Ford has taken promotion of its performance-focused Edge ST SUV in a unique direction by presenting a one-of-a-kind camera car, designed specifically “to capture high-speed Hollywood chase scenes for movies and commercials.”

The matte-black creation is the result of a collaboration between Ford and camera car specialists Pursuit Systems, whose other purpose-built vehicles include a BMW X5 M, a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and, rather terrifyingly, a Ford Raptor.

To accommodate the roof-mounted remote-controlled crane weighing up to 1,000 lbs (not including the gyro-stabilized camera), Pursuit Systems fitted the Edge ST with a roll cage, individual-wheel air suspension to better manage the weight increase, and additional wiring for video monitors.

The interior meanwhile has been gutted, and the eight-speed automatic transmission remains untouched, although the 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 – which is also available on the F-150 – has received a retune. It’s not yet known how much this has affected the 335-hp and 380 lb-ft of torque output.

Given that the first-ever SUV from Ford Performance will still need to reach speeds upwards of 160 km/h for its new life on the set, we’re going to guess it’s still fairly sprightly.

The ‘upcoming feature films’ the Edge ST is set to be involved has not been confirmed, although official press images from Ford show the matte-black camera car chasing a Gulf-liveried GT40, so we’re crossing our fingers for a Le Mansremake. It’s either that or the latest piece of soulless, mind-numbing dreck also known as the Fast and the Furiousfranchise.

Source: Driving

October 31, 2018