Special Vehicle Team

Special Vehicle Team

Ford Motor Co. SVT Logo
Predecessor Ford SVO
Formation 1993
Type Automotive
Headquarters Ford Motor Company
See also Special Vehicle Operations

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. 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 (1993-2004).


The group mainly produces specially tuned versions of Ford production vehicles such as the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor which is based on the Ford F150. 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, 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 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[1] 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, 434 lb·ft (588 N·m) @ 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.

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.[2]

SVT vehicles

SVT Lightning919935.8 L Windsor FI V8240 hp (179 kW)340 ft·lbf (461 N·m)5,276
Total 11,563
1019995.4 L supercharged Triton V8420 hp (268 kW)440 ft·lbf (597 N·m)4,000
2001500 hp (283 kW)450 ft·lbf (610 N·m)6,381
Total 28,124
Total - SVT Lightning 39,687
SVT CobraFoxBase19935.0 L Windsor V8235 hp (175 kW)280 ft·lbf (380 N·m)4,993
Total 5,100
SN-95 1Base19945.0 L Windsor V8240 hp (179 kW)285 ft·lbf (386 N·m)6,009
19964.6 L DOHC Modular V8305 hp (227 kW)300 ft·lbf (407 N·m)10,002
R19955.8 L Windsor V8300 hp (224 kW)365 ft·lbf (495 N·m)250
Total 39,973
SN-95 2Base19994.6 L DOHC Modular V8320 hp (239 kW)317 ft·lbf (430 N·m)8,095
20034.6 L DOHC SC Modular V8390 hp (291 kW)390 ft·lbf (529 N·m)13,476
R20005.4 L DOHC Modular V8385 hp (287 kW)385 ft·lbf (522 N·m)300
Total 34,859
Total - SVT Cobra 79,932
SVT ContourCDW2719982.5 L Duratec 25 SVT V6195 hp (145 kW)165 ft·lbf (224 N·m)6,535
1999200 hp (149 kW)169 ft·lbf (229 N·m)2,760
Total 11,445
SVT FocusCW17020022.0 L Zetec I4170 hp (127 kW)145 ft·lbf (197 N·m)4,788
Total 14,003
Total 144,993*

SVT is credited in the following vehicles:

See also


  1. "SVT Raptor".
  2. Korzeniewski, Jeremy (19 February 2010). "Ford to merge U.S. and European performance lines; Focus RS coming to America?". autoblog.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
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