Today marks 20 years since Ford first announced its Special Vehicle Team, most famously known as SVT. With performance mastermind John Coletti at the helm, SVT produced some legendary cars during its first 10 years, beginning with the 1993 SVT Cobra (and its even more hardcore sibling the SVT Cobra R), as well as the 2003 F-150 SVT Lightning. Since then we've had numerous updates to each, most notably the SVT Cobra of 2003-2004 lovingly referred to by Mustang fans as the "Terminator," plus new m
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Fans of Ford's American SVT and European ST and RS models will have plenty to look forward to in the next few years. As part of the company's One Ford program to consolidate its platforms and designs, SVT and TeamRS have been brought together under a single organization led by Jost Capito. Earlier this week, we sat down for lunch with Jamal Hameedi and Hermann Salenbauch to discuss what is going on and what we can expect to see in the next few years. Hameedi is the Chief Nameplate Engineer at SV
Although Ford has never officially said it will be severing its performance arm, insiders have hinted that it was experiencing atrophy after having its lineup pared down to just one vehicle – the Shelby GT500. Not so, says Hau Thai-Tang, Master Chief for an army of 60 engineers currently dedicated to developing SVT products.
StangsUnleashed is reporting that Ford has told its dealers that SVT will produce 9,000 Shelby GT500 Mustangs, which is well above the anticipated 7,500 - 8,000 units we were expecting. Ford is on track with its timetable for production, so the GT500s are expect to reach dealers by the end of June. While Ford will wait until the last week of May to announce MSRP for the coupe and convertible, the GT500's marketing manager reportedly said it will be the only 500+ horsepower car in the world avail