After 12 years of arduous work, the Ford Craiova factory has made over one million vehicles. The Blue Oval could throw a massive party and bring all its employees together to celebrate, but the company did the next best thing. They got a cake and placed it in the factory, so it could be enjoyed the next day.
Well, it appears that Adrien Fourmaux, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver, along with the Chrome Productions crew, had different plans. The M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1 was called into action, and it “gatecrashed” the party, as Ford explained. It was all a stunt to mark the occasion, but it still is impressive.
Naturally, you can watch the embedded video below, but before you do, we will have you know that it took the production crew three days to film the entire thing, and the crew and cast required almost 40 people.
For a short film with just a single line, that may seem like a lot, but the Blue Oval cannot stop production for a few hours just to film a promotional video, which is why several days were needed, and filming was fragmented.
According to the automaker, every person you see in the video below is a Ford employee, and there are many “Easter Eggs” concealed in the clip. There is no prize if you manage to spot them all, but that should not stop anyone.
The M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1 is the first electrified competition vehicle in the history of the American brand. It comes with a next-generation hybrid powertrain that includes a 100-kWh (ca. 134 horsepower) electric motor and a turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine. The EcoBoost motor's grunt gets a boost from the hybrid system, which is energized by a 3.9 kWh battery.
The entire hybrid system of the Ford Puma Rally1 weighs 95 kilograms (ca. 209 lbs.), and it is both liquid and air-cooled. To prevent any unfortunate events, the battery is enclosed in a ballistic-strength casing that is meant to help it resist impact from debris and even g-forces in the event of an accident.