Lifestyle

Souped-up FPVs return to blue oval Broadmeadows home

The GT's production has returned to Broadmeadows.
The GT's production has returned to Broadmeadows. COVENTRY STUDIOS

FORD says FPV customers will get better quality, rather than cheaper, cars now that Ford has taken over the high-performance vehicles division.

The blue oval has admitted the relocation of FPV production from its former dedicated facility in Campbellfield to within its Broadmeadows plant has resulted in a host of efficiencies that make the cars cheaper to produce.

But the removal of a middle man from the process won't lead to price cuts, with Ford pocketing the profit it used to share with former joint venture partner, Prodrive.

Ford insists owners will receive better value for money with greater levels of build quality.

"What we've tried to do is improve the quality of the build process for FPV and we believe what we offer to the customer is already great value for money with what is essentially a hand-built vehicle," Ford Australia president Bob Graziano said at a ceremony to commemorate the first GT built at Broadmeadows for 37 years.

"Those efficiencies have translated into improved quality. We're positive there's benefits for the customers in that."

It does, however, provide FPV more wriggle room to undercut the new HSV VF Commodore range, which is due to arrive in July, as Graziano confirmed there will be no product updates to the FPV line-up before next year's heavily-revised Falcon.

"We've got a freshening coming next year and we won't do anything separate for FPV before then," he said.

The new FPV final assembly line within Broadmeadows has effectively half the staff that was needed at Campbellfield and the cars are moved through fewer assembly bays, as more of the unique work required is completed during the construction of the donor Falcon chassis on the main production line.

Similarly, the V8 engine is no longer built at the FPV plant. It is now constructed by a dedicated (and smaller) team of technicians at the six-cylinder engine plant in Geelong.

The production line has a capacity to build just eight FPV models each day, which is significantly less than at the peak of the re-born GT's popularity when FPV produced more than 25 per day.

The Broadmeadows Assembly Plant is no stranger to the GT, having built the first Falcon GT in 1967 and the last, in June 1976:

1967 XR GT

First Falcon GT
289 ci 'Mustang Powered' V8, 4-barrel carburettor and 4-speed floor-shift manual transmission producing 225 bhp (168 kW)
All XR GTs where finished in Gold with black rally stripes. 12 cars were finished in Silver for the Gallaher Cigarette Company
XR GTs took out first and second place at Bathurst in October 1967
XR GT Cost $3,890. A total of 596 were sold

1968 XT GT

Second-generation Falcon GT
302 ci V8 producing 230 bhp (172 kW) replaced the 289 ci unit
Available in GT Gold, GT Silver, GT White, Candy Apple Red and Zircon Green with full-length stripes available in white or red
Beaten by the 327 ci HK Monaro at Bathurst in 1968, an XR GT finished 7th and an XT GT finished 9th. The XW GT was to be bigger and better
XT GT cost $4,050. A total of 1415 were produced

1969 XW GT

Third-generation Falcon GT
302 ci replaced by a 351 ci, 290 bhp (216 kW) V8 fitted with hydraulic lifters
A new 'HO' (Handling Option) model was offered adding additional features to the GT:
Front spoiler
Rear roll bar
3" diameter tail shaft
New camshaft
Alloy inlet manifold
Holley 650CFM carburetor
With the XW Coming 2nd, 4th and 5th at Bathurst in 1969, the XY was to be the ultimate GT
2287 GTs and 260 Phase I GTHOs were produced
XW GT cost $4,200. GTHO cost $4,495

1970 XW GTHO Phase II

Windsor replaced with new Cleveland 351ci engine fitted with solid lifters, 780 cubic feet per minute Holley and revised gear ratios
Official power figures were quoted as '300 bhp' (224 kW)
The Phase II GTHO came 1st and 2nd at Bathurst in 1970
402 Phase II GTHOs were produced.

1971 XY GT

Fourth-generation Falcon GT
351 ci engine continued to be quoted as '300 bhp' (unofficial estimates have suggested it could have produced more than 380 bhp (283 kW)) and was fitted with a prominent cold-air Ram Induction 'Shaker' air cleaner
The GTHO (Phase III) now featured a rear deck lid spoiler, new harmonic balancer, engine bearings, valve gear, Mustang 'Boss' head gaskets and a full extractor system over the GT
The GTHO was one of the fastest production sedans in the world and placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th at Bathurst in 1971
1557 XY GTs and 300 Phase III GTHOs were produced
The XY GT cost $4,824. The GTHO cost $5,250

1972 XA GT

The GT and GTHO (Phase IV) program was fully integrated into XA's development
XA GTs came with driving lights, lowered suspension and full instrumentation and a 300 bhp engine
GTHO featured a finned, large capacity sump, new combustion chambers and extractors and was quoted to produce '340' bhp (254 kW)
Only one XA GTHO entered into competition as the program was cancelled as a result of the widely reported 'super car scare' of 1972
1868 XA GT sedans and 891 hardtops were produced. It is believed that only 4 Phase IV GTHOs were ever produced

1974 XB GT

With the GTHO no longer available, the XB GT was the only model on offer until 1976
The introduction of the XC Falcon range marked the end of production of the GT for the foreseeable future
1950 XB GT sedans and 949 GT hardtops were produced.

2013 FG GT

Fitted with a 335 kW, 5.0-litre supercharged 'Miami' V8 engine, the FG GT, in R-SPEC guise is the fastest Australian-made production car to date
The first 'Ford produced' FPV GT leaves the FPV assembly facility Monday, February 18 2013

Topics:  cars news, ford, motoring


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Two Ipswich woman charged over Adelaide murder

A photo of Robert Whitwell, released by South Australia Police.

South Australia to seek extradition

Drowning victim, 2, had been playing 'hide and seek'

Police at the scene of a drowning in Helidon Spa.

Groundswell of support for toddler's grieving family

Woman, 22, has died from injuries after Underwood crash

A Police Forensic Crash Unit vehicle at the scene of a serious crash, Saturday, December 06, 2014. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle

Two-vehicle crash occurred at Kingston and Compton rds

Latest deals and offers

Woman, 22, has died from injuries after Underwood crash

UPDATE: A 22-year-old woman has died from her injuries after a crash involving three people in Underwood.

Where the sinkhole water came from

The Basin Pocket sinkhole was drained into  gully.

The lab results are in

Court hears evidence of drug deal that led to stabbing

CRIME SCENE: Forensic police officers investigate a fatal stabbing on Cobalt St in Carole Park.

Witness tells court stabbing victim wanted drug money to pay rent

Masters to staff: "This isn't the news we hoped for"

Masters Hardware Store Springfield Central. Photo: David Nielsen / Queensland Times IPS041011MAST04B

Letter to staff on plans to close hardware store franchise

'Chronic' offender's luck runs out in court

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

23-year-old will see the year out behind bars

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Kooza takes circus-goers back to Cirque Du Soleil's roots

The high wire act as featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza.

NEW show puts the skills of the performers front and centre.

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

Reality TV show "turned our special day into a joke"

UNHAPPY: Maryborough couple Emma and Steven Dilliway who star on Australia's Cheapest Wedding and are not happy with the outcome.

Reality television helped turn this wedding into an internet joke

John Krasinski has better sex now he's in good shape

John Krasinski says there's at least one good reason to get jacked

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa