This Guy Creates Fast Ford Production Vehicles
JUL
21

Jamal Hameedi has a pretty cool reason to show up for work each day: “To make the greatest performance vehicles available on the market, regardless of price.”  You’re probably wondering exactly what kind of gig Jamal must have if he gets paid to think about performance vehicles. He’s the Global Performance Vehicle, Chief Engineer for Ford, which means, “I get to play with fast cars and trucks for a living.”

Jamal has worked on various projects, including the Ford GT in 2002, which he described then as the most technological program he’d worked on to date. “Instead of taking an already existing platform, we had complete control of it within SVT.” He and his team also were behind the 2011 Shelby GT500. Jamal has to be certain every one of the performance vehicles under his watch meets its engineering, manufacturing, business and timing objectives. Therefore, he works closely with engineers and designers to create not only a good-looking vehicle, but one that can back up that appearance with true grit. “Our performance philosophy touches every detail of our ST and SVT vehicles,” Jamal added.

“We spend a lot of time developing a global performance DNA, a recipe, if you will, of our performance cars,” he explained. “There are a lot of very technical requirements for steering, handling, ride, NVH, performance, horsepower and torque in all the vehicles we develop.”

Jamal said that he and his team want to make outstanding all-around performance cars, “not just stoplight-to-stoplight sprinters.”

His love of sports cars started when he was a child, and that same glee and awe are still in him even today. “We’re creating a car that’s not only beautiful, but one that has to perform as well. That process – seeing something go from an idea, to something an assembly plant makes day in and day out – is extremely rewarding.”

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9 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Paul A You need to bring back the the Ford GT as a limited production vehicle. You need a supercar in the mix if your going to be a truly global brand. The GT was a nice homage to the GT40s of yesteryear but now you need to get serious about supercars so you have an entry against the 3 big supercar companies: Lambo, Ferarri, and Bugatti. You don't have to go as extreame or expensive and Ford has shown it can make an affordable supercar that will challenge the market.
3 months(s) ago via
Aaron S Great job on the Focus and Fiesta STs! Both are track stars.
3 months(s) ago via
Dominic P  Great job SVT Team. It's passinate people like you who bring excitement to car enthusiasts. Please don't stop working to improve the vehicles you create. How about a manual shift Raptor and bring back the Ranger and build a little Raptor.
5 months(s) ago via
Jim J please bring back the GT every one will be very happy.
8 months(s) ago via
jim I think the article is great.  However, I am very upset to hear about Ford dropping out of drag racing.  You have never had a better group of spokespersons than the Force and Tasca family.  This is a serious mistake on your part
8 months(s) ago via
Palmer P I wonder what the 2015 mustang will look like.
8 months(s) ago via
Edward Good. Now work on the Bronco SVT.
8 months(s) ago via
James Love these vehicles.  Along these lines, Ford/Lincoln please make a sport sedan using the 3.5 L Ecoboost turbo (other than the too heavy Taurus ShO).  Heck, Fusion ShO would be fantastic, or some sort of halo sedan for Lincoln.  If you get it to 3400 lbs. or fewer, you won't be able to make enough to meet demand. 
8 months(s) ago via
Sefi G Love this!
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