Feature Flick: Keeping the 2015 Ford Mustang Under Wraps

As one of the most highly-anticipated reveals in recent memory in the automotive world, the true look of the 2015 Ford Mustang needed to be locked down tight. While testing went on for months before the car was officially revealed in early December, a dedicated team had already worked tirelessly to make sure the 2015 Ford Mustang was well-camouflaged from the rabid automotive paparazzi.

Watching Ford’s engineers seal up the 2015 Ford Mustang in the video below, it becomes clear what a concerted team effort went into keeping the pony car disguised. The entire vehicle is carefully swaddled, a 420-hp suckling babe wrapped in padded lightweight plastic and soft vinyl.

“Ford designers and engineers spend a lot of time developing new cars, and part of my job is to make sure people don’t see the result until it’s completely ready,” said Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak in a statement. “Professional spy photographers have been stalking prototype cars for decades, and now, the addition of camera phones has made it even more critical to hide our cars from prying eyes.”

There is no doubt Ford faced big obstacles keeping the 2015 Ford Mustang design a secret, with a dedicated army of spy photographers watching its every move.

“These paparazzi definitely don’t play fair,” explained camouflage coordinator Al Wilkinson. “They hide in weeds, they hide behind buildings, they hide in tall grass, wherever they can.”

Pericak had to refuse the first camouflage proposal, which despite an effort to keep weight and aerodynamic interference minimal, simply was not deceptive enough to face the legion of spy photographers lying in wait.

The final camo package was full of heavy padding meant to make the car appear smaller, cleverly disguising the fastback to resemble a notchback. It weighed in at just 49 lbs.

Watch the video below the see the full interviews and footage of the 2015 Ford Mustang’s camouflage process.

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