Since Ford Performance is looking to introduce no less than 12 high-performance hotties until the turn of the decade, it’s good they’re planning in advance – letting people know where the “beasts” should be taken.
Ford of Europe has thus prepared a new video series titled “Europe’s Greatest Driving Roads” alongside BP/ Castro – which brings not only very famous scenery drives, but also little-known gems. Since we’re dealing with a serious company based out of Germany, the roads have been classified by thrill factor, road surface, accessibility, hospitality, scenery, and food and drink – with researchers covering 15,000 kilometres in 12 months. And since they also needed a resounding name as the front man (don’t worry, it’s not Chris Evans), renowned motoring journalist Steve Sutcliffe was tasked to play with performance cars including Ford Mustang GT, Focus RS and Fiesta ST for the film series – travelling to the United Kingdom, France, germany, Spain and Romania.
The first route takes us to a 330 kilometers long, more than 100 hairpin corners, incredible view road – with a breath-taking pass overlooked by “Dracula’s castle” in Romania – the Transfagarasan Highway. Tasked to work with Ford and BP/Castrol, Sutcliffe – a veteran of more than 750 car launches across 42 countries – lent his experience over the six videos by exploring each road and delivering historic and cultural insights for every location.
“It’s amazing some of the roads that didn’t actually make the list – but we weren’t just looking for twisty runs to please the petrol heads. We scored each route for thrills, quality of road surface, accessibility, hospitality, scenery, and food and drink,” said Sutcliffe, a former racing driver. He fiddled for the series with the new Focus RS, Mustang 5.0 V8 GT, Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost, Focus ST, Focus ST diesel and Fiesta ST.