Special Vehicle Team
|Special Vehicle Team|
|Ford Motor Co. SVT Logo|
Ford Motor Co. SVT Logo
|Type of Organization||Automotive|
|Headquarters||Ford Motor Company|
- See also Special Vehicle Operations
Special Vehicles Team, also known as SVT, is an arm of Ford Motor Company responsible for the development of the company's highest-performance vehicles, much like Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, Chrysler's SRT division and GM's Performance Division. SVT is the successor to the SVO division.
The group mainly produces specially tuned versions of Ford production vehicles such as the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor which is based on the F-150 pickup, and the Shelby GT500, which was based on the Mustang. However, they do occasionally develop models independently of the rest of the company, namely the GT supercar (developed in conjunction with Saleen). SVT was founded in 1993 by John Plant of Ford Marketing, Janine Bay of Ford Mustang Program Management, and Robert Burnham of Ford Truck Program Management. Originally known as Special Vehicle Operations, SVO developed the 1984-1986 2.3 liter turbo-charged 4 cylinder Mustang SVO, as well as marketed performance parts through dealer networks (now known as Ford Racing Performance Parts, or FRPP).
Ford SVT just debuted the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor high-performance off-road truck. The Raptor is the only high-speed off-road performance truck offered by any OEM. Using a completely re-designed chassis, with internal-bypass Fox Racing Shox and specially developed BF Goodrich all-terrain 35" tires, the Raptor is considered an OEM-style "pre-runner." Pre-runners are reconnaissance vehicles used for high-speed testing of off-road race courses before a race.
F-150 SVT Raptor also debuted the all-new 6.2-liter V8 engine. Still under development, Ford expects it to produce 400hp and 400ft-lbs of torque in Raptor. All Raptor models will have a 6-speed automatic transmission, selectable 4WD, and rear E-Locker that stays engaged at high-speeds.
The GT500 coupe, convertible, and King of the Road (KR) models engineered by SVT continue on for the 2009 model year. All models are eguipped with a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 and six-speed manual transmission. GT500 produces 500hp and 480ft-lbs of torque. GT500KR models have 540hp and 510ft-lbs of torque.
|SVT Lightning||9||1993||5.8 L Windsor FI V8||240 hp (179 kW)||340 ft·lbf (461 N·m)||5,276|
|10||1999||5.4 L supercharged Triton V8||360 hp (268 kW)||440 ft·lbf (597 N·m)||4,000|
|2001||380 hp (283 kW)||450 ft·lbf (610 N·m)||6,381|
|SVT Cobra||Fox||Base||1993||5.0 L Windsor V8||235 hp (175 kW)||280 ft·lbf (380 N·m)||4,993|
|SN-95 1||Base||1994||5.0 L Windsor V8||240 hp (179 kW)||285 ft·lbf (386 N·m)||6,009|
|1996||4.6 L DOHC Modular V8||305 hp (227 kW)||300 ft·lbf (407 N·m)||10,002|
|R||1995||5.8 L Windsor V8||300 hp (224 kW)||365 ft·lbf (495 N·m)||250|
|SN-95 2||Base||1999||4.6 L DOHC Modular V8||320 hp (239 kW)||317 ft·lbf (430 N·m)||8,095|
|2003||4.6 L DOHC SC Modular V8||390 hp (291 kW)||390 ft·lbf (529 N·m)||13,476|
|R||2000||5.4 L DOHC Modular V8||385 hp (287 kW)||385 ft·lbf (522 N·m)||300|
|SVT Contour||CDW27||1998||2.5 L Duratec 25 SVT V6||195 hp (145 kW)||165 ft·lbf (224 N·m)||6,535|
|1999||200 hp (149 kW)||169 ft·lbf (229 N·m)||2,760|
|SVT Focus||CW170||2002||2.0 L Zetec I4||170 hp (127 kW)||145 ft·lbf (197 N·m)||4,788|
SVT is also credited for the following vehicles:
- Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV), Ford Australia's performance car division