicas least from superformance an outfitter based in Irvine California
superformance buys the body shells from South Africa and then installs modern
components inside the crashes were real the Ferrari in the Lamont scene was
mounted on a cannon on a truck and taken at speed going down the stretch of track
in Georgia and then fired the air Johnson says we did it multiple times
they were sacrificial shells but what happened to them actually happened they
were flown through the air crashed and set on fire the Porsche was in there
because well it was reliable in early scenes of the movie
Damon drives a Porsche 356 the Volkswagen Beetle like precursor to the
faster sporty-er Porsche 900 but it could have happened the real
reason why Shelby was in a Porsche at all as a testament to the mechanical
soundness of Porsche products in a sea of vintage vehicles constantly breaking
down on and off the set Johnson needed to put Damon in something that would
hold up to multiple takes from all different angles day in and day out
until they got the shot we were originally considering an Aston Martin
db4 format for the opening scenes and we could procure one but the owner was like
uh you can take it up to 30 or 45 miles an hour
Johnson says so he ditched the Aston Martin idea then he remembered that he
had multiple 356 Porsches replicas built with mazda miata chassis back at the
Willow Springs track he had been using them as fillers for
some of the scenes filmed there we had to think about what was available and we
knew we had three Porsches we raced in Willow Springs they were on set and they
were reliable boom we got it Johnson says that might not sound like
the purest path but at the same time Porsche is in a second best choice
either they played a huge part even in the Southern Californian racing era so
why wouldn’t there be a Porsche around ford v ferrari opened in theaters on
Friday November 15th Ford it should be noted is still making the GT

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