The Ford GT First Drive Review Is Here And It’ll Blow Your Mind!

After the failed attempt by Ford to purchase Ferrari in the 1960’s Henry Ford II decided to seek revenge on the track. Thus was born the Ford GT40.

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Three models achieved a 1-2-3 victory at the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race. This was followed up with wins in 1967, 1968 and 1969. Ford wished to return to Le Mans and were hoping to send a race ready Ford Mustang to France but decided the car lacked the horsepower and aerodynamics to win. Ford despatched a small team of engineers and designers to start work on reclaiming Ford’s former racing glory.

The team presented a scale clay model to the then CEO Alan Mulally, executive chairman Bill Ford, Edsel Ford II and Mark Fields. The styling of the model is a blending the original Ford GT40 and the street GT design. Parallel development of the race and street legal versions was approved.  At the June 2016 Le Mans 24 hour race, four GT’s took first, third and fourth place in their class.

2017 sees the street legal version ready for release. Carbon fibre and aluminium keep the weight to just over 1360 kilograms, this includes an integrated roll cage and carbon fibre chassis and optional carbon wheels. Active aerodynamics divert airflow across the body to assist with high speed control, the rear wing changes shape to tune downforce, on hard braking the wing acts as an airbrake, the front of the vehicle is balanced with active flaps.

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The doors swing up and out revealing a sleek cockpit design along with a dial and button covered steering wheel which tilts and telescopes to meet the driver. Digital instrument cluster, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, the GT has it all. A dashboard mounted infotainment screen mounted in carbon fibre. At the heart of the GT is a twin-turbocharged Eco boost V6.

The 3.5 litre engine produces a healthy 647 horsepower, that’s 184 horsepower per litre along with 550 pound-feet of torque. All this is good for an impressive 216 mph. Turn the aluminium dial on the steering wheel to track mode and wham, the carbon fibre body hugs the ground raising the rear spoiler and transforming the car into a competitive racing machine. The GT is expected to retail in the region of $450,000.