How Concept Cars Get Made, Starring the Ford Edge

Ford Edge Concept

Concept cars. They are the physical manifestation of gear head dreams and desires. Often, they’re pure fiction– even the concepts like the Mini Rocketman that bear a passing resemblance to some future production model are rarely “runners”. When they are, they almost never exceed 30 MPH- they’re simply too expensive, too detailed, and too delicate for reality. These concept cars are, in almost every sense, then, automotive art … but how are these hand-crafted jaw-droppers made?

I’m glad you asked!

The car you see above is a concept version of the next Ford Edge crossover/wagon. If/when this Edge finally arrives as a production car, it’s likely to have a lot in common, mechanically, with the Ecoboost-powered Lincoln MKC. The concept, though, isn’t going to share any sheet metal with the final version- but don’t take my word for it. Over at industrial design blog Core 77, Ford Design Manager Kevin George explained the ins and outs of how concept cars are made in a fantastic one-on-one interview. Head on over there to check it out, or just peruse the photos, below, and see if you can figure it out on your own.


Source | Photos: Core-77.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.