WORLD'S FIRST RHD FORD GT HITS THE ROAD (AND TRACK)!
The first Ford GT 'Supercar' to be converted to right hand drive has hit the ground running, and is already set to be a TV star.
Craig Dean took the pure black RHD Ford GT to Melbourne's Calder Park Raceway for a track test and shakedown last week. Completing around 50 trouble-free laps, Craig was rapt with the car. "I am thrilled with how well it performs. Everything has turned out as expected, and you would never know it wasn't right hand drive straight from the factory," Craig enthused, "This is an awesome vehicle and we are really proud of our achievement."
Melbourne's Channel 31 'Gasolene' program was on hand to film the day. It will appear on the show tomorrow night (Tuesday 5 February) at 9.00pm and is repeated on Thursday at 4.00pm and Saturday at 6.30pm. You will also be able to view the episode online at http://www.c31.org.au
Crossover Car Conversions and Mustang Motorsport began work on the conversion early last year. "The original vehicle is beautifully engineered and finished, so we have worked extremely hard to ensure that it truly is a 'mirror-image' conversion," Craig explains, "It has taken us over six months to carefully and meticulously make our way through the conversion process. From an engineering viewpoint, this is the most complex project we have worked on in more than 20 years of converting cars."
"We have converted over 500 Mustangs to right hand drive, but the Ford GT is different in just about every respect. From the mid-engined layout to the retro-inspired interior styling, every aspect has been designed, manufactured and finished so creatively and beautifully. This is our specialty, though, and just looking at it now thrills me with what we have achieved."
The car is now going through the formal approval process to meet Australian Design Rules, and is expected to be delivered to its lucky owner within the next few weeks. "Handing this car over is going to be a proud moment, both in terms of the quality of our work and also just for the fact that the Ford GT is such a phenomenal car."
Crossover Car Conversions has already begun work on the next GT's to be converted. With another six cars already in line, the Melbourne-based business is proving that they are at the cutting edge of vehicle engineering and conversion not just in Australia, but on the world stage.