The 2017 Ford GT is a Labor of Love and Late Hours
Imagine Ford brought you on to help develop the next F-150. You’d be psyched, right? Out of sheer excitement and gratitude, you’d be willing to work on it all the time.
Those are the kinds of hours Ford GT Engineering Supervisor Nick Terzes and the other people working on the 2017 Ford GT are keeping: all of them. In the following video, Terzes and his crew are in a wind tunnel facility testing the aerodynamics of a GT prototype at 2 a.m. on a Monday.
They shoot air at it at 125 mph to test how loud the interior noise levels get and how the various aero elements on the exterior of the car, such as the articulating rear wing, react to and manage the wind. Terzes says, “One of the great things about this car, as dynamic and beautiful as the design is, every single opening has a purpose on the car. So If you see a large grille, if you see a scoop, it’s wasn’t just put there to look good. It was put there because it has a function.”
It’s not hard to imagine why Terzes and his colleagues work such odd schedules. Yes, they’re doing their jobs, but they’re also directly contributing to the construction and betterment of an American supercar that’s meant to take on Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Great things take time – no matter what part of the day or night it comes from. Let’s hope the sleep Terzes and his gang have missed out on ends up being worth the sacrifice.
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