You’re probably fully aware that those tracking shots you see of cars the world over are obtained in often dubiously legal circumstances. I’m the first to admit that I’ve had some grovelling conversations with The Law on occasion, generally managing to use humility and charm to wing it, while The Officer probably struggles to find the right box to tick on his List Of Offences. But the guys over at Car Enthusiast just gave us the heads up on this great looking camera tracking car built by Ford Europe which should keep us all legal and happy.
Based upon a Focus ST 5 door wagon, the tailgate is completely gone, removing those annoying of things, the shadow in the shot and the blow to the back of the head due to weak tailgate dampers. A plastic seat resembling something from a fetish dungeon is in place of the spare wheel, with a very solid looking mount based upon the tow bar mount that should give some solid tracking shots for video. A machined mount just ahead of the passenger wing mirror provides a second video mount and the rear seats have been removed completely, giving the photographer peace of mind that he hasn’t had to leave half of his gear hidden in a hedgerow for him to climb into the trunk.
Downsides? The ST suspension will probably not be greatest at low speeds and over bumpy surface and seat doesn’t allow any movement once you’re installed, so that killer low viewpoint shot with the camera body skimming the tarmac won’t be possible. I love the idea of the open tailgate area and additional mounts. The thing that would make it a killer car for me would be a multitude of tie down mounts that will enable me to clip my fall-arrest harness to, giving both security and freedom at the same time. Oh, and a bumper height front mount would be cool too.
If you shoot tracking shots yourself, what would be the spec of your perfect Camera Car? I can see a ‘Build Thread’ starting here already.
EDIT – Kyle Fortune just emailed to say Ford make a second seat fitting – one that elevates. Can’t help but think I’ll keep my head down and strap in on a bungee….
Images via Kyle Fortune / Car Enthusiast