What happens when you bring together one of the world’s most exciting new sports – and some of its most thrilling cars? The answer is our new video – “Dronekhana” Two of the planet’s best drone pilots tackle a unique obstacle course that includes a drifting Focus RS performance hatchback, a smoking Ford Mustang, and a robot. Pilots Luke Bannister and Brett Collis navigate their drones remotely with the help of special goggles, which provide a first-person view as they fly under a Ranger pickup and through a B-MAX car. A rig of 36 GoPro cameras captured the drones mid-action in a style made famous by the 1999 film The Matrix. “It’s basically like stepping into the cockpit. It was a tough course and we had some mishaps – but at least the Mustang’s all right, that’s all that matters,” said 16-year-old World Drone Prix champion Luke Bannister who took on the course with Tornado XBlades team mate and fellow Brit, Brett Collis, 22. * Named in tribute to the YouTube phenomenon Gymkhana, starring Focus RS consultant Ken Block, “Dronekhana” was filmed at Ford’s European headquarters in Cologne, Germany, the city which this week hosts Gamescom Europe’s biggest interactive games trade fair. It follows previous “Snowkhana” videos that have become a festive Ford tradition.
At Ford, the design of every new car starts with a series of questions: who will drive this vehicle, and where do they want it to take them? Will they use it to bring their family to the beach, or to haul lumber to the worksite? Are they looking for something sleek and fun, or powerful and bold? Whether in Melbourne, Dearborn or Cologne, designers at Ford take these answers and shape them into the Ford vehicles that drivers around the world know and love. But how does this process take place? It begins with a humble pencil and paper, turning concepts for new vehicles into two-dimensional sketches. Once designers have captured the spirit of a new vehicle, they bring their sketches into the digital world. As the exterior is further refined, Ford designers and clay sculptors work together to fine-tune key design elements, such as body lines, using a complex language of tape to explore the elements of a vehicle’s bodywork and put the final touches to the vehicle’s styling. (Learn more here.) The creative process then enters the virtual world. Ford designers and engineers create renderings of new vehicles in state-of-the-art Ford immersive Vehicle Environment (FiVE) labs, using augmented reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift to explore every aspect of a new vehicle’s design in virtual reality….