Ford Escape Takes to the Skies: Freaky-Ford Friday

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Compact Ford Escape flies further than all of the vehicles this channel has launched into the air.

This week’s “Freaky-Ford Friday” video comes to us from the Mark Freeman #408 YouTube channel and it features a Ford Escape being jumped to death. Freeman is a “Rockstar Energy Athlete” and he makes a ton of YouTube videos doing zany things on all sorts of different vehicles. While there is plenty of high performance fun on motorcycles and ATVs, Freeman and his crew like to take nearly-dead vehicles and see how high or how far they can jump them.

In the video above, their test subject is a Ford Escape that jumps further than any of their previous vehicles, but it pays the price.

Jumping Trash Vehicles

As mentioned above, Freeman’s YouTube channel acquires lots of vehicles that are ready to be parted-out with the intention of destroying them on camera. Some vehicles are used for mudding, others for tug-o-war and others, like this Ford Escape, don’t run well enough to do anything but race down a hill and fly through the air before meeting a violent demise.

Ford Escape Jump Start

In the case of this Ford Escape, the team purchased it online and found that it wasn’t long for this world, so they took it to the top of the hill and let it spread its wings one final time.

Ford Escape Jump In Air

Soaring SUV

The area that Freeman uses to jump cars has a downhill area with plenty of run-up to a dirt jump, along with a landing area comprised of aa second hill that is about as large as the jump itself. This setup prevents the vehicles from traveling very far after their jump, with most of them landing short of that smaller hill or landing on the “face” of the hill.

Ford Escape Jump Landing

In the case of this Escape, it jumped further than any other vehicle that Freeman has acquired, landing on the top of the second hill and tumbling end-over-end down the other side. The compact Ford definitely jumped further than any other vehicle and it appears to have gotten higher in the air as well, but it also took the worst beating of any of the vehicles featured on Freeman’s channel.

Ford Escape Jump Final

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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