The Isle of Man TT Festival is one of the world’s largest motorcycle events, but why should the fun be limited to just two-wheelers? Enter the latest Ford Mustang Bullitt.
In a series of videos about the world’s top drives, Ford decided to highlight the famed 12-mile Mountain Road on the small Isle of Man, located between England and Ireland. The road comprises one of the world’s most renowned and historic motorcycle race courses.
“Imagine German autobahns, then add hills and twists, and shrink it to a single carriageway with incredible views, and what you have are these utterly fantastic, and dramatic, roads,” journalist Steve Sutcliffe said in a news release. “The Mountain Road feels — and is — an utterly dramatic place to drive. It’s epic, and quite unlike anywhere else.”
What better way to show off the new Bullitt, wearing the signature Dark Highland Green of the iconic Steve McQueen movie car? Sutcliffe was able to enjoy a closed road and, knowing he had the whole thing to himself, let the Mustang loose.
The resulting video is filled with delightful high-rev maneuvers and plenty of throaty exhaust. Sutcliffe said Ford’s homage to the classic Mustang is well-suited to the mountain road, as both are symbols of remarkable heritage.
“I think this road suits the Bullitt like no other because it’s got this dinky, old-school, slightly terrifying vibe to it,” he added. “It’s either really fast or utterly insane.”
Whether he’s right or wrong seems to be a topic that would best be decided by hopping on a ferry to the Isle of Man and testing the road yourself — maybe even in a Bullitt Mustang, if you have one handy.