Need For Speed hits our cinemas on March the 12th, and if you're anything like us, we canny wait to see Aaron Paul and co. tearing the arse out of a load of really fast cars. In anticipation of this, here're a series of trivia that you may not have known about the upcoming movie:
#1 Before beginning production, Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper learned to drive high-speed cars at Willow Springs racetrack, in California's high desert.
#2 The hero car that Tobey and Julia drive cross-country is based on the 2013 GT500 Mustang.
#3 Seven Mustangs were built for the film, each serving different purposes including stunts, driving shots, beauty shots, even a Mustang that was picked up by a helicopter.
#4 The six super cars replicated for the film are: The Koenigsegg Agera R, Lamborghini Elemento, Spano GTA, Saleen S-7, Bugatti Veyron and McLaren P-1.
#5 Famed drivers Tanner Foust and Rhys Millen did the pod car driving for Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper. Equally respected drivers Rich Rutherford, Tony Brakohiapa, Brent Fletcher and Paul Dallenbach drove the super cars in the De Leon race along with Foust and Millen.
#6 Imogen Poots did not know how to drive a car before being cast in "Need for Speed."
#7 Steve McQueen was director Scott Waugh's image for the type of actor to play Tobey Marshall.
#8 Director Scott Waugh and stuntman Lance Gilbert grew up together as their fathers were renowned Hollywood stuntmen.
#9 To obtain a close up shot of Scott Mescudi piloting the helicopter, director Scott Waugh, a former stuntman, harnessed himself to the outside of the chopper and stood on the skids to get the shot himself, rather than letting a cameraman take the risk.
#10 "Need for Speed" shot on locations across America, including Mendocino County and San Francisco, California; Macon and Stone Mountain, Georgia; the 13th St. Bridge over the Chattahoochee River that separates Columbus, Georgia from Phenix City, Alabama; Detroit; Fossil Point overlooking the Colorado River; the Bonneville Salt Flats; and Moab, Utah.
#11 Aaron Paul is perhaps best known for his Emmy Award®-winning role in "Breaking Bad."
#12 John and George Gatins are brothers. John is a producer. George wrote the screenplay. Both receive Story By credit.
#13 In addition to their motion picture careers, the Gatins brothers are car enthusiasts, and own a garage where they restore classic automobiles.
#14 John Gatins' first car was a 1966 Mustang.
#15 The "Need for Speed" video games have sold over 140 million copes since 1994 and have been released in 22 languages in over 60 countries.
And if you're looking for a sneak peak behind the scenes of Need For Speed, take a gawk below: