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.
To bring the most successful driving game franchise ever to life was a huge undertaking, and with 75 vehicles in the movie, ranging from the Mustang GT500 to ‘70s-era muscle cars like Camaros and Torino’s, to exotics like Lamborghinis, Bugatti’s and a Koenigsegg, MagnaFlow had their work cut out for them. Working with the vehicle production teams to create custom exhausts, fine tune sounds and build an automotive soundtrack that would leave audiences feeling the movie as much as they watched it, MagnaFlow delivered. Headlining for MagnaFlow is the Beast, a heavily modified F-450 Super Duty powered by Ford’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. MagnaFlow developed a custom exhaust system that breathes through a set of smoke-stack style, stamped stainless pipes. In addition, since the MagnaFlow team has extensive tube bending experience, Disney asked them to fabricate the front bumper with integrated bull bar, the halo rack and a custom cargo box complete its action hero look. For many of the vehicles, MagnaFlow built two different kinds of exhausts: for the exterior shots where the movie needed that big note of performance sound and a quieter system for the interior shots so that the dialogue wouldn’t be overpowered by the exhaust.
MagnaFlow is proud to be the Official Exhaust for Need For Speed, which opens in theaters March 14th. Watch the video for a behind the scenes look on how we created the distinctive soundtrack for this adrenaline pumping film!
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