The Ford Proving Grounds in Dearborn, Michigan is where the automaker performs the vast majority of testing and development work. For obvious reasons, the test track is typically only open to certain Ford employees and high-ranking executives, but the automaker welcomed a few outsiders into the grounds this week when President Biden rolled through in his presidential Cadillac limo to check out the new Ford F-150 Lightning.
Ford CEO Jim Farley was on hand to welcome Biden to the proving ground and show him around the new battery-electric truck. During his visit, Farley couldn’t help but notice that the ride Biden rolled up in was manufactured by arch-rival General Motors, so he tweeted a light-hearted jab at the president’s motorcade, saying the presidential Cadillac limo is the “only Caddy” that they’d ever let into the Dearborn test track grounds.
Only Caddy we would let into Ford’s Dearborn test track. Yes, it’s spelled Lightning, Apple autocorrect didn’t agree: pic.twitter.com/mLBvUMr0AF
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) May 19, 2021
Farley also said Biden and him exchanged a few jabs when chatting, with the Ford exec jokingly calling out Biden for his apparent preference for GM products. Biden famously owns a green 1967 Chevy Corvette convertible, which was given to him as a wedding gift by his father.
The president also heaped praise on the C7 Corvette Z06 during an appearance at the North American International Auto Show back in 2014 while he was still serving as the vice president under the Obama Administration. At the time, Biden joked that he wouldn’t want to run for president in the future, as that would mean he wouldn’t be able to have some fun behind the wheel of a Z06 in the future.
“Everyone wants to know whether or not I’m going to run for president,” Biden said at the time. “There’s a lot of reasons to run for president, but there’s one overwhelming reason not to run for president. I’d like to get that Z06 with 0 to 60 (mph) in 3.4 seconds. 3.4 seconds! You tach that sucker up to six grand and this comes out of the hole like a bullet, man.”
Being at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center today brought me home. For more than thirty years, my Dad managed car dealerships in Delaware. He would’ve loved visiting this complex, where you feel the history and see the future of an iconic American industry. pic.twitter.com/w6fnqSoK55
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 18, 2021
Following his arrival at the Dearborn test track in the presidential Cadillac limo, Biden was also filmed driving a prototype for the Ford F-150 Lightning. The battery-electric pickup truck is expected to enter production at Ford’s Rouge Center facility in Michigan next year and will serve as a rival to the future battery-electric Chevy Silverado.