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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford GT Driven on Road and Track


As the first examples of the 2018 Ford GT supercar get ready for shipment and the few lucky rich guys who have ordered one count the days for it to arrive, the company hosted a small press driving event for the GT in Utah. Besides being totally awesome and extremely cool, the new GT also serves as a test bed for future technologies we will soon in other Fords. 

Among the 2018 Ford GT innovations that will soon make their way to other sporty Fords of a lower order there is the carbon fibre lightweighting which has too many benefits to be overlooked, and the sophisticated Drive Modes, a sample of which is already used in the Focus RS with the track mode.

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Aerodynamics is another area where Ford GT can be of great use for the engineers working on simpler models. GT’s aerodynamics change on demand to meet varying driving conditions, thanks to moveable elements around the body, including special ducts in the front, and a large deployable wing. The flaps open and close depending on whether GT’s wing is up or down, so the car remains aerodynamically balanced from front to back at all speeds. When the wing is up, the ducts close to increase downforce; when the wing is down, the ducts open to decrease downforce. The GT’s aerodynamics produce positive downforce in all conditions. At high ride height, the downforce has a balance of 30 per cent front. In low ride height, the downforce balance is maintained at 29 per cent front.

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Last but not least, we have the Ford GT’s 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine which at 647 horsepower proves you don’t have to sacrifice economy for performance and vice versa. The engine features an innovative anti-lag turbo technology which is of great importance, and it comes with a all-new port and direct dual fuel-injection setup to enhance engine response. Also interesting is the GT’s hydraulic suspension, which changes ride height with a turn of the knob that adjusts Drive Modes. But that’s not something we can expect to see in something like the Focus anytime soon!


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PostHeaderIcon Ford GTS

Ford introduced its GT supercar in 2004 as a street-legal reimagining of the legendary GT40, the racer that managed to clinch epic victory over Ferrari at Le Mans in the mid to late ‘60s. The first-gen GT offered buyers a chance at all-American mid-engine glory, bearing a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 sending 550 horsepower to the rear axle. Production ended in 2006, but nine years later, at the North American International Auto Show, the Blue Oval introduced a successor. The second-gen GT got updated styling, lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum construction, and a twin-turbo V-6 engine making 647 horsepower. The new GT went on to repeat its historical victory at Le Mans, solidifying its position as a winning race-bred street machine. With its heritage now secure, the Ford GT program might be searching for a new target, and Porsche could provide the perfect bull’s-eye. Say hello to the GT’s little brother, the GTS, a more affordable American mid-engine sports car designed to topple the mighty 911.

While it may look similar to the GT, a Ford GTS would be practically all-new, with smaller exterior dimensions, a fresh engine package, and a price tag more in line with Germany’s most famous performance machine. Of course, this is all speculation, as we don’t have anything solid to go off. But, if Ford did build such a GTS, what would it bring to the table? Read on to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Poised For AMG Buyout, German-Tuned Mustang Possibly In The Works

Last October, German officials took steps to ban the production of new internal combustion-powered cars by the year 2030. Although mounting pressure to create ever more efficient green vehicles is expected over the next few decades, an outright ICE ban is considered an extreme measure that could pose a huge challenge to the established German automakers. As such, AMG, the performance engineering firm best known for churning out high-spec Mercedes vehicles, might head stateside to circumvent the looming ban. Ford has been tapped as one possible buyer, prompting rumors that the Blue Oval’s next pony car could see a high-performance AMG iteration sometime in the near future.

According to insiders, Ford is eager to pick up AMG to help bolster its line of sports cars, and in particular the Mustang. “The Mustang is a global product now,” a source familiar with the matter told TopSpeed. “It’s important that Ford gives customers the sense they are buying something sporty, but also of the highest quality. An AMG badge would help monumentally in that regard.”

Whether or not Ford will go through with the purchase remains to be seen. There still remains a possibility that a rival like General Motors could pick up the wayward tuning company instead, but it’s unlikely given Ford’s reported interest in the deal.

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PostHeaderIcon Will the Ford GT's Drive Modes Stop Owners From Going Full Mustang?

