New Ford Ranger demonstrates real pulling power

The new Ford Ranger's pulling power.

The new Ford Ranger's pulling power.

Summer drivers might have to wait patiently behind one or two caravans before they can overtake, but 15 in a row – all pulled by a single vehicle?

Don’t worry. It’s not a situation motorists are likely to encounter any time soon. The caravan of caravans was created by Ford for a new film that demonstrates the remarkable pulling power of the new Ranger pick-up.

The film (watch it at:
) shows the Ranger effortlessly towing its 20-tonne convoy when the driver notices a car behind, anxious to overtake, and waves the other driver past. It is only then the number of caravans becomes apparent.

A month in the making and shot on location at Millbrook Proving Ground in Britain, the film required the caravans to be reinforced with steel frames and equipped with tow bars front and back.

Precision driver Paul Swift, who was behind the wheel of the Ranger, said it was the slowest stunt he had ever done, but also one of the hardest.

"Trying to keep the caravans on the straight and narrow while the car drove past was a tough challenge, and one that really demonstrates the Ranger’s capabilities.”

Ford told us that all track activities were filmed on a closed circuit and monitored by its safety experts.

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