It’s been nearly 17 years since the first Mercedes M-Class SUV made its debut in the movie “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” The successful 1998 sequel featured the first Alabama-made SUV as an off-road, war-type vehicle designed and modified to protect its passengers from rampaging genetically engineered dinosaurs. Thankfully, this is not something most drivers of the luxury car have to contend with on I-65.
But since it’s debut on-screen in 1998 and with the recent announcement that the newly redesigned and named GLE Class SUV will once again maneuver through a dinosaur-infested jungle in “Jurassic World,” the SUV, has found a surprisingly robust role behind the screen. That of a camera crane chase car.
Basically, filmmakers will take the SUV, mount a moveable, stabilized camera to the car, and then drive like crazy getting amazing shots of intense driving action. The result is amazing camera angles that are only possible by using a system like this.
One such company that has adopted the Alabama-made SUV is Pursuit Systems, Inc. in California. Below is a video featuring the Mercedes M-Class SUV.
So the next time you see a car chase or a car commercial, or are chased by dinosaurs on your daily commute, chances are there is a “Made in Alabama” Mercedes SUV close behind.