Making Mustang History

Making Mustang History

Posted at Wed, Jan 3, 2024 2:15 PM

Video Transcript:

Jim Farley: "Can we take what we're really good at, like a Mustang, and we do the unthinkable and take on the Europeans punch for punch at what they've been doing for decades as an underdog?"

Larry Holt: "Ford's really going to make a road-going version of that GT3 race car."

Mark Rushbrook: "It takes it to the best supercars in the world."

Larry Holt: "How far can we push what's under the skin of this car?"

Omar Oden: "This is a track monster."

Mark Rushbrook: "It'll make their jaws drop."

Jim Baumbick: "All of that technology focused to go like hell."

Larry Holt: "We were working with Ford Performance on a GT3 version of the new Generation 7 Mustang. We got 15% into that project. Jim Farley took a look at it. He goes, we need a road version of that."

Jim Farley: "The vision for this is totally different than any high-performance Mustangs we had. All the latest racing technology from our race car, but actually on the street."

Jim Baumbick: "We've never left anything on the track. We've applied it to the street vehicle to develop what we think is the ultimate Mustang."

Jim Farley: "Now I get to see a talented, small challenger team bring it to life."

Anthony Colard: "The studio kind of work like a skunk works office. We're off the grid."

Greg Goodall: "We looked for the best of the best, and if you look at the engineers at Ford and at Multimatic, they're elite, topnotch, best in the world."

Jim Baumbick: "We've engineered this vehicle 100% from the inside out."

Anthony Colard: "It's really formed for its function."

Mark Rushbrook: "It's got the power, it's got lightweighting, it's got big brakes, it's got big aerodynamics. This car performs."

Larry Holt: "We did some radical things. It's got inboard suspension, like a lot of prototype race cars. You press a button, and in 10 seconds, you got a completely different characteristic on the car."

Omar Oden: "We've practically replaced everything on the vehicle with carbon fiber to allow for lightweighting."

Larry Holt: "It's got active arrow, but we got some trick controls behind it."

Omar Oden: "We have a titanium exhaust, the carbon ceramic brakes."

Greg Goodall: "The vehicle also features magnesium wheels that are quite lightweight but are very durable for track applications."

Larry Holt: "We put a transaxle in the back. A transaxle is what race cars have."

Anthony Colard: "Because we moved the gearbox to the rear end, the weight balance of the car is a great 50/50."

Larry Holt: "Was that an easy thing to do in a car that was never designed ever to? It was a smoke and heart problem to solve."

Mark Rushbrook: "It's not a cosmetic package. Every component, every system was thought through, engineered."

Larry Holt: "You put all those building blocks together, you come out with a car that you know is going to be competitive in that space."

Mark Rushbrook: "It's not just strong in one area. It's an all around athlete."

Omar Oden: "I mean, this product is a technological tour de force."

Larry Holt: "People will be just massively surprised and blown away by what Ford actually went and did there."

Greg Goodall: "Mustang GTD is coming. This is a halo for the entire company."

Mark Rushbrook: "There's something special about this car. It's not just taking it to the next level. It's taking it up several levels."

Jim Baumbick: "This was the Mustang that we always dreamed about building. There's a lot of brands that compete for a special small group of people, but the Mustang is for everyone."

Jim Farley: "I always promised myself that I would push my team to do things that were unnatural in the name of producing something that's really special. That's why I care so deeply about this car because it's been in my head for five decades. I want to see Porsche, I want to see Aston Martin, I want to see Mercedes sweat."

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