The Ford GT may be all official and available to customers — with the first allocation already sold out — but FoMoCo is still rolling out information about the supercar as buyers await delivery. We’ve already learned about the tremendous technology behind the new GT, such as the industry-first gorilla glass windshield and the carbon-fiber wheels, and now it’s time to have a closer look at the car’s driving modes. The GT will come with five, each prepared for different driving scenarios.

Much like any vehicle out there, the American supercar starts off in Normal mode. Conceived for everyday driving, the Normal mode sets the ground clearance at 120 mm, while throttle and transmission calibrations are set up for standard driving. Traction and stability control systems cannot be adjusted, while the rear wing deploys automatically for aero assistance at 90 mph, returning to its normal position at 81 mph. The wing still deploys as an airbrake if sensors detect aggressive braking. Finally, the driver can soften the suspension by adjusting compression and rebound in the dampers at the press of a button.

In the Wet setting, which is obviously recommended for wet tarmac and rainy conditions, the ride height and other systems remain in their default, Normal-mode setup. However, throttle control is adjusted to limit the induction of slipping and sliding, thus enabling greater stability. The comfort suspension can also be activated in this mode.

Then there’s Sport mode, yet another feature that’s rather common for modern vehicles. When using this setting, the driver gets a more responsive throttle calibration and the anti-lag system kicks in. Developed for the Le Mans-winning GT race car, the anti-lag keeps the turbo spinning at all time to provide boost on demand. The normal ground clearance remains in place here too, but the comfort feature is deactivated, while AdvanceTrac stability and traction control become driver-adjustable allowing three additional settings. The Sport mode also allows more slip, yaw, and oversteer, while gear changes are made quicker and the clutch disengages more rapidly for enhanced acceleration.

Setting the Ford GT apart from most performance cars are the Track and V-Max mode, but more on those after the jump.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford GT Competition Series

After intense speculation based on features discovered in the Ford GT’s owner’s manual, FoMoCo unveiled a lightweight version of its new supercar. Called the Competition Series, it shaves weight by dropping luxury items to shift the center of gravity closer to the track for even better road-holding and to maximize output.

Unveiled at the Daytona race track, the site of the GT’s win at the Rolex 24 Hours in January 2017, the supercar adopted a few new and innovative features, as well as extra standard features and carbon-fiber components.

“The Ford GT has racing in its blood,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president and chief technical officer. “The Competition Series was developed with the most hardcore track enthusiasts in mind, providing a tailored set of lightweight features and unique livery to match.”

The Competition Series will go on sale by the end of the year, but pricing and availability information has yet to be announced. Expect the lightweight GT to be produced in even fewer units than the standard model and cost significantly more.

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PostHeaderIcon The Ford GT Snarls at the Competition with 647 Horsepower and a Top Speed of 216 MPH

The Ford GT40 was a legend, but the Ford GT of 2005 and 2006 didn’t exactly meet Ford’s expectations, only selling 4,038 of the originally planned 4,500. Sadly, the final 11 bodies that were built got the worst fate of all, being torn apart and invoiced as service parts. But, Ford is looking to rectify the GT name and has done so with the introduction of the new Ford GT. Originally expected by the masses to have a heart of gold – more specifically, Ford’s flat-plane crank V-8 – Ford shocked us all when it announced an EcoBoost V-6 as its weapon of choice. That FPC V-8 could have been insanely powerful when coupled with some potent forced induction, but this EcoBoost isn’t exactly a slouch either. In fact, it has been SAE rated at 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, something that makes it the most powerful EcoBoost engine ever produced and the GT the fastest production car to ever sport a Ford badge.

So, how fast is it? Well, Ford took one driver and put him behind the wheel of the new GT, a McLaren 675LT, and a Ferrari 458 Speciale, then told him to give it his all around the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada. The end result put the Ford GT at the top, lapping the track with a best time of 2:09.8 while the McLaren fell short by one second at 2:10.8. The prancing horse performed even worse, posting a lap time of 2:12.9. Ford set out to topple the main competition, and it did just that, as all three were prepped with new fluids, fresh tires, and optimal suspension settings, and raced in identical conditions. Not a bad feat to accomplish.

