Would You Take a Ride with Carl Edwards in the New Taurus?

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.

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117 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Ron G I would take a ride with Carl. I had the great chance to meet him at Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale 2010. He just walked up to me and said hello. Man! I was so geeked! He was really cool.
2 year(s) ago via
Billy S NO its not a V8 aint RWD if it was I would.
2 year(s) ago via
David C CARL is my NASCAR driver, great person and spokesperson and who would not want to run your blood pressue to full pleasure. Belt up and hold on!
2 year(s) ago via
Meghan R Call me I love Nascar and any driver that drives one. See you at All Ford Nationals and Dover this weekend!
2 year(s) ago via
George C Me! Me! Take me, please! LOL! What a hoot!
2 year(s) ago via
DES Ride with carl are you crazy? I want to drive and he rides with me. Fab Fords Forever I currently have a 07 MKX, 93 Bronco, 02 Ford powered Class A MH, 67 XR7 Cougar with 5.0 EFI, 69 XR7 Cougar 428CJR, 66 Sprint 200 Mustang and a Ford powered boat and daughter has a 06 Mustang V6 coupe
2 year(s) ago via
Mark T Heck yeah! Carl and I could run to the store and be back before the commercials were over, while watching a Nationwide race!
2 year(s) ago via
Mortimer D Hell yes, I would... on ONE condition - that Carl Edwards would go for a ride with ME in my 2011 SHO.
2 year(s) ago via
are you kidding i would love it, i can sure get to the food store and back real fast.Wonder how she does on the 1/4mile?Now that would really be fun run her against a chevy my mortal enemy
2 year(s) ago via
Yvon D Ok I'll ride shotgun with Carl!!! Give me call!!!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Absolutely, I'd get in the car with Carl. He's my favorite Nascar driver & the way he wrings that Taurus out through the turns looks like it'd be a real hoot. Need to see you back in Victory Lane real soon, Carl.
2 year(s) ago via
I've been a Ford Guy all of my life,just like my Dad was.My first car was a 1957 Ford,I now drive a Lightning!!! Dad would be proud. Yes I would love to ride with Carl at any speed and I'm 65..... Bob T. Columbus , Ind.
2 year(s) ago via
I hate to see a car get this abuse. I have owned 7 Fords and drove all of them with care. It does please me to know that a Ford is able to take this abuse but don't do it with mine.
2 year(s) ago via
Brandon S Just to think these are going to replace the crown vicks i think police deartments will have no problm compareing these beats to the vick
2 year(s) ago via
Cheryl M heck yes id get into the car with carl, just once. i have seen carl race at fenion raceway and i know i would be in good hands. but as for the taurus, carl shows how well the car handles on the corners, which never broke its traction and hugged the corners well, (no bunny hopping). when the brakes were applied their was no skidding or lose of control at any time. and the light in the side mirror, when someone is in your blind spot, what a fabulous ideal, oh how many accidents are going to be prevented let alone lives saved. Ford you really out did yourself, i would defintly buy a 2013 ford taurus. oh and David S , the guy a couple of spots above me you must be a ford hater or jelous of carl. This tape was to show what the new ford taurus is capabile of doing. not what carl is or isnt doing. and if im not mistake carl carries a title called professtional car racing for a reason.
2 year(s) ago via
Kat S Yikes! Triple YIKES!!! These video had my heart racing almost as fast as the Ford Taurus! "I should call my Mom and say I love you" is what I would say before I even got into the car. I haven't been brave enough to be the one to teach my kids how to drive and I don't think I could put on that helmet of doom and get in the car with Carl Edwards. "Holy Smokes" doesn't even cover how Carl makes it look so easy - he doesn't even stop laughing through the entire videos! I'm all about fun but scaring the bejeezus outta people has got to be "a lot more fun than being in the office"! And hey - that's a pretty snazzy looking car too! Makes me sit here and wonder if I would ever switch from a truck to a car...... hmmmmmmm.....
2 year(s) ago via
David S Why is Carl not wearing a helmet on the track. What a bad example Ford has set. And what about the track rules. Do they not apply to Carl?
2 year(s) ago via
Dottie B Oh hell yeah..I'm 68 years old and I would love to before I go....life's too short have some fun!! Call me I'll go do it!!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Rick W Just caught these shots a couple of days ago. It's about time they put the Taurus out there. When I bought mine, I told the dealer/salesperson "why no ads on this spectacular car?" Even today, I have people coming up to me and asking "what are you driving? I see the Ford oval, but what is it? Stunning car!" As for the question...It would be cool for Carl to drive my car and put it through the paces. I'm ready!!! ^5 to Ford and the Taurus Team!
