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(from Ford Press
Release) What started out a year and a half ago as a
sketch on a placemat at a Dearborn Coney Island will be one of the
Ford show cars on display at the Specialty Equipment Market
Association (SEMA) show, which opens today in Las Vegas.
Using the 1966 Sebring-winning Ford GTX1 roadster as his
inspiration, Kip Ewing, a Ford Special Vehicle Team engineering
supervisor, sketched a convertible version of the Ford GT, which he
named -- quite appropriately -- the Ford GTX1.
"The Ford GT has been an amazing automotive icon that I've had the
pleasure to work on," said Ewing. "The X1 project is a great way to
answer the question, 'What if?' and utilize the power of SEMA's
members in the aftermarket to get it done."
The SEMA show is the premier automotive specialty products trade
event in the world. This year, more than 2,000 manufacturers will
display their wares in over one million square feet of space at the
Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 100,000 trade professionals
are expected to attend the show, which is open only to verified
industry professionals and media.
Getting his idea accepted as a SEMA project required some creative
thinking on Ewing's part.
"Sometimes people have a hard time understanding what you want to
accomplish, but if you can show them a three-dimensional
representation, it helps to seal the deal," he said.
So Ewing did just that. He took a 1:18 die-cast model of the GT and
"I cut the roof off and then remodeled the body using typical auto
body materials like Bondo. Then I repainted it," he said. "It was a
nice visual that I could put on someone's desk."
Ewing's craftiness paid off.
In June, Hau Thai-Tang, director of Ford SVT and Advanced Product
Creation, gave Ewing the stamp of approval he needed to do bring his
dream to life as a SEMA vehicle.
"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
One of the most innovative aspects of Ewing's GTX1 is its
configurable roof. The roof system consists of four individual hard
panels. The panels can be configured as a coupe, t-top, or full
convertible. Additionally, the panels are painted in the same
Valencia Yellow with Tungsten Silver stripes. So, when the car is
configured as a coupe, it doesn't lose any of its design appeal.
GTX1 drivers won't get caught in the rain because all four panels
can be stored inside the vehicle for easy access.
The Genaddi Design Group, a Wisconsin coachbuilder with experience
cutting the roofs off of expensive and exotic cars, was chosen to
build the car.
"The Ford GTX1 project is a great example of manufacturers working
together with the aftermarket to stretch the boundaries and
investigate potential design and product innovation," said
Ewing says the project became an all-consuming one.
"I was in Wisconsin every other weekend working on the car with the
builder," he said. "We finished the construction at a shop I have in
my home. In the last week, I've probably had about 16 hours of sleep
because I've been so busy finishing the car."
So, how did he feel when the car was finally finished?
"It's very gratifying to see something that was in your head
transfer to paper and then transfer to real life," he said. "But to
actually get behind the wheel of it and drive your sketch is just a
When asked to predict how he would feel standing beside the GTX1 at
the SEMA show this week Ewing replied, "Tired, but very proud."