January 3, 2003
Supercharged Ford T-Bird makes debut
Los Angeles, California – Ford introduced a supercharged Thunderbird concept car as a possible future addition to its ‘Living Legends’ line of automobiles. The supercharged Ford Thunderbird concept is powered by a 3.9 litre 390 horsepower supercharged V8 engine. Ford says it was designed to gauge consumer interest in a performance-tuned version of Ford’s two-seat sports roadster. The Supercharged Thunderbird concept was a joint development of Ford’s Living Legends Design Studio and the FPG (Ford Performance Group) as a potential addition to FPG’s future product portfolio.
“The Supercharged Ford Thunderbird concept combines America’s ultimate dream car with an enthusiast’s ultimate dream engine under the hood,” says Mike Zevalkink, Ford Motor Company executive director, Ford Performance Group. “Thunderbird offered us an excellent basis to leverage product excitement even further with our performance expertise.”
Ford’s supercharged Thunderbird concept is joined on the company’s 2003 LA Auto Show display by two other customized Thunderbird cars. The Thunderbird Chip Foose edition, first shown at the 2002 SEMA Show, features a “cut-down” speedster windscreen, custom interior and other major restyling modifications. The Thunderbird Roy Brizio edition, also shown at the 2002 SEMA Show, includes unique front, side and rear styling enhancements in a dark green metallic paint color.