A race car from the 1960s gets a radical redesign.
In any business, recreating a favorite product is a fraught undertaking. Ask any Hollywood producer or software developer. Make the sequel too similar to the seminal version, and it will fall flat. Make it too different, and purists will scream bloody murder.
These days, the most prized of that first batch of Ford race cars fetch almost $8 million. And the company, cruising on resurgent demand for its pickups and SUVs, figured it was time for a victory lap of sorts. Callum, Ford’s vice president for design, got the call. The trick, he said, was balancing the weight of history and massive expectations while creating something contemporary, or even futuristic.
“We agonized over everything to be honest,” Callum said. “We didn’t want to do a retro car. And what we came up with, you can recognize it as a Ford GT, but you can also tell it’s something from the 21st century, not the 20th.