2015 Mustang to Top the Empire State BuildingBy: Sean Patterson - April 15, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang will hit dealerships sometime this fall, but before it goes on sale the car will be making an impressive journey to the top of New York’s most famous skyscraper.
Ford this week announced that it will be placing a 2015 Mustang on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. The stunt is one that commemorates an identical stunt that was performed with the 1965 Ford Mustang.
To perform the engineering feat, Ford has enlisted the help of DST industries to create a special version of the 2015 Mustang that can be taken apart and fitted into the Empire State Building’s relatively small elevators. The team has worked for six weeks to get the Mustang convertible into shape for delivery to the top of the building.
“When our engineers sat down with the DST team to start plotting this out in mid-February, everyone quickly realized that some old-school craftsmanship would be needed to successfully place this car more than 1,000 feet above the crowded streets of Manhattan,” said George Samulski, design fabrication manager at Ford North America. “The deck is too high to reach with a portable crane from the street, and the spire that towers more than 400 feet above that narrow deck makes helicopter delivery impossible.”
DST engineers created a mock-up of an Empire State Building elevator in their workshop to ensure the pieces of the Mustang will fit. In addition to each of the pieces fitting into the elevator, each load had to be weighed to stay within the elevator’s weight tolerance.
Once the vehicle pieces reach the observation deck a DST crew will begin assembling it back together. A subframe has been created to hold all the pieces together and the vehicle should look whole when completely assembled.
This entire process will have to be done early in the morning within the six hours that the Empire State Building observation deck is closed to the public. The preparations and a time-lapsed run-through of the assembly are previewed in a video today released by Ford: