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SEMA 2005 Headliner: The Ford GTX1 Roadster


It is amazing what you see each year at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas. The “industry invited only” show showcases the latest and greatest aftermarket products to manufacturers, dealers, and the press alike. The automakers and custom builders have come again this year with some amazing new show cars, the most important to us Ford fanatics is the GTX1 Roadster.

With the 1966 Sebring-winning Ford GTX1 roadster as inspiration, Ford SVT engineering supervisor Kip Ewing unveiled his take on that legendary racer during the opening day of the show. Ewing conceived the idea for a roadster while working on the Ford GT launch, and after completing initial design sketches and engineering studies on his own time. “The Ford GT has been an amazing automotive icon that I’ve had the pleasure to work on,” said Ewing. “The X1 project is a great way to answer the question, ‘What if?’ and utilize the power of the SEMA’s members in the aftermarket to get it done.

The builder chosen for the project is Mark Gerisch of Genaddi Design Group, an experienced designer and metal shaper that has a history of cutting the roofs off expensive and exotic cars. The X1 roadster features an innovative roof system of four individual hard panels. The panels can be configured as a coupe, t-top, or full convertible. Even with all the panels installed, the outer panels can be locked into a vent position. Plus, the panels are painted in the same Valencia Yellow featuring Tungsten Silver stripes; therefore, as a coupe, it doesn’t lose any of its design appeal. And, X1 drivers won’t be caught in the rain because all four panels can be stored inside the vehicle for easy access.

The Ford GTX1’s rear clamshell covering the engine has been redesigned to feature two buttresses that flow rearward from the seatbacks. Without the need for a backlight due to its open-top configuration, the view into the engine bay could have gone away, but Ewing knew the importance of showcasing the 550-horsepower 5.4L supercharged V-8. The answer to the inevitable question of “Can I buy one?” is yes. All it will take is a trip to your local Ford dealer to purchase a Ford GT, and then a call to Genaddi Design Group.

We say, hoorah! The GT has been a great shot in the arm for Ford and it’s performance car presence. The open air was the only thing missing!

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