Oh, you don't say.
Ford is working on a successor to the GT, the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 550-hp supercar that the company built from 2005 to 2006. Or at least thatâ€™s the vibe I got from Derrick Kuzak, head of global product development, during the Detroit auto show earlier this week.
The revelation came at an intimate dinner with Kuzak, Ford president and CEO Alan Mulally, chief technology officer Paul Mascarenas, and about a dozen journalists. We had entered the lightning round of Mulallyâ€™s rigid Q&A format, meaning short questions and short answers.
My question: â€śIs Ford interested in a successor to the GT?â€ť
Long pause. But it was clear that Kuzak, with pursed lips and unmoving eyes, was carefully looking for the right response. Mulally stepped in, but not with a serious answer. He regularly reminds the enthusiast media that heâ€™s not a car guy.
â€śAll I know is, if the ground is wet, they donâ€™t let me drive it,â€ť cracked the always-cheery CEO. â€śThat vehicle levitates.â€ť
â€śWell I think there are certain things that we donâ€™t want to talk about in terms of four-year product plans, if thatâ€™s okay,â€ť Kuzak carefully stated.
And with that, the group moved on to the next question. So itâ€™s not a confirmation, but itâ€™s not a denial either, and that gives me some serious hope that weâ€™ll see a GT successor in the not-too-distant future. It would have been easy enough for Kuzak or Mulally to dismiss a low-volume, high-dollar performance car as too expensive for the company, too expensive for the consumer, or inappropriate for the political and social climate. But no one said anything like that.