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FPV factory produces its last car before shutting down

After Prodrive sold off its 51 per cent stake in Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) to Ford earlier this year, the FPV factory in Victoria is now finalising its last vehicle before the entire factory is shut down. Production will move literally across the road to Ford, at the Campbellfield facilities.

The last vehicle being built is a red FPV GT, wearing the build number 305. Apart from that, the rest of the factory is empty, with no cars, while hoists and various equipment are prepared for dismantling.

It must be a sad day in the factory, considering it was home to the production of over 100,000 high performance Fords. For over 21 years the factory worked its magic, converting Ford Falcon shells into turbo-six and V8 beasts.

In a recent News Limited report, David Stule, a worker at FPV for the past 20 years, said it’s sad because the GT is the best Falcon the company has ever built. He said,

“After years of our cars being down on power [compared to Holden], we’ve smashed them out of the park with the new GT. Unfortunately, though, the sales speak for the themselves”

He and the 20 other workers at the factory will now have to sort other means of employment. Workers receive five weeks of pay for every year they have worked with the company.

All FPV models will now be produced alongside the more humble Falcon variants at Ford. Up to eight vehicles were produced per day at FPV. This sort of frequency is expected to remain the same at Ford.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • Mark Kevin

    I’m not sure whether quoting a News Ltd article really gives this more credibility, as the News Ltd article was full of the usual Ford bashing and “Ford is dying” rubbish that usually comes from the keyboard of that tosser Dowling. Sure, it’s sad that these guys are out of a job, but you can also look at this as the dawn of a new era. Is the glass half empty or half full?