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Special Vehicle Team

See also Special Vehicle Operations
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Special Vehicle Team
Founded
1993
Owner(s)
Ford Motor Company
Location
Dearbon, Michigan
Special Vehicle 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, Audi Sport & Performance Division, Chrysler's SRT division, and GM's Performance Division. SVT is the successor to the SVO division. The current SVT Director is Hermann Salenbauch. SVT was previously led by Hau Thai-Tang (2004–2007) and John Coletti (199X-2004).

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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 1983 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, SVOdeveloped 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 suspension, 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 as an option for the 2010 model year (likely to be standard in subsequent model years). Ford reports horsepower and torque as 411 hp (306 kW) @ 5500 rpm, 588 Nm (434 lbft) @ 4500 rpm in the 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 equipped with a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 and six-speed manual transmission. GT500 produces 500 hp and 480 ft-lbs of torque. GT500KR models have 540 hp and 510 ft-lbs of torque.
Speculation suggests that as a result of Ford's plan to globalize their vehicles, SVT and the European RS division will merge, thus aligning all American and European performance vehicle activity together.

SVT vehicles

Model
Version
Year
Engine
Power
Torque
Production
SVT Lightning
9
1993
5.8 L Windsor FI V8
240 hp (179 kW)
461 Nm (340 lbft)
5,276
1994
4,007
1995
2,280
Total
11,563
10
1999
5.4 L supercharged Triton V8
360 hp (268 kW)
597 Nm (440 lbft)
4,000
2000
4,966
2001
380 hp (283 kW)
610 Nm (450 lbft)
6,381
2002
4,726
2003
4,270
2004
3,781
Total
28,124
Total - SVT Lightning
39,687
SVT Cobra
Fox
Base
1993
5.0 L Windsor V8
235 hp (175 kW)
380 Nm (280 lbft)
4,993
R
1993
107
Total
5,100
SN-95 1
Base
1994
5.0 L Windsor V8
240 hp (179 kW)
386 Nm (285 lbft)
6,009
1995
5,008
1996
4.6 L DOHC Modular V8
305 hp (227 kW)
407 Nm (300 lbft)
10,002
1997
10,049
1998
8,654
R
1995
5.8 L Windsor V8
300 hp (224 kW)
495 Nm (365 lbft)
250
Total
39,973
SN-95 2
Base
1999
4.6 L DOHC Modular V8
320 hp (239 kW)
430 Nm (317 lbft)
8,095
2001
7,251
2003
4.6 L DOHC SC Modular V8
390 hp (291 kW)
529 Nm (390 lbft)
13,476
2004
5,664
R
2000
5.4 L DOHC Modular V8
385 hp (287 kW)
522 Nm (385 lbft)
300
Total
34,859
Total - SVT Cobra
79,932
SVT Contour
CDW27
1998
2.5 L Duratec 25 SVT V6
195 hp (145 kW)
224 Nm (165 lbft)
6,535
1999
200 hp (149 kW)
229 Nm (169 lbft)
2,760
2000
2,150
Total
11,445
SVT Focus
CW170
2002
2.0 L Zetec I4
170 hp (127 kW)
197 Nm Nm t Michigany)
991 [1] (145 lbft)
4,788
2003
6,158
2004
3,057
Total
14,003
Total
144,993*
SVT is credited in the following vehicles:

  • 1993 SVT Cobra
  • 1993 SVT Cobra R
  • 1993-1995 Ford SVT Lightning
  • 1994-1995 SVT Cobra
  • 1995 SVT Cobra R
  • 1996-1998 SVT Cobra
  • 1998-2000 SVT Contour
  • 1999-2001 SVT Cobra
  • 2000 SVT Cobra R
  • 1999-2004 Ford SVT Lightning
  • 2003-2004 SVT Cobra
  • 2002-2004 SVT Focus
  • 2005–2006 Ford GT
  • 2007–present Shelby GT500
  • 2010–present Ford F-150 SVT Raptor




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