Edsel Ford: Racetrack serves as test for Ford innovation


Ford Motor Co. tests its innovations on the racetracks of the world and then brings those advancements to its cars built for the streets, says Edsel Ford, the great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford.
NASCAR also has been important to the automaker's innovations to consumer cars, he says.
"We are so proud of our history in this truly American form of racing," Ford says.

He spoke today at the annual Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce Celebrate Business Luncheon, giving the crowd of approximately 700 a history of Ford racing.
In a way, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) has adopted an early racing motto of "race it on Sunday and sell it on Monday," he told the gathering. For example, innovations in engines tested on Ford racecars are often incorporated in the vehicles made to be driven on the world's roads.
Hans DeBot, principal DeBotech Inc. in Mooresville, described how Ford's racing tradition is centered in the Charlotte and Mooresville area. Parts and engines for many of Ford's concept vehicles, such as the Ford GT "supercar" that was introduced last week, are made in the region. That includes some carbon-fiber parts produced at DeBotech, Debot says.
"It's a small world, and we're all in it right here in Mooresville, N.C.," DeBot says.
DeBot was named the chamber's Businessperson of the Year at the event, held at the Cove Church on Langtree Road.
Other examples of Ford Motor Co.'s interest in NASCAR can be found around the Charlotte region. Wood Brothers Racing in Harrisburg was honored last week as the oldest active NASCAR shop at 64 years. The team drives Fords.
Edsel Ford is a member of the board of director of Ford Motor Co. He's also active in company affairs and handles some corporate dealer relations functions for the carmaker.

Hans DeBot, principal DeBotech Inc. in Mooresville, described how Ford's racing tradition is centered in the Charlotte and Mooresville area. Parts and engines for many of Ford's concept vehicles, such as the Ford GT "supercar" that was introduced last week, are made in the region. That includes some carbon-fiber parts produced at DeBotech, Debot says.

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