The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

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We visited one of the design centers of Ford’s R&D facilities in Detroit during our last day of the NAIAS this week and they showed us the process in conceptualizing and creating the new 2015 Ford Mustang.

We meet with key executives, design and creative heads as well as the master sculptor that shared details of the design flow and how to came up with the new look of the Mustang.

mustang 2015 • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

The entire team started off with Ideation. This is the stage where every designer can submit concepts of what the new Mustang would look like. They are all sketches and they had dozens of it.

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mustang ideation • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

The process was like running the “Next Top Chef” or like a “America’s Got Talent” but with design sketches. Executives then decide which of the sketches would make the cut and they shave the entries down to 3 themes.

mustang themes • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

The final 3 themes are then refined by the team and revisions are introduced to make them closest to what the new Mustang should be.

Each of the 3 final themes are then molded or sculptured by a Master Craftsman into a real-sized model.

mustang master sculptor • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

The models give the team a better understanding of the size and scale of the car. Additional revisions are made or added based on the model. Of the three, one will be finally selected to become the new 2015 Mustang.

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mustang clay • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

To give them a better perspective, they add more realistic materials to make it look like the real thing, take it outdoors under the sunlight to see how the curves and corners reflect the sunlight.

mustang dress • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

After this model is finally approved, they’d create the real one and test it out.

ford mustang • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

While this is being done, another team would be in-charge to design the interior of the Mustang.

mustang seats • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

A lot of attention is given to each detail of the interior — the analog meters, dials, stitches of the leather, even the positioning of the cup holders.

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mustang steering wheel • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

Another designed is assigned to pick the colors of the car. They started off with several dozen ones and end up with the final 10.

red mustang • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

Additional tests are done outdoors including test drives, lighting, reflections and many more. More revisions are introduced based on the results of the tests and feedback from the executive team.

mustang gt • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

Once everything is signed off, the Mustang goes into the production line.

2015 mustang1 • The Making of the 2015 Ford Mustang

That’s how the 2015 Ford Mustang is created. And while we’re all waiting for the release of the car, the design team is already busy creating the 2017 model.

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