2 year(s) ago via
Call me. I'm ready to take the drive
2 year(s) ago via
Marian M I'd love to go for a ride with Carl Edwards! That'd be a blast!
2 year(s) ago via
I would love to go for a ride with Carl
2 year(s) ago via
celestine brown What a GREAT RIDE wait it was only a commercial. Now let me drive!
2 year(s) ago via
Tyler N I know I would Carl is the man
2 year(s) ago via
Give me aa call, Im ready to ride, and drive
2 year(s) ago via
Delwyn C Great driving. i would luv a ride.
2 year(s) ago via
Dot Tie Why isn't Carl Edward wearing a helmet in the commercial?
2 year(s) ago via
Franklin P would love to take that ride
2 year(s) ago via
Louis Not bad for a FORD, but the competition has better cars........FYI
2 year(s) ago via
Carson As a current '10 SHO owner I am happy to see the evolution of the SHO but I'm disappointed that Ford chose to recognize the deficiencies in the current SHO's brakes while leaving the previous owners twisting in the wind. The brakes on my wife's '12 Focus are better than my SHO.
2 year(s) ago via
Nat Who's Carl?
2 year(s) ago via
Shaun P 0-60 in 6 seconds, for 365hp thats slow and sad. a maxima with 290 hp does 60 in 5.8 seconds, even worse is that a camry will do it in 5.7 sad ford, sad. get the mustang v8 and shut every body up!
2 year(s) ago via
M Streat Kurla pls give me a chance
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lisa Floyd I would love to ride w/ Carl ....He is my favorite driver and I own a taurus.Only if I had a new one and Carl would drive me to work.
2 year(s) ago via
Renata W Smile on my face with every video. Great campaign!
2 year(s) ago via
Bo S I loved watching Carl drive the Ford Engineers around the track....I think they all were thinking...."Holy s...." Go Ford, Go Carl & Go Taurus....It is one great looking vehicle!
2 year(s) ago via
Randy Vieu Sr. You bet hes my favorite driver
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
luv all the new Fords but like rolling w/ the fast ladies, go girls
2 year(s) ago via
sorry dudes, im riding w/the ladies,
2 year(s) ago via
Carlos T Show me the way around that track Carl! I'm ready!
2 year(s) ago via
Crys These are great!!! Sign me up...
2 year(s) ago via
Wayne My 2007 Milan has over 195,000 miles on it. Replaced the battery; a brake job; a few sets of tires; and of course some oil changes. Looks and runs like a brand new car.
2 year(s) ago via
Tom H Be More than Happy to ride with him in new Taurus or Mustang!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Paul dba 8 This a great project by Ford for Ford. I'm sure the 'office' engineers will be talking about this for years!
2 year(s) ago via
Jennifer Carter Yeah, but when he's done it's my turn to show him how it's done!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Beth S 100,000? Move over, Ford. My little 1991 Toyota Corolla SR5 coupe has 179, 400 miles on it and is still purring like a kitten. I've done nothing but replace one clutch and change the oil in 20 years.
2 year(s) ago via
Rick L The Blind Spot indicators have helped me with merging on a few roads that have big curves in the ramps.
2 year(s) ago via
Phil Kline I'd go for a ride on a skate board with Carl Edwards! This is the year of Cousin Carl's revenge! Go #99!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shannon Russo Dear Ford: My mother and I just spent 25 minutes stranded outside of a gas station on "vacation", 1200 miles from home because the 2011 Ford Edge continues to not recognize the key (one of it's many issues). There have been several "updates" made to this lemon and many trips to the dealer and calls to Ford and the problems persist. We feel UNSAFE to continue driving in this vehicle and we continue to be ignored. Can you hear us now!? What next!?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Benton Fowler Heck yeah I would ride with Carl. Im a Ford man and a #99 fan.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Eric Rifel drifting in a taurus... SO BEAUTIFUL :'''''''D
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Teresa Brewer Yes I would!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ford Boss Ford Australia need to remake this with Frosty & an XR6T.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Harriet W Yes and probably be screaming with joy
2 year(s) ago via
Bob Petersen You bet I,m a Ford fan and a Carl fan!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Julie Haden Vaughn no
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Wade C This is fantastic. Nice work!
2 year(s) ago via
Susan Bellwood I would take a ride on a camel with Carl Edwards!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kelly V Anytime, Anywhere!!! Go Carl!
2 year(s) ago via
Stefani M wow!
2 year(s) ago via
Jay Jessup U bet i would faster the better
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jo Rice You betcha, anytime.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Julie R What a dumb question! Of course!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Jacob W Makes me think different of the taurus
2 year(s) ago via
Chasity Hudson Strickland WOULD LOVE TO, GO #99!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Susy B In a heart beat
2 year(s) ago via
E.e. Duggan And do the back flip too:
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Wood Indeed !
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Randy McCreary I was just watching the videos. Now that's fun!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Richard Carlisi It would be awesome.
2 year(s) ago via
Randy McCreary Yes, that would be fun!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stephanie Smith Yes I wud but shhhh don't tell my hubby lol hahaha
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael Angelone Only if I can drive! :D
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Fred K In 1986 I got ride with Race Driver Scott Pruett for 2 laps of Road Atlanta in a production Merkur XR4Ti. It was an amazing few minutes that I can still close my eyes and visualize to this day. I would love to do it again in the new Taurus!!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Jean Watkins Would love to ride with Carl in the Taurus!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Zappulla I'm in!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rick L Well I drive my SHO hard but not like Carl!
2 year(s) ago via
Ed Kensek I'd ride in a second would be a amazing experience !!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jean Payne I dunno how fast will he be going?? if over 100 mph it's too fast for me My daughter's husband was stationed in Germany and on the autoban they were going over 150 mph and it was making me dizzy ugh too fast
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kristen Gellhaus Yes!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Charlie Morneau Now finally. Someone is using their head! This is the way to show a car's capabilities. Most people are afraid to drive fast and furious, and the salesman won't let you on the test drive anyway, but here the potential customer gets to see what a great performer this beautiful new Taurus is. Like I said before, the new Taurus is Ford's best kept secret. I test drove a regular V-6, and I was impressed, I can only imagine the EcoBoost, must be great! Please Ford, advertise, and sell this terrific car!!! ,
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mike Pignatelli I wouldnt be caught dead in the new taurus
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Randhy Pradana Good
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kyle Scc New*
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kyle Scc Dam right I would love the nee taurus
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bo Bandy Amazing that the Taurus used to sell for under 20k (loaded) and then it was discontinued for 2-3 years. When it came back into production, it's sticker price is 30k!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joseph Newby Yes, I would, AND then I'd have him let me drive x3
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brenda M. Bullock I'm ready!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Daniel Katilius Good video!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Josh Rivera my dream!! AWSEOME TO MEET HIM!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bruce Stewart The question is: Is Carl willing to ride with me?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
William Dailey yep the one and only go 99
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Guy Lundeen Good thing it's an option, would not buy a vehicle that shuts off at stop lights. Dumb idea!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jeff Thompson Yes I would without a doubt. But I would rather Drive & have him sittin in the passenger seat.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Agape Joanna Yeahhh!!! I love that SHO! Common let's car race! Ahahaha!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Agape Joanna Whoooah! Surely, my husband and father in law would love that 365hp!!! Ahahaha! Ecoboost for Ford Trucks is a great engineering too!!!! Highly efficient vehicles!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stephanie Weaver Yes, FORD is the brand and Carl is the man!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gloria Jean Moore YES
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Mesick great video, maybe Carl should have taken that car to Martinsville.....lol
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert W Can I be next lol. One of my best friends bought an SHO the first year it came out. Awesome car then and awesome car now. #wantone
2 year(s) ago via
Brodie Mack Depends, does the new Taurus have decent leg and head room? I'm 6' 5" and fairly big so If it does then sign my up.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Russ Schuckert You Bet!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ronald Cleveland Tell me where and when!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jake Thomas Only to the reopening of the MN plant :-)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jo Beadling When can we go?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael DiCenzo Id rather ride with him in a real stock car...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andy Januse Sign me up!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stu Pidasseaux Absophuckinlutely!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mary Frend Yes, indeed!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Linda Watson Yes....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sandy Sutherland Yes. Carl is the man.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shannon Stephens Chambers YESSSSS!!!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Deb Bertsch Watson I would love too!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brad Creamer Yes! Would carl take a ride with me in my grand marquis? Lol
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Daniel Astmann yaaaaaaa!! :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joe Stout Absolutely!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ryan Bonner yes I would!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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