The Year of the Horse just drew to a close—last week began the Year of the Goat—and Ford figured it was time to celebrate.
No, the Dearborn automaker didn't crank out a special-edition Ford F-150 Billy Goat or whatever. Instead, the company brought a pony car to Inner Mongolia to send off the departing Year of the Horse in the best way possible: With a whole lot of tire smoke.
Yes, with pro drifter and RTR Mustang official hoon Vaughn Gittin, Jr. at the wheel, Ford brought some American V8 revelry to close out the year.
But how did the Blue Oval manage to get those streets looking so utterly desolate, so completely barren?
As it turns out, the production team probably didn't even need to erect a single traffic barrier. Ordos, the city where this video takes place, is nearly entirely abandoned. Built during a lurid real-estate development boom in China, the huge construction projects that mark the sprawling city were largely left incomplete once the money dried up. Today, a mere two percent of the housing built in the city is occupied, earning Ordos the eerie distinction of being China's most recognizable "ghost city."
You can see just how desolate this ultra-modern and enormously spacious city really is .
Of course, the first thing that comes to our minds when we see abandoned five-lane thoroughfares is tire-shredding insanity. Thankfully, Ford saw the same opportunity. The Year of the Horse may be over, but the pony car's reign is eternal.