Nine Ford engineers recently got the ride of a lifetime. What they thought was going to be a normal Ford commercial video shoot took a hard left turn when NASCAR® race-car driver Carl Edwards showed up to take care of the driving. They knew nothing about what was really in store for them until, one-by-one, they were led out to the car with Carl sitting behind the wheel.
The shock of being on a video shoot with Carl was soon replaced with exhilaration as the engineers experienced the Taurus that they had all contributed to being pushed to limit by one of the world’s most capable drivers at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.
Here’s what the Ford engineers had to say after the ride:
“I wish I could verbalize how much fun that was, but nothing I can say will do it justice. It was truly an amazing experience! By far the best day I have had at work! So far. Carl Edwards is incredible! I still do not know how he was able to do what he did and make it seem so effortless, and talk to me. Meanwhile, I was hanging on for dear life and looking for the next thing to grab onto.” – Omar L. Conteh, Ford Fuel Economy Engineer
“When I first arrived at the track and was getting ready to get in the car, I was still thinking I was the star of the show and that they had a hired a professional driver to assist me. After being introduced to Carl Edwards, I finally processed that he was the star of the ad and I adjusted my part to focus more on his driving and less on just presenting the technical content of EcoBoost®.” – Mazen Hammoud, Ford Powertrain Calibration Engineer
“I learned that I can get whipped around a track for 45 minutes in the passenger seat and not get sick. Had it been 46 minutes, I’m not so sure.” – Pete Reyes, Former Taurus Chief Engineer
“I was surprised when I was handed a helmet before stepping into the vehicle, and I thought to myself, why do I need this, the car won’t even be moving right? Then I saw that Carl was driving the vehicle and it all made sense.” – Jennifer Brace, Ford User Interface Engineer
“I can honestly say I was blown away by the performance and handling capabilities of the Taurus! I had no idea the Taurus (sedan!) could do what Carl Edwards made it do.” – Omar L. Conteh
We’ll add more content here and on the Ford Taurus YouTube channel in the coming weeks.
For more information, please visit the Taurus Experience on ford.com.