But, it’s important to remember that the most powerful EcoBoost powertrain wouldn’t be enough if it wasn’t for the lightweight nature of the new GT, which tips the scale at just over 3,000 pounds. That makes its power-to-weight ratio a staggering 4.72 pounds per pony. “The Ford GT is all about performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development, and chief technical officer. “We achieved considerable weight savings with the carbon fiber architecture. We then reinvested some of that savings into where it counts most – performance, specifically, the active dynamics. The result is an even faster car.”

Ultimately, the engine is able to deliver peak torque from 3,500 rpm onward, which isn’t bad for the car’s intended purpose, and it tops out at a respectable 216 mph. But, it leads one to wonder: will there be a more powerful version in coming years?

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PostHeaderIcon Something Amazing Just Happened at Ford's Low-Volume Plant in Ontario

The new Ford GT already has an intriguing storyline behind it. The ink on the official announcement of the new GT wasn’t even dry yet, and Ford had already received insane consumer interest in the new supercar. So much interest, in fact, that the LeMans version was added to Forza 6 early on, and then – to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GT40’s 1966 LeMans victory – a full-sized Lego version of the LeMans racer was created. The LeMans racing program was extended to 2019 while Ford also dropped a GT Heritage edition with old-school livery. Just a few months later, a few GT Prototypes were caught speeding in Colorado and, at the start of December 2016, Lego announced a scaled-down kit of the new GT and LeMans-winning GT40 for the masses. But, that’s not the end of the line for the Ford GT, as it’s in the headlines yet again now that the very first production model has officially rolled off the line.

Let’s not beat around the bush. The new Ford GT is Ford’s halo car, and it was on a tight schedule to not only kick ass at LeMans, but to begin deliveries by the end of 2016. And, as of December 16, 2016, Ford has done just that, as Raj Nair – Ford’s Executive Vice President of Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer – sat down inside the very first production model and personally drove it off the production line. We don’t know who the first few recipients will be, but needless to say, they are about to have a VERY nice Christmas.

When speaking of the new GT, Nair said, “For everyone involved in designing and developing this car, including all of our employees and suppliers, this is a moment to celebrate. The all-new Ford GT is a showcase of our strength in innovation and our commitment to delivering more for our customers – especially related to lightweight materials, aerodynamics, and EcoBoost engine technologies.”

Due to the heavy demand for the best car Ford has developed in a long time, it recently added an extra two years of production for the beast. This means that an extra 500 vehicles will be created by the time the production run is done, with a total of 1,000 production models set to grace this floating marble we call home. You’ve got to give Ford credit. It said it was going to begin deliveries by the end of the year, and it did just that. Even you non-Ford fans have to respect that!

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PostHeaderIcon New Lego Set to Include Le Mans-winning GT40 and New GT

In 2016, Ford returned to Le Mans to celebrate 50 years since the GT40 won the 24-hour event for the first time by racing the second-generation GT. The race car won its class and became the second Ford to triumph at Circuit de la Sarthe. Now, Lego is paying homage to FoMoCo’s success at Le Mans with a two-car set that includes both the old Ford GT40 and the new Ford GT.

Both miniatures feature the same livery as the cars that won their races. For instance, the 1966 GT40 is finished in black with white stripes, gold wheels, and wears the number 2, just like the car that Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon drove to victory half a century ago. As for the 2016 victor, the GT sports the red, white, and blue livery of Chip Ganassi. However, unlike the GT40, the GT is presented with number 66, which finished fourth in class at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. The winning car of Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, and Sebastian Bourdais used number 68.

The new LEGO Speed Champions set will also include racing driver figures for each car, a checkered flag, and even a trophy to recreate Ford’s history-making wins.

“Many people in my team grew up with the legend of Ford’s history-making 1966 victory – and experienced the excitement of building and design for the first time through LEGO bricks,” said Dave Pericak, global director at Ford Performance. “This kit is a powerful way to tell our Le Mans story, and will hopefully inspire the race drivers, engineers, and designers of the future.”

