After the near collapse of America’s ‘Big Three’ auto manufacturers following decades of crappy products, poor investment and safety cover-ups, Ford have progressed rather well. Their ‘One Ford’ programme is central to the company’s recovery, and it aims to create cars that are suitable for multiple markets, in doing so leveraging greater economies of scale and utilising Ford’s breadth of expertise around the world.
The results are that America gets down-sized turbo engines and the Focus and Fiesta from Europe (a Good Thing), and here in Europe we get the South American Ecosport crossover (Not a Good Thing), the new Europe-friendly Mustang (a Very Good Thing) and – in the last few weeks – this; the large American-developed Edge SUV.
The jury is still out on whether this is a Good Thing or not, as although the European Edge comes with EU-friendly turbo-diesels, it’s a bit big and a bit soft to appeal to European reviewers. Still, they’re largely numpties anyway because no-one wants to throw a car round a corner at 60mph if it has two kids and a labrador in the back, yet this seems to be a priority for every automotive journalist.
Anyhoo, what we are certain of is that this Technic recreation of Ford’s latest offensive into the European SUV market is absolutely brilliant. Built by Flickr’s chumuhou it features a full remote control drivetrain with two L Motors powering all four wheels, Servo steering, all-wheel independent suspension, opening doors, hood and trunk, and a beautifully realistic interior. There’s lots more to see at chumuhou’s Flickr photostream – click the link above to make the jump to check it out.