FPV was formed in 2002 as a joint-venture partnership between Ford and UK-based Prodrive, one of the world's leading motorsport and automotive engineering companies, to engineer and manufacturer a range of premium Ford performance vehicles for the Australian market.
First to wear the FPV badge was the return of the legendary Falcon GT.
Launched in 2003 and an instant success with the 'blue' faithful, the FPV BA-model GT (and GT-P) lived up to its iconic name, offering a level of engine performance from its high-tech Boss 290kW quad-cam V8 that was superior to the competition.
The GT sedan was closely followed by the launch of its Ute variants, the Pursuit and Super Pursuit.
In 2004 FPV launched the turbocharged F6 Typhoon; voted Australia's 'Performance Car of the Year' by Motor magazine in 2006.
The market also called for a Ute variant of the in-line six turbo, and FPV listened, producing the F6 Tornado only a few months after the sedan was launched.
In 2007, Rod Barrett was appointed FPV General Manager, fresh from a similar role at FPV's V8 Supercar partner, Ford Performance Racing.
In May 2008, the FPV FG-based range was officially launched, featuring a massive power increase on the V8 to 315kW and a whopping 40kW on the F6 to 310kW. Buyers were offered the choice of manual or automatic transmissions at the same price.
The arrival of the FG range also marked the first time that the FPV and mainstream Ford models were developed side-by-side, and launched to market very closely together.
Significantly, General Manager of Sales & Marketing Rod Barrett, also announced that from FG onwards all FPV produced models would carry the FPV badge on both the front and rear of each vehicle. September 2009 saw the debut of the GS and GS ute, both producing 302kw of power and 551Nm of torque. Launched as a limited edition, GS sales were so strong that the model evolved into a regular part of the FPV offering.
Due to strict Euro IV emission laws introduced in Australia in July 2010, FPV retired the Boss 5.4 litre V8 engine and introduced the supercharged "Miami" engine. The engineering associated with forced air induction on the all aluminium 5 litre V8 was undertaken by FPV at a cost of nearly $A40 million.
Producing 335kW of power at 570Nm of torque, the new V8 engine brought critical acclaim from the general public and motoring journalists alike. And to ensure that FPV could be within reach of most V8 enthusiasts, a GS and GS Ute version became part of the FPV performance range family. Also powered by the new V8 supercharged engine, the GS range produces 315kW at 545Nm of torque.
FPV has grown in only 8 short years to include two families – the supercharged V8 (featuring the GT and GS range of vehicles) and the turbo-charged inline 6 (featuring the F6 range). FPV has 80 dealerships throughout Australia and New Zealand.
'Total Performance' was originally the name of the worldwide sales strategy adopted by Ford in the 1960's.
Simply 'Win on Sunday, sell on Monday'.
'Total Performance' at FPV in the 21st Century is not an advertising or promotional theme but a commitment to engineering high performance vehicles that deliver high performance in every area.
Our cars and utes are designed to fulfil the expectations of sporting drivers everywhere they drive.
Total Performance is all about how the whole vehicle works in the real world, not the racetrack.
Ford Performance Vehicles seeks to set and exceed new benchmarks in Australian high-performance motoring.
Our world-class facilities, innovative and dedicated workforce and race-bred technology commits us to continually build on our engineering integrity and design innovation to produce the ultimate Australian high-performance vehicle.
Ford Performance Vehicles is governed by the following three criteria:
- All FPV vehicles must have substantial power increase from the Ford donor vehicle.
- Power developments must be balanced with developments to the chassis, driveline and brakes, providing an exhilarating yet safe performance package.
- It must have a distinctive look and feel that accentuates the power and technology found in all FPV vehicles.