Cloaked in secrecy from the outset and with still little known about its technical intricacies, the new Ford GT supercar has another well-kept secret. It's being built in Canada.
You might not know Multimatic Inc. of Markham, Ont., which is remaining decidedly low key and tight-lipped about the GT, but Multimatic knows performance, engineering and carbon fibre.
Larry Holt, the main man behind Multimatic Motorsports, the company's competition arm, has for years managed to fly below the media's radar. This, despite employing a past class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as his lead development driver, shaping suspension components and other parts for Formula One teams and fielding a succession of race-developed Ford cars in high-profile racing series around the globe.
One year after the GT concept exploded onto the stage at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich., Ford this year (Jan.16-24) showed a fully functioning, road-ready model —upstairs and in the back — just far enough away from the spotlight that visitors had to look around to find it.
Holt was nowhere to be seen as he was in Daytona, Fla., with his team and a brand new Ford GT, preparing for the 24 Hours of Daytona (Fla.) endurance race.