The secret bunker.
The secret bunker.
How the new Ford GT was built by a handful of people in a darkroom at the heart of the American brand.
Because the essence of success stories unexpected auto world focuses on people who invented the diamond when and where nobody see them possible or probable. And these people have shook the world. Since the advent of the bomb Ford Mustang Volkswagen Beetle in the 60s, from the sensational BMW M1's explosion Lancia Delta. Whether it's between us-what good would that Delta explode once longer and save an Italian brand that today seems doomed!
Finally, even Dacia Logan - or the concept behind Dacia stark - part of the same scenario: a story begins a brilliant idea arose when others were busy bătătorească same paths. The key word: courage. The courage to try something new or, as said Steve Jobs, the courage to be the one trying to change the world. Little by little.
Today's story takes place in a basement in Dearborn, Michigan, USA. It seems the beginning of a family business or story stock reached a rock band that performed at the stage of hope in a dark club to the superstar on the international scene. But it away.
It's almost unbelievable that in the current era, the online connection brings people instantly and turns intimacy within that exists only in dictionaries, a team of 12 people working in the design office of a major car manufacturer can work in secret a design that does not know anyone.
Office of Research and Development Ford of Michigan is across from the Henry Ford Museum, "one of the biggest attractions of America", as written on the fence surrounding the history of the brand bearing the name of a man who signs meant just a fad. It's a building with no floors, but with a right-left corridor that winds long enough, if you're not focused in space, simply get lost.
Skip besides hundreds of paintings hung on walls and gathers the most beautiful car designed by Ford near Detroit. And besides dozens of locked doors modern, combination or card reader, which house the offices of the American brand secrets: Design, Modeling, autonomous vehicle systems research, concept development, interior materials and so on.
One look through a cracked door and probably you eye to eye with a future Fiesta. Or any SUV waiting to be approved. Or future interior of cars would drive themselves. Overall, automakers are working today to what you see on the streets over 3-4-5 years. "The cars of today are history for us," he told me some time ago a designer.
People living in the past and future alike.
10 minutes into the march, and opens a door. Behind her is not, however, no room, drawing no secret, no outline of the future. They're winding metal stairs that go down to the basement. After a few steps you wake up confused in the middle of another corridor, this time much less "friendly". Huge metal shelves left and right, empty and full cans thrown on shelves, molds used in the construction a few years ago who knows whose concept and generally a warehouse atmosphere. You sound like self-service area at Ikea, where you fill carts with furniture packed into boxes and flat cardboard which is cream colored omniprezentă.După dozens meter slalom through the boxes, get next to a metal door with paint here and there decrepit that seems forgotten by the world. On her left and right, a bunch of already shaped cubic meters of polystyrene or raw, as was luck. This door does not have key card access or sensors, but a normal lock with a key as normal.
The door behind which a handful of people in 2015 produced a car that took the auto industry not only surprise but also Ford bosses themselves. Project Phoenix, as they called coded those involved in them. The new Ford GT, fabulous modern version of a machine version of competition on the knee bent by Ferrari in the 60 Le Mans 24h races as well. People have raised. The first step was to study the team's Ford GT40 line, which appeared on the market in 1964 with the clear aim to fight with Ferrari at Le Mans, Nurburgring and Indianapolis. The study was so serious that the engine selection, for example, was a secondary criterion in relation to aerodynamics. That's because - imagined designers and engineers of small team - the new car was to follow in the footsteps of the first GT and participate in the competition version of the toughest endurance races of this. Target: Le Mans.
Being a car developed with the aim of competing in endurance racing version of Ford GT road will be one of the most aggressive cars on the market. It will look like in photos and fix the version proposed by Ford at its own booth at the Salon in Detroit this year. What is very interesting is that today there are secret room in Dearborn three scale models 1: 1 Ford GT's. He placed one behind the other, they practically developments attest to stage car lines clay replica at replica inoperative and then the functional replica of aluminum.