The new GT40 and GT set will be available to order on Lego’s official website starting March 1, 2017. The bundle will cost €34.99 in Europe and £29.99 in the U.K. Pricing for the U.S. market is not yet available, but we expect it to cost around $30 based on stickers for other two-car sets from the Speed Champions series. With the GT40 and GT, Lego’s Ford offerings will increase to six. A Ford Mustang set is on sale now, alongside a Ford F-150 Raptor with trailer, and Ford Model A hot rod.

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PostHeaderIcon Gamers Set Record For Longest Video Game Marathon On A Racing Game

If you thought a 12-hour video game marathon was intense, five gamers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. blew past that time on their way to setting a new Guinness World Record for longest video game marathon on a racing game. Unbelievably, these five individuals played Forza Motorsport 6 in a staggering 48 hours, 29 minutes, and 21 seconds.

Surviving solely on sweets, soft drinks, energy drinks, and power naps, the quintet of gamers did their best Le Mans 24 Hours impersonation by racing the Ford GT at the Le Sarthe circuit for double the time it takes for the actual race to be completed. In doing so, they managed to cover an incredible 41,004 kilometers (25,476 miles), completing 3,015 laps in the process with each gamer clocking in an average of 603 laps. For comparison’s sake, the earth’s circumference is 40,075 kilometers (24,901) miles, so basically these gamers covered more ground with the virtual Ford GT in Forza 6 than the circumference of the planet. In the process of setting the world record, the gamers consumed over three kilos of candy (6.6 pounds), 32 energy drinks, 47 soft drinks, and 146 bottles of water.

All the hard work – yes, these gamers put in some serious work to achieve this record – ultimately paid off as no less than Lena Kehlmann, the official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records, recognized the startling feat as a “superlative effort” on the part of the new record holders. It’s hard not to argue against Kuhlmann’s assessment, especially when you consider that in setting the new record, the gamers had to go all-out on beating the old one, which they did by only 28 minutes.

It’s unclear if these five individuals won anything other than the distinction of being a Guinness World Record holder. If I were in their place, prizes would be have been the last thing on my mind after going through that gruelling marathon. I would’ve asked for a bed and some comfortable pillows too.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Adds Two More Years To Production Of GT Supercar

Ford has some good news to those who were left out on the cold by the selection process of the GT supercar. The company is extending the car’s production for another two years. Unfortunately, it’s going to keep production at its current of 250 cars per year, which means that only 500 new GTs will be build after the first two years. Do the math based on the 6,000 applications who didn’t get the first wave of GT models and the hopefuls will only have an 8.3-percent chance of getting picked, provided that the selection process operates on a level playing field, which it doesn’t.

So while it is incredible news to hear that Ford is doubling the production of the new Ford GT, only a select few will be able to have a chance to buy one. The company didn’t explicitly say how the next selection process will go, but don’t expect Ford to deviate from the methods it used in picking the first 500 owners of the supercar. Just like the last time, Ford will likely favor loyal customers who currently own Ford models. Of particular importance would be the 2005 Ford GT, the predecessor of the current model that played a big part in the first selection process for the new GT. Ford Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair even admitted that 70 percent of the accepted applications for the new GT came from people who own the first GT model.

So there you have it. If you missed out on the initial two-year production run of the new GT supercar, Ford has opened the door for another crack at scoring one. Granted, not everyone’s going to be an owner of the previous GT supercar this time around, so if the desire is still there to score one of the 500 new golden tickets that the Blue Oval is now set to dangle soon, it might be a good idea to stock up on some new Fords. Perhaps a few Mustangs? Maybe 10 Focus RS models?

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PostHeaderIcon Previous Ford GT Owners Get Preferential Treatment In New Ford GT Selection Process

You can like Ford’s unorthodox selection process for the 2017 Ford GT or not, but you can’t deny that the Blue Oval is paying back the loyalty shown by those who can proudly call themselves members of the Ford GT family by virtue of having owned the previous-generation version of the supercar.

Speaking with @FordOnline, Ford Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair opened up on the process by which the company picked the first 500 owners of the new Ford GT and admitted that applicants who own a current Ford model played a big part in getting past the proverbial velvet rope and into the GT club. According to Nair, 87% of the selected Ford GT applicants are existing Ford owners. More importantly, 69% of the accepted applications belonged to those who have specifically owned a previous generation Ford GT.

