“It’s epic, and quite unlike anywhere else.”Automotive journalist, Steve Sutcliffe
The Isle of Man TT Festival is one of the most famous motorsport festivals in the world. Every year more than 30 million fans tune in to see brave motorcycle racers tackle the 60 kilometre Mountain Course. Automotive journalist Steve Sutcliffe takes the new Mustang Bullitt for a run on the island where many of the roads have no speed limits, although there are still laws against careless and dangerous driving.
The mountain itself is unique because it is one of the only places where you can see all four countries that make up the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. And regardless of the opportunity to drive fast, it does pay to slow down and enjoy the incredible scenery, as well as the local hospitality.
“The food and drink is excellent, pretty much everywhere on the island,” said Sutcliffe. “You may go there for the exhilaration of driving one of Europe’s most notorious roads, but it’s the people, the food and the scenery that will compound your sadness to be getting the ferry home.”
This is the ninth film in the series that has included everything from a Ford GT supercar across the Atlantic Ocean Road, in Norway, to a Fiesta ST on the virtually empty Via Campocatino, in Italy. Rated on factors including thrill factor, food and road surface, the Mountain Road achieved the highest score in the series to date.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary Warner Bros. film of the same name, the new special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt is powered by an enhanced version of Ford’s 5.0 litre V8 engine delivering 480 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The Bullitt is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission with Rev Matching.