2005 Ford GT - Photos of the week(WEEK OF APRIL 21, 2003)
Ford Motor Company participated in today's national "Take Your Kids to Work Day" in numerous offices across the country. In Dearborn, Mich., Ford engineers entertained and educated their youngsters at one of the premier performance vehicle facilities on the planet - the Ford GT and Special Vehicle Team (SVT) engineering headquarters. The kids were treated to a design presentation by Camilo Pardo, Ford GT chief designer, who taught them helpful hints about sketching new vehicles. Later in the day, the kids joined their parents at a makeshift "track" in the office parking lot for rides in one of the first Ford GT prototypes.
Pete Vasquez, nephew of SVT program analyst Caroline Serrentino, shows a smile after taking a lap in one of the fastest cars on the planet - the Ford GT. "I was kind of scared when he took off in the car," says Serrentino. "When he returned, he said it was almost too fast because it sucked him back into the seat. Of course, then he asked for another ride."
Payton Luzader, daughter of SVT Mustang Cobra body engineer Mike Luzader, peeks into the Ford GT concept supercar that was on display for "Take Your Kids to Work Day." "Luckily she has 14 more years before she starts driving, I can start saving up now," says Luzader.
Ford GT driving dynamics supervisor Tom Reichenbach and Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT) engineer Paul Semchak saddle up Tristen Russell (grandson of Sue Tuer, SVT program analyst) for a ride in one of the first Ford GT prototypes. About 25 Ford GT and SVT engineers hosted their kids to see and ride in some of the hottest performance vehicles on the road. "Since these kids are so young, I asked if they wanted me to go fast or go slow -- only three of them wanted to go slow," says Reichenbach. "One of them wouldn't get out of the car until I did a burnout."