Do the math on those percentages and of the 500 people lucky enough to get first dibs on the 2017 GT’s initial two-year production run, 435 count them as existing Ford owners and 345 of them have owner a 2005 Ford GT. Take the calculations a step further and of the 4,038 units made of the 2005 GT, roughly eight percent – or less depending on whether they still have the 2005 model – of them will become owners of both versions of the GT supercar.

Even though only 500 of the 6,500 applicants for the new GT supercar will have get the first two-year production run, those who didn’t make the initial cut could still get their hands on the new GT provided that Ford builds more units after 2018, which by all indications, is what’s going to happen.

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PostHeaderIcon Is Ford Already Working on a Special Edition Ford GT?

Despite all the work that engineers put into designing the new Ford GT, not even Ford was prepared for the insane attention the car has gotten since its debut. In fact, the car spawned so much interest that Ford application system was practically overwhelmed with people everywhere wanting to get their hands on the best thing Ford has created in a long, long time (save of the Focus RS, of course.) Needless to say, we already know just about everything there is about the GT – aside from how it actually drives, since Ford has yet to send us one (hint, hint.)

That being the case, can someone please explain to me why a Ford GT rocking swirly camo was caught just cruising down a Michigan Interstate near Detroit? To be honest, it could be any number of reasons, but it’s clearly not in “finalized” form. Check out all the random carbon fiber, and what is with those extra-long exhaust pipes? I don’t recall hearing any rumors of some one-off edition or any other variant of the GT, so what is this guy doing driving one?

I honestly wish I could tell you for certain. I contacted Ford’s PR department for information but have yet to hear a response. That tells me one thing. Either someone is playing a cruel joke, or Ford is up to some kind of secret mission. Either way, it’s sure to turn up some interesting news eventually.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford GT Needs More Than $30K In Dealer Service Center Upgrades

Ford is set to introduce the GT supercar for the 2017 model year and revive the iconic nameplate after an 11-year hiatus. Launched just in time for the 50th anniversary of the original GT40’s win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the new GT is more than just a spectacular revival. The supercar will debut many industry-first technologies for road cars, including a Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield and carbon-fiber and resin compound wheels that provide greater design flexibility.

What’s more, the GT will become Ford’s first car to benefit from bespoke pick-up/delivery service and maintenance/repair process that will require significant investment by each dealer.

With only 250 vehicles to be built for the 2017 and 2018 model year, the GT will be a rare bird. As a result of this and the fact that every vehicle will need special attention during maintenance and repairs, authorized GT service centers will be even rarer. Besides the fact that not all dealers will sell the Ford GT, the ones that will, are required to service the car and thus follow strict protocol to go along with acquiring specific gear to transport and fix the supercar.

Also, because the Ford GT’s hand-built assembly process is outsourced to Multimatic, the service process will be unlike anything Ford dealers have dealt with in the part. The folks over at All Ford Mustangs have recently acquired an internal dealer document detailing the entire process and requirements necessary to become an authorized GT service center and it appears that the new supercar is set to receive the exclusive care only the likes of Ferrari and McLaren give to their vehicles.

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PostHeaderIcon What Does Our Dream Ford GT Look Like?

In case you were unaware, Ford’s 600-horsepower supercar is available for digital dress up right here, giving would-be owners and Blue Oval fanboys a crack at crafting the perfect look for the mid-engine all-‘Merican hero. Of course, perfection is a fickle thing, so I spent my morning coming up with four unique combinations that’ll appeal to a broad range of tastes and likes. I even gave the combinations their own names. Say hello to the Historic, the Stealth Bomber, the Attention Grabber, and the Daytona.

Picking a personal favorite from the bunch isn’t easy, but if it were my $400,000, I’d probably go with the Daytona (I kinda have a thing for blue cars). But that’s just me – we wanna know which configuration you’d take. Did we nail it, or miss the mark here? Tell us in the comments, and don’t to forget to screenshot your own combo and post it for the world to see!

