Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT)
Special Vehicle Team, abbreviated as SVT, refers to Ford's high-performance vehicle division. Originally known as Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the division was officially renamed in 1993 due to reorganization efforts within the Ford Motor Company. As originally intended, the SVO division would remain intact and focus their efforts on promoting corporate racing programs and over-the-counter Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP) while the new SVT division would be in charge of developing limited-edition high-performance vehicles.
The SVT development team focuses mainly on creating superior performance model options for already existing Ford vehicles. Notable examples include the Ford Shelby GT500 and Ford Lightning, which were a specially tuned version of the Ford Mustang and Ford F-150, respectively. However, the team has been known to create high-performance vehicles from the ground up. An example of this is the Ford GT.