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FPV turns the big 5 (sorry – no 0!)…

September 9, 2008

Ford Australia’s renowned tuning arm – Ford Performance Vehicles, or FPV – is celebrating it’s 5th birthday this year & in order to celebrate, FPV has announced that it will build a special model to commemorate this milestone – which is a feat in itself considering the current move away from performance vehicles due rising petrol prices etc. This special model will be revealed at the 2008 AIMS (Australian International Motor Show in Sydney in October.

Here is the history from CarAdvice.com.au:

We have seen a few special editions from FPV lately, following last year’s 40th Anniversary GT and Cobra models. However FPV General Manager, Rod Barrett promised FPV fans the special edition model would be a great collector’s vehicle.

FPV was born after the acquisition of Tickford by UK-based Prodrive. Motorsport fans would know Prodrive as the leaders behind many motor sport success stories ranging from the Subaru World Rally Team to Aston Martin.
Their first car came in the shape of a V8 FPV GT in 2003 and marked the beginning of a new era in performance motoring, with the company now best known for its turbocharged vehicles.

“When we first launched FPV the brand revolved around the iconic status of the GT, now FPV has grown in only five short years to include two families – the GT and the F6, available in sedan, Ute and SUV models.” said Rod Barrett.

Back to the special edition 5-year anniversary model. Although we have had a hard time squeezing information out of our sources. They all say it will be something truly special. A GTHO?

“There has been much speculation about where FPV will head next, the GTHO is always on the radar, however, it would depend on whether a business case could be achieved and whether there would be market demand when we are ready to release it,” added Barrett.

What about an FPV Focus to sit above the XR5?

“Whether or not we move into the small car market is something we will look at once the Focus is produced here in Australia, of course it is always an option for the future.”

New changes following the motor show will include the addition of unique FPV badging with Mr Barrett saying “Owning an FPV is no longer about whether it’s a GT or an F6, but about serious performance”.

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