In the city of Concord, North Carolina stands the nerve center for many of Ford Motor Company’s racing and performance efforts: the Ford Performance Technical Center.
The Technical Center is a 33,000-square-foot facility which first opened in May of 2014, located nearby the headquarters of many of Ford’s NASCAR teams. Some of Ford’s road racing teams have also benefited from the facility; ahead of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, for instance, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s chosen drivers logged many hours behind the wheel of the Ford Performance Technical Center’s cutting-edge simulator. The Center also houses things like a sheet metal warehouse, and machinery to test Ford Performance vehicles.
But the Ford Performance Technical Center isn’t just about racing; a number of product engineers also work there, analyzing data and helping to incorporate some of Ford’s racing-developed technologies into road-going Ford Performance vehicles.
For an inside peek at the Ford Performance Technical Center, be sure to watch the video above, which features comments from the likes of pro IMSA Driver Ryan Briscoe, pro NASCAR Driver Joey Logano, and more.