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2018 Woodward Dream Cruise: Cruising With Ford/SVT's Hermann Salenbauch

Motor Trend Logo Motor Trend | Slide 1 of 11: When you cruise Woodward in a brand new Wimbledon White Mustang GT convertible with "10,000,000th Mustang" emblazoned on the doors, everyone leaps from their curbside lawn chairs or swivels in their passenger seats to grab a snap of this milestone-mobile. Not too many vehicles hit eight-digit production figures, and those that do tend to be workhorses or commodity cars, not iconic sporty cars. One driver yelled "who do you have to know to get to drive that?!" The answer: Hermann Salenbauch. He's at the wheel—literally and figuratively. The German-born BMW engineer was lured to Ford in 2001 by the irresistible prospect of serving as chief engineer of the fifth-gen (S-197) Mustang. The pony car was well known even in Germany, having made a big impression on young Hermann ever since it first appeared in Goldfinger. These days he serves as Director of Ford's Advanced Product Creation and Global Performance Vehicles—a title sufficiently lofty to get him the keys to the 10M Mustang with 41 miles on the odometer. We'll add 8.6 more idling up and down the curb lane of Woodward Avenue in an hour-and-a-half-long photo op during which we also snapped some shots of cars that piqued Hermann's interest.More 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise coverage:Cruising with Fiat-Chrysler/SRT's Mark TrostleCamaros, Mustangs, Mopar, and More: 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise PHOTOS

Hermann Salenbauch, Head of Ford SVT

When you cruise Woodward in a brand new Wimbledon White Mustang GT convertible with "10,000,000th Mustang" emblazoned on the doors, everyone leaps from their curbside lawn chairs or swivels in their passenger seats to grab a snap of this milestone-mobile. Not too many vehicles hit eight-digit production figures, and those that do tend to be workhorses or commodity cars, not iconic sporty cars. One driver yelled "who do you have to know to get to drive that?!" The answer: Hermann Salenbauch. He's at the wheel—literally and figuratively. The German-born BMW engineer was lured to Ford in 2001 by the irresistible prospect of serving as chief engineer of the fifth-gen (S-197) Mustang. The pony car was well known even in Germany, having made a big impression on young Hermann ever since it first appeared in Goldfinger. These days he serves as Director of Ford's Advanced Product Creation and Global Performance Vehicles—a title sufficiently lofty to get him the keys to the 10M Mustang with 41 miles on the odometer. We'll add 8.6 more idling up and down the curb lane of Woodward Avenue in an hour-and-a-half-long photo op during which we also snapped some shots of cars that piqued Hermann's interest.


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