Saturday, July 30, 2011
Boys' Day Out
One of the advantages of living in a country like UAE, apart from its weather (oh you know it's not true) and especially in a region which is filled with love for cars and if you happen to be, whatever they call, a car enthusiast then rest assure the fact that you won't be disappointed. All you have to do is click 'Like' on Facebook of cars and automobile industry pages, mostly the local ones and keep an eye on the events on the internet, or better still, acquaint a friend that happens to cover up all these events, we call them 'motoring journalists'. One can safely bet on joining various motoring related pages on Facebook which would be more than enough.
The event or rather roadshow "Can a Car?" Drive kicked off on 28th of July, 2011, Thursday and lasted till Saturday evening. The Roadshow was organized by the Ford Company, giving a chance to it's potential customers in UAE a glimpse of some of their new entrants in to the market. Apart from that, it was also an event to let the car enthusiasts in UAE to drive some of their cars in the line up. The major attraction for people definitely would had been the new Ford Mustang GT 2011 that was given to participants to drive around an impressive race track at the Dubai Autodrome. There were two variants of the Mustang GT fire-breathing monster - one with a hard top and the other with a soft top - but both of them were, in essence, the same 5.0 liter V8, churning out no less than 410bhp.
Looking at the images, it must be said that a minor facelift did not botch the looks of the car and with more than enough power underneath the bonnet, one wouldn't be put off by that either.
The the event started with the registration of the usual details of the participants with the pretty attendant ladies and thereafter the course organisers from the Ford took the group that was eventually formed during the period, which normally consisted from four to six people.
We were asked to sit in one of the cars, that were either Ford Mustang 2011 or the new entrant in to the market, Ford Edge Sport 2012. The Mustang drivers were led by a Ford driver in the old Ford Edge, while the convoy of Edge Sport was led by Ford driver in a Ford Fusion around the Dubai Autodrome's race-track.
The drive around the circuit was in a way to give the drivers, that is us, the chance to experience the performance, ride quality and the overall feel of the car. The Mustangs and the Edge Sport followed obediently behind their respective leads cars around the circuit, at a speed limit of 140km/h (dictated by Autodrome). The drivers in the lead cars were constantly in our ears, through the walkie-talkies placed in our cars, with their instructions and directions. On the final straight a task was given to each of the driver in the 2 cars to overtake the one ahead of him/her. Both the drivers in the 2 cars would get the chance to overtake their fellow participant as they drive around the track for 2 laps. This was extremely exciting to do in the Mustang, because the driver got the opportunity to mash his/her foot deep into the carpet and listen to that spine-tingling noise of a V8 roaring, add to that the sensation of the shift down and the car lunging forward like an excited Mustang should. The Mustang's drive was a wee bit more comfortable than the drive in the Edge, which was noticeably harder and, in real life, would be uncomfortable also. However, the Edge Sport variant had a bigger engine than its predecessors – Ford Edge, which is still being made brand new that has a 3.5 liter V6 engine. This Edge Sport has a 3.7 liter V6 engine and nearly 310bhp. The looks were nice as well, predicting them to be very popular among the young drivers as opposed to the normal Edge which was a school-run-about for mums.
After the drive around the circuit in Mustangs and Edge Sports, we were summoned to the Ford's off-road expert, who apparently didn't had a clue how the rear air-con worked in the new Explorer but he certainly had all the basis covered in the off-roading department. He took us around the off-road course that happens to be just inside Dubai Autodrome in the all-new, striking than the outgone, Ford Explorer 2011.