UPDATE 'Need for Speed' Day 2: Columbus turns into Mt. Kisco for filming

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comJune 5, 2013 

Welcome to Mt. Kisco, N.Y., where car chases end in dramatic fashion with multiple crashes and tumbles along the 13th Street Bridge.

Columbus turned into Mt. Kisco on Wednesday when DreamWorks Production’s “Need for Speed” continued Day 2 filming. A new welcome sign for the real town was posted on the Phenix City side of the Chattahoochee River, where the production crew filmed several scenes. Mt. Kisco is both a town and a village in Westchester County, N.Y. The sign in Phenix City said it has a population of 11,042, but the latest census said it had 10,877 residents.

At least a few hundred people were scattered around Phenix Plaza and the Russell County Courthouse to catch a glimpse of a scene showcasing three cars. A ramp was used for the white car, which flipped several times and slid up the bridge. That scene was reproduced a few times.

Along with the car chase, spectators also saw a low-flying helicopter for News 10-WNKW, a fictional TV station. It typically was positioned between the 14th Street pedestrian bridge and the 13th Street Bridge.

According to the schedule, more filming is to take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Manchester Expressway.

There is some bad news for fans hoping to get a glimpse of actors Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots.

According to publicist Andy Lipschultz, they are to film the “drive-thru” shots Wednesday on Manchester Expressway. Lipschultz said Wednesday that spectators will probably never see them.

Lipschultz said a Ford Mustang was used for the Manchester scenes. He confirmed that the cars used on 13th Street Bridge are Koenigsegg Agera Rs, a Swedish sports car.

"The 2013 model features new Aircore hollow carbon fiber wheels, upgraded power and enhanced aerodynamics. The Agera R has an incredible top speed of approximately 440 km/h (273mph)," according to Koenigsegg's website.

The sports car made Forbes' most expensive car list, with a value of $1.7 million for the "R package."

As far as traffic is concerned, the morning commute has seen some backups at the three bridges, but the 5-6 p.m. rush hour is creating some travel delays of up to 45 minutes.

Several people downtown the past two days used the Dillingham Street Bridge, causing traffic to back up down Front Avenue and into 12th Street. Those on the road are encouraged to also use the Oglethorpe Bridge and J.R. Allen Parkway.

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