Meeting The Mustang’s Designer
I'm greeted by a new tour guide, who whisks me down a corridor that looks like the business end of every Bond villain’s lair. In a thick Italian accent, my tour guide explains that I’m not allowed through most of the locked doors along this corridor.
Never in my life have I wanted so badly to pull a Sean Connery and just disappear into one of those rooms to see what’s going on. I’m certain there’d be a bald man with a cat watching CNBC while looking at the initial sketches of the 2020 Mustang. Or maybe something cooler.
Footprints on the ground tell you where to walk, but it’s clear that no one follows them. Every 30 feet or so, there’s a photo of a concept car from yesteryear. I immediately recognize the Ford Shelby GR-1.
We finally reach our destination.
There’s a scale model of a 2015 Mustang behind me. These guys are adamant it was done 100% by hand, which is amazing, given how perfect it is. I pull out my camera, half expecting someone to say “What in the hell are you doing?”
I snap a bunch of pictures, cognizant of all the models of all the cars and trucks over the decades that have been photographed in this very room, and I feel an awesome wave wash over me as I soak up the history of the space.
Lunch: An Intermission
I’m joined by the guy who heads up Mustang interiors, and another guy who possesses an unhealthy obsession with instrument panels and A/C vents. It's like they're talking in their own special language, and it takes me a minute to catch on. They mention a 2015 Performance Orange GT with a track pack that’s sitting in the basement, and how it’s got newly refined gauges that nobody's seen yet. I simply have to go sit in it before I leave, they tell me.
I later learned that there was no way in hell a journalist would be allowed to see this GT with a camera in hand. This made me sad.