Having over 330 hp has its benefits.
The new 2019 Ford Edge ST is the latest to join Pursuit Systems’ fleet of company cars modified to film high-speed Hollywood chase scenes. Pursuit Systems, as you’ve probably already guessed, is a camera car company who has one major client: Hollywood. And because car chase scenes are not easy to film technically, the right type of vehicles need to be utilized. This is where the Edge ST can help.
Ford and Pursuit Systems worked together to modify one Edge ST with a nearly 1,000-pound Pursuit Arm, basically a huge crane attached to its roof. All of that extra weight on top required some structural enhancements for the crossover because, obviously, who would want the roof to cave in suddenly?
A roll cage and four-wheel air suspension system were added and the Edge ST’s twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 was also retuned. Interestingly, Ford has not announced a total power output, but we’re pretty sure it exceeds the stock Edge ST’s already impressive 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Additional modifications include a stripped-out interior, wiring for the interior’s video monitors, and a matte black exterior wrap so it doesn’t reflect in other vehicles.
But still, the Edge ST makes for a strong and less expensive case against other high-performance SUV crossovers, such as the BMW X5 M. Given the amount of time Ford Performance invested in making the Edge a true performance machine, we’re not at all surprised the Edge ST has been chosen for high-speed chase duty.
“We’ve never done anything like this before with an SUV because there’s never been an SUV like Edge ST in our showroom,” said Mark Grueber, Ford SUV marketing manager. “It has the performance chops and utility to keep up with fast-paced moviemaking.”