Former Ford GT Lead Designer, Artist Talks About His Labor Of Love


February 28, 2017

Driving any supercar is supposed to be an emotional experience. It’s probably even more emotional, however, driving one that started its life as an idea in your head.

Camilo Pardo, a Detroit native, has lived a life most gearheads only can dream of. Pardo was the lead designer of the 2005 Ford GT, a car which he poured his heart and soul into, and that almost wasn’t put into production.

Even though his work sometimes doesn’t make it past the concept stage, in a video Petrolicious posted Tuesday, Pardo explains it’s quite a rewarding profession.

Greatness doesn’t come without perseverance. And despite all of Pardo’s accomplishments, perhaps the most impressive thing about his career is he did everything in his power to ensure the GT was put into production.

“As we approached the auto show, they cancelled the production car. It was disappointing,” Pardo said during the interview. “My goal was to do a concept vehicle that really looked like a production car, could maybe some way talk everybody to put it back on for production.”

We speak for Ford GT fans everywhere when we say we are eternally grateful that Pardo never gave up.

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