• Mar 30th 2007 at 5:26PM
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The future of Ford's Special Vehicle Team has been cloudy for the past few years. The hope that it would remain around in some form or another took a hit when its current chief, Hau Thai-Tang, was tapped to head Ford of Brazil earlier this year. Nevertheless, SVT indeed soldiers on and today we have proof that they're hard at work on a new project.
Winding Road managed to corner Jamal Hameedi, Chief Nameplate Engineer at SVT, at a Ford event in Detroit this morning. Hameedi revealed to WR that nearly all of SVT's resources are busy developing a new truck, and by "truck" he means a "body-on-frame" vehicle. Thus, whether it's a new F-150 Lightning or possibly a different F-Series model, an Explorer, Expedition or Ranger is unkown.

So, no Ford Taurus SHO developed by SVT or SVT Fusion. This kind of makes sense if one considers that the Lightning was supported throughout SVT's reign of terror in the '90s. Hameedi is reportedly extremely excited about the project, saying the finished product "...will blow your mind."

The performance truck world just got two shots of adrenalin in the form of the F-150 Foose Edition that will debut at the New York Auto Show next week and the Saleen S331 Sport Truck. If the new SVT truck will truly blow our minds, the bar is already set pretty high.

[Source: Winding Road]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Chet. SVTs have always been designed to be built on the same assembly lines as the car or truck that it's based on. And out of all of the SVT vehicles, the Lighting has had the fewest "mods". I don't care if the first SVT in awhile is a truck just as long as they start somewhere. I'm looking forward to Ford's Mazda2 based car and I'm hoping that SVT gets to have their way with it.

      Sigh, I still miss my SVT Focus.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree Dezee,
      Ford needs somthing more than just an F-150. Hopefully they can bring back the mustang. I bet that would sell.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really think they are talking about the Sport Trac Adrenaline.

      They were all but to production then stopped just before. Now that things are stabalizing a bit I'd bet that is the next SVT truck.

      It has the 390 HP SC 4V 4.6L from the '03-'04 Cobras, 6 speed auto trans, AWD, IRS, and big brakes. Weighing in at just over 4,000 lbs, it isn't that heavy for a truck so it should still move well.

      All that and room for 5 and probably can tow 5,000 lbs. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      SRT-10 Ram Anybody???
      • 8 Years Ago
      A truck?

      Those precious resources (cash) should be headed to develop a Fiesta/Focus/mid-sized hybrid... anything but a truck.

      We've seen them- Lightning, Adrenaline, only thing left is the Ranger or Escape. No mind blowing there.

      Mulally- wake up chief!! They're wasting cash!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ahem. Your future *hinges on* something. Your future is *hitched to* something. Different words entirely. And "SVT hitches future to new truck" would be a good, clever headline. As it is, the misuse of "hinges" makes the headline embarrassing rather than amusing.

      Yeah, yeah... it's a pet peeve. Sorry.
      • 8 Years Ago
      truck eh...

      I wouldnt mind seeing an all new ranger with that twin turbo v6...
      • 8 Years Ago
      stop bitching and hating, bitch..FORD ROCKS.....what do you drive a fucken toyota prolly a GM crap
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow Mike, it weighs as much as a GT500. That is kind of sad for the Mustang.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just hope that SVT quits making limited numbers of awesome cars and selling themselves short. It needs to be a trim level, not a limited edition.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I drive my foot up your ass. Shit like this vehicle isn't going to help save a badly-flailing company. Ford really needs to focus on other things.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't hate on them big 'ol trucks too much. I've seen a lowered Lightning at an autocross and damn, it's impressive to see that big bastard go around cones like a sportscar.

      I'd like to see more development on the Ranger or it's successor like GM did with the Syclone, hell, I'd like to see GM do something outrageous with the Colorado/Canyon series.

      There's nothing wrong with a truck you can go have fun with and then use it to go move a sofa for your Mom.
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