The Ford GTX1 is the realisation of one mans dream, Kip
Ewing, a Ford SVT engineering supervisor. Kip had sketched
the convertible version of the Ford GT on a placemat using
the 1966 Sebring-winning Ford GTX1 roadster as his inspiration
- hence the name.
Ewing took a 1:18 scale die-cast model of the Ford
GT and modified it, first by cutting off the roof
and then remodeling it with regular automotive bodyfiller.
He finished it all off with automotive paint. He used
this model to convince the higher powers that his project
was feasible. Ewing talks of the GTX1 design story.
"I've spent my education between engineering and
fine arts, but my career path has been engineering,"
said Ewing. "To be able to get my design work recognized
in a show is something I've longed for my whole life."
The GTX1 is not just a nice looking concept, some clever
engineering went into the multi-configuration roof.
The GTX1 roof system consists of four individual hard
panels. These panels can be configured as a coupe, t-top,
or full convertible. The panels are also painted in the
same Valencia Yellow with Tungsten Silver stripes covering
the whole car. So, when the car is configured as a coupe,
it doesn't lose any of its design appeal, a problem with
many convertibles. All the panels for the Ford GTX1's
roof are stored neatly in the car, meaning that if a sudden
summer downpour begins you don't get soaked, well not
Genaddi Design Group, a Wisconsin based coachbuilder with
experience cutting the roofs off of expensive and exotic
cars, was chosen to build the car.
The Ford GTX1 was shown at the SEMA 2005 show, one of
the premier automotive products trade events in the world.
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