Ed Krenz might best be known as chief program engineer for the current Ford GT. Yet his other gig -- chief functional engineer, Ford Performance -- carries the mantle of car-geek celebrity engineers such as John Coletti, Jost Capito, Dave Pericak and Jamal Hameedi.
Krenz was born near Washington, D.C., in 1972, and graduated from the University of Michigan and earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University. Through 24 years at Ford Motor Co., Krenz has done duty in just about every corner of the auto engineering business, including manufacturing, powertrain, control systems and vehicle integration. He has taken a lead role at Ford Performance, the group in charge of racing and performance development, as Ford shifts its focus from cars to light trucks and moves out of the sedan business in the United States.
We sided up to Krenz at the launch of the 2019 Ford Edge to ask him about the Edge ST -- the first SUV tuned by Ford Performance -- and where the Performance brand goes from here.