Ford has revealed a one-off camera car based on the Edge ST, which is set to capture the next generation of Hollywood car chases.
The American manufacturer teamed up with camera car company Pursuit Systems to develop the vehicle, which will be capable of tracking chase scenes at speeds over 100mph.
The specially-modified Edge ST features a huge remote-controlled, roof-mounted crane (weighing 450kg) to house a camera in, and can offer accurate tracking so it can film as close to the action as possible.
Other modifications made to the car include adding air suspension to manage the increase in weight, fitting a roll cage, stripping the interior to allow for more room for equipment and installing wiring to allow for monitors to show what the camera is recording in real-time.
And while the matte black vinyl wrap added to the car might look rather menacing, it’s there for good reason as it ensures the camera car never reflects onto other vehicles while filming.
The ‘ST’ nameplate is reserved for some of Ford’s sportiest models, and the Edge is the first Ford SUV to receive the ST treatment from Ford Performance. It utilises a 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 petrol engine producing 330bhp, and is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds.
Sadly, Ford is unlikely to bring the Edge ST over to the UK. The standard model is Ford’s largest on offer in the UK, priced from £35,510. You can also have it in sporty-looking ST-Line trim, too.
The additional weight and modifications will undoubtedly dampen the Edge’s performance, but the operators of the car have high hopes for the model, as Pursuit Systems’ other camera vehicles include a Mercedes ML63 AMG, BMW X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
Mike Johnson, Pursuit Systems’ CEO and avid stunt driver, said: “Speed, acceleration, braking, handling and even roominess – the Edge ST has it all.
“Our shoots often demand a lot of the equipment we use, especially the vehicles. In every way, the Edge ST measures up.”
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October 30, 2018