Modern Ranger Drifting in the Swiss Snow: Freaky Ford Friday

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Sideways fun in the snow with a late model Ford Ranger Wildtrak captured from a selfie stick.

This week’s Freaky Friday comes to us from the FreerideHellDriver YouTube channel and it features a late model Ford Ranger Wildtrak frolicking in the snow at Gurnigel Pass in Switzerland. It is cool footage of what has become the new American Ranger, but what makes this video unique is how it is captured. What looks at first to be drone footage actually appears to be some sort of super wide angle camera on a selfie stick, creating the illusion that the video is being recorded from someone standing back away from the truck when it actually the driver doing the filming.

The Truck

The star of this video is a European Ford Ranger Wildtrak from the latest generation. This is similar to the new midsized truck being sold in the United States, but this Ranger is powered by the 3.2-liter turbo diesel that is not offered in North America. It has stock Wildtrak wheels and mild-looking tires that could be stock, but it looks to sit a bit higher than stock and it has a handful of bolt-on accessories including the light bar up front.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak Snow

In short, this is a pretty average European Ford Ranger, but it still drifts in the snow like a trophy truck.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak Rear Drift Snow

Unique View

The video begins with a gentleman speaking in a language that we do not speak, but after a quick walk-around, the drifting fun begins. At first, the action is captured by a camera, but we then watch from what appears to be a drone, as the camera is in a location that couldn’t be captured by someone, unless they had just been hit by the truck.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak Snow Drift Wide

As the drifting fun continues, you will notice that the driver has an arm hanging out of the window and if you look carefully, you will occasionally see an odd shadow extending from his hand to the camera. It appears that this is a camera on a selfie stick that either edits out the stick, or a program has been used to remove the stick. As a result, we get a close-up, bird’s-eye view of the snow drifting fun with the Ranger driver doing the filming.

Ranger Camera Stick

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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