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PostHeaderIcon Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition

The second-generation Ford GT was launched at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. First showcased in prototype form, the supercar was put into production in late 2016 for the 2017 model year. The GT name returned after nearly 10 years since Ford discontinued the first-generation supercar, which took inspiration from the GT40 race car of the 1960s. Having won its first 24 Hours of Le Mans race with the GT40 in 1966, FoMoCo used the second-gen GT to celebrate 50 years since its iconic success. Unlike its predecessors, which used both naturally aspirated and supercharged V-8 engines, the new GT gets its juice from a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 Ford had originally developed for racing. Production of the supercar is limited around 250 units annually.

Having scored a class win with its brand-new race-spec GT at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford continues its 50th anniversary Le Mans celebrations with a limited-edition road car that pays tribute to the vehicle that took the checkered flag in first place back in 1966. Exactly 50 years ago, Ford scored a historic 1-2-3 at Le Mans, defeating Ferrari and achieving the very goal the GT40 was built for. The first car to cross the finish line was a black and silver coupe driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, and the Blue Oval is now offering a modern-day replica to enthusiasts who want to own a piece of Ford Racing history.

“Celebrating the anniversary of Ford’s historic victories at Le Mans has always been a part of the return of the Ford GT,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer. “The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a stunning tribute to the car that kicked off Ford’s string of Le Mans victories in 1966.”

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PostHeaderIcon Ford GT Le Mans Racer Now Available On Forza 6

The Ford GT race car will make its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a little over a week, but before the actual racer returns to the scene of its famous 1-2-3 victory in 1966, gamers of Forza Motorsports 6 will be able to get their hands on the GT’s virtual counterpart. Beginning today, June 7, codes will be sent to gamers who play Forza 6. The codes are free of any charge and can be retrieved on the Xbox Live message inboxes.

The free addition of the GT race car into Forza 6 is the latest in what has been a processional line of hype-generating ideas Ford has concocted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic race car’s historic win at Le Mans. The magnitude of Ford’s dominant showing in Le Mans back in 1966 was felt far and wide in the motor racing world. It also kicked off a dominant run for Ford as it proceeded to win the next three installments of the race, rounding out the late ’60s with four-straight victories in Le Mans. Ford has yet to win the endurance race since its dominant stretch back then, but with the new Ford GT making it’s comeback, there are a lot of expectations on the teams racing with the new Ford GT to at least make a good showing in next weekend’s race. A total of four Ford GTs will compete in the GTE Pro class, all being run by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team.

As for the virtual GTs, well, anybody who plays Forza 6 can get their hands on the race car once they get the codes to download them. Again, the codes come free of charge, although it’s unclear how long the codes will be eligible. Don’t wait for that time to come so when you receive the codes, input them immediately so you can immediately play with the new GT race car.

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PostHeaderIcon Shelby MkII GT40

Carroll Shelby certainly created a name for himself in the 1960s, not the least of his accomplishments being the 1-2-3 win at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1966. That marked the first time an American car had won the iconic race. Shelby’s fame as a car builder skyrocketed in the fallout. To help celebrate the Shelby on his 85th birthday, Shelby Distribution USA and Shelby Automobiles reproduced 255 examples of the GT40 race car for the 2009 model year.

The car was offered the three color schemes, each mimicking the three racing liveries that saw action in the 1966 Le Mans race. In total, 85 examples of each were built. Each car could customized to have either left- or right-hand drive, and were completely road-legal. Each car received a Shelby Automobiles MSO and sales were recorded in the Shelby Registry, making the whole process even more historical. A dash plaque records each car’s build number and authenticity as a legitimate and licensed replica.

The design of the replica Ford GT40 is an exact copy of the originals’, though these 2009 examples were constructed from electro-galvanized sheet steel. This helps prevent rust, ensuring each car lasts for decades to come. The pieces were also laser cut to the exact measurements of the originals.

The only kicker to the MKII GT40 – it was only offered without an engine. Yep, in order to skirt emissions and crash testing regulations, the car was sold as a rolling chassis. Customers were expected to install their own engine, which of course, should only be a 427 Ford V-8. Anything else would be heresy. Those who wanted to track their Shelby MKII GT40 could opt for the available race version. The package included a roll bar, fuel cell, and air conditioner delete.

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PostHeaderIcon