Dave Pericak, the head of Ford Performance who was instrumental in developing the GT supercar and Raptor performance pickup, has moved to a new role within Ford Motor Co. overseeing engineering of more mainstream products.
Pericak, 46, this month became engineering director of Ford's North American unibody applications, according to a Ford spokesman. His LinkedIn profile also says he'll work on Lincoln programs.
His previous role at Ford Performance will be split between two people. Mark Rushbrook will handle racing efforts while Hermann Salenbauch will lead production-vehicle development.
Pericak led Ford Performance from its creation as a stand-alone entity in 2014. Over the last three years, he helped launch the GT, F-150 Raptor, Mustang Shelby GT350, Focus RS, Focus ST and Fiesta ST. He also played a key role in Ford's motorsports efforts as the GT returned to racing and ultimately placed first in its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2016.
Before his role at Ford Performance, Pericak was the chief engineer of the 50th anniversary Mustang.
Autosport first reported Pericak's new role.