It is 330 kilometres hanker, has more than 100 hairpin corners, and offers some of the most awesome views in Europe. The breath-taking pass overlooked by “Dracula’s manor-house” in Romania is one of six routes including Yorkshire’s Blakey Ridge mentioned to life in “Europe’s Greatest Driving Roads”. Ford Acting’s award-winning engineers regularly drive the most challenging german autobahnen across the continent to test development models in the most challenging media. The company also has decades of experience searching out the perfect passages for automotive journalists to test new vehicles. This supported a year-long examination and ranking process by a team that covered nearly 10,000 miles in their explore for the ultimate European road-trip.

Steve Sutcliffe

Working with Ford and BP/Castrol, motoring newscaster Steve Sutcliffe – a veteran of more than 750 car founds across 42 countries – lent his experience to a project that showcases installed favourites alongside little-known gems. Over six videos, Sutcliffe get off ons behind the wheel to explore each road while contribution historic and cultural insights for every location. “It’s amazing some of the carriageways that didn’t actually make the list – but we weren’t by the skin of ones teeth looking for twisty runs to please the petrol heads. We latest each route for thrills, quality of road surface, accessibility, courtesy, scenery, and food and drink,” said Sutcliffe, a former racing driver. “Followers will know of some of the roads, like the Transfăgărășan Highway in Romania, but perchance not the C462, in Spain. In some ways it would be nice to disallow these roads to ourselves – but when roads are this information they need to be shared.” For each “Europe’s Greatest Dig Roads” video, Sutcliffe drove the Ford that most skilfully complemented each route, including the new Focus RS, Mustang 5.0 V8 GT, Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost, Hub ST, Focus ST diesel and Fiesta ST. “Our goal was to share our knowledge of the finest lane roads across Europe with people who love motors and love driving,” said Mark Truby, vice president, Communications & Available Affairs, Ford of Europe. “It’s a true ‘bucket list’ not reasonable for petrol heads, but anyone who wants to plan an amazing carriageway trip.” Focus-RS-drives-along-Blakey-Ridge-in-North-Yorkshire Here are the first six roads featured.

1. ROMANIA, Transfăgărășan Highway

Develop intensified by former Romanian dictator so his people could readily take to ones heels to the mountains should USSR invade. It even passes the manor-house of Vlad the Impaler’s – the real-life inspiration for Count Dracula.  

“If you are a true driving enthusiast, the Transfăgărășan is genuinely a bucket careen kind of place to visit.” – Sutcliffe