Just because they designed it doesn’t necessarily mean they can handle it. This is what engineers found out during Ford’s “Rocket Science” series of short videos, which Ford began releasing on April 2nd.
Ford tortured nine of its top engineers by strapping them into a 2013 Taurus SHO with NASCAR driver Carl Edwards for what they thought would be a typical test drive. Unfortunately for these engineers, it was anything but typical, as Edwards decided to push this high-performance sedan about as far as it would go.
You can definitely see the fear in some of the engineers’ eyes, as they attempt to talk about the features of this new Taurus while drifting sideways and eclipsing 100 mph. Some of them manage to remain calm, but others you can just see wondering if they’re going to make it back to the office.
By far the best two videos so far are the first and the third ones, as both of those engineers get legitimately scared. The other two are well worth watching too, as those two engineers just keep on talking like they were on a leisurely Sunday drive with grandma, for the majority of the ride.
We have to admit, the Taurus has definitely come a long way since its debut and is now a legitimate performance machine. Now, if only we could get our hands on one and a little track time, we think we could scare the engineers a little more than Carl did.
So far we only have four of the nine episodes to show, but we will continue adding more episodes as Ford posts them. Certainly Ford is planning to save the best ones for last.
Hit the jump to view the rest of the videos.
Carl Edwards received a three race probation as his punishment for the intentional wreck he caused at the Kobalt Tools 500 last Sunday. The probation will cover the races at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Phoenix International Raceway. This decision comes after NASCAR’s statement back in January about wanting to loosen the grip they had on the drivers by letting them police themselves.
"We’re promoting typical NASCAR driving, side-by-side racing with our type of race cars; and that’s what we talked about back in January," Helton said "A lot of that came from the conversation of NASCAR taking stock of its rules and regulations to back away from the grip we may have on drivers that caused the driver to pull up to a car and say, ’Well, I think I can get around him, but maybe I can’t. And if I hit him, I don’t want to pay the price for what that costs.’
"So we were telling the drivers and telling the public that we told the drivers that we were going to back off on that grip we had. But there is a line you can cross. When you cross that line in our opinion, we’re going to get involved with you."
Although some claim that this punishment is just what the racing doctor ordered, others say that Edwards got off too easy and should have further consequences to his actions. Drivers such as Carl Long, Robby Gordon, and Kevin Harwick, who have had their share of infractions with NASCAR state they feel NASCAR was too easy on Edwards.
Want to know what some NASCAR drivers think of the decision? Follow the jump for their comments plus the full story.
Jeff Burton wrapped up the Busch Series car owner’s championship in style Saturday night, winning the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to give Richard Childress his 11th NASCAR title.
Burton, who shared the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Scott Wimmer this season, took control late in the race after a series of green-flag pit stops and pulled away to the win while runner-up Mark Martin and series points champion Carl Edwards battled behind him.
As Burton crossed (...)