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Perhaps it was Henry Ford's prosaic image as a provider of popular ears that delayed Ford's entry into the dream-car arena. Whatever the reason, Ford lagged behind Chrysler and General Motors in the razzmatazz world of futuristic ideas.



Ford's first dream car

Probably the first true Ford dream car was theX-100 of 1953, which anticipated the torpedo styling themes of later Fords like the 1961 Thunderbird. Another indication of lord's new directions from the same year was the Mexico — only a scale model, but the result of wind-tunnel testing and an important pointer to future trends. Ford claimed 50 engineering firsts for this car, including a moisture-sensitive cell on the roof, which automatically closed the plastic sliding roof panel.


More extreme was the 1956 Mystere, at once the most amazing and most repulsive of dream cars. Its excessive chrome work, double headlamps and heavy body accents appeared in production Fords in years to come, but mercifully tile lifting bubble canopy, swinging steering wheel and gas turbine power did not.


One of the most famous of all 1950s dream cars was the Lincoln Futura of 1955, if only because it was later modified to become the Bat mobile in the popular TV series of the 60s. When the double-bubble canopy housed the caped crusaders, its kicked-up tail fins evoked just the right bat-like connotations.

 

Ford suffers hangover
Ford worked its way through many contorted schools of styling such as the Z-back roof (in the 1957 La Galaxie). It went on to become increasingly unhinged as it proposed a nuclear- powered dream car called the Nucleon in 1958, a gyroscopically controlled two-wheeled car called the Gyron in 1961, a three-wheeled flying car called the Volante the same --ear and a vast six- wheeler called the Seattle-ite in 1962.


It should not be surprising that, after that lot. Ford's design team and the pubic had something of a dream-car hangover, and Dearborn's output of show specials petered out in the 1960s.


It took Ford's purchase of the Italian Ghia styling house to kick-start its dream-car programmed again in the 1970s, Cilia's creations for Ford (such as the Coins, Megasiar and Action) are described in the pages devoted to Ghia. Ford's domestic US styling studios took longer to return to the dream-world.

Meanwhile, Ford's European subsidiary started a trend of creating show cars that anticipated future production models with the Probe III in1981. It was all but identical to die Ford Sierra, only the aerodynamic appendages being really different.

 

 

Probe and Splash
Future Ford Probe show cars were far more adventurous. The 1983 Probe IV was an amazingly aerodynamic yet practical hatchback. Its Cd figure of 0.15 was spectacular, achieved by wheels covered by urethane "membranes", meticulous airflow management and a spoiler at the base of the windscreen. The ultimate Probe V of a few years later extended the aerodynamic theme still further.


Uniting sports car and pick-up truck themes was the purpose of the 1988 Splash. Looking like a space-age beach buggy, tins sinking two-seater had removable windows, root and rear hatch. Its four-wheel drive, adjustable rides eight and retractable mud flaps boosted its chunky off-road flavor and the colorful weatherproof interior looked trendy enough for its intended youth market.


The Contour, shown at the 1991 Detroit Show, was revolutionary in so many respects. Its engine was the first straight-eight since Pontiac's in 1954 and was mounted transversely to save space. The shape of the car was dramatic with steeply raked screens and a long cabin dominating. It was mounted on an aluminum chassis entirely bonded together. The headlamps were 1 in- (2.5cm-) high arc discharge rods and there were two floating rear spoilers.

 

 

Edge design
To describe its fresh way of thinking in design terms, Ford coined the term "edge design". Before production cars like the Ka and Puma took to the streets, Ford displayed numerous concept cars at motor shows around the world, which dramatically demonstrated its new philosophy,


Edge design burst on to the scene with the revolutionary GT90 in 1995. The name hinted at the inspiration for the car, Ford's highly successful GT40 road/race car of the 1960s. In format, there were similarities: this was a very low, mid- engine two-seater with fantastic performance potential, but in truth the cars were very divergent.

The GT90 resembled a Stealth bomber in the way that its triangular flat surfaces intersected one another. Under the skin, its technology was bang up-to- date racing-car: a honeycomb aluminum chassis, carbon fiber body and space-shuttle-type ceramic exhaust. Powered by a quad-turbo 720blip V- twelve engine, it was intended to be launched in a limited series of 100 cars, but the plan never materialized. Much more significant was the GT90's effect on the future of Ford design.

 

 

IndiGo racer
It was not just the name of the IndiGo that was clever (playing on its association with IndyCar racing). Tins were no mere show car but a concept designed from the outset to lie feasibly manufactured at some point. Even though most people who worked in the trade accepted that tills were too radical to be offered for sale, it was a drivable car.


Ford said that the IndiGo "captures the essence of the race-track and transforms it into a realistic design for the street". The styling was strongly race car in feel, from the bespoilered, narrow nose to the blacked-out wings, while its construction (carbonfibre, aluminum and glassfibre) also mimicked competition use.


A 441bhp 6.0-litre V-twelve engine -formed by mating two V-six units together — was estimated to give a top speed of 170mph (273kph) and a 0-60mpll (0-96kph) time of under four seconds. The six-speed sequential gearbox was derived from race cars, and changes were made by pressing buttons on the steering wheel. Even the instrument panel on the dashboard was Formula 1 inspired.


Lincoln, meanwhile, forged ahead with its own L2K concept (in 1995), a possible future competition for the Mercedes-Benz SLK. Its blade-like shape (created by an affiliated design house called Concept Car Company) hid a 250 bhp 3.4 liter V-eight engine. The following year came the Sentinel, a startling expression of Ford’s edge design ethos: a high waistline, wonderfully sculpted lighting, ultra-clean, flat shapes and elegant proportions. It was a huge car, but felt right, and was even made into a runner on a lengthened Jaguar platform.


The Synergy 2010 was Ford's idea of in 1996. As such, it featured two power sources — a 1.0-litre direct-injection extremely lightweight materials (it weighed just one tonne (ton)), "air fences", which dictated the car's advanced, aerodynamic styling and computer-animated instruments. You could even call up the phone book by issuing a simple verbal command!


Just as the Ghia Saetta broke die path for the radical new Ka, so the 1996 Lynx forthcoming Fiesta based Puma coupe. One element that was lost in production also formed tile side window frames and guides for a fold-away roof.


Mercury's 1997 MC4 extended edge design to a mid-market four-seater, ft rear doors and a gullwing boot (trunk). More exciting still was the MC2 concept car shown at the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show, in essence a new Ford Cougar lean profile.


 

 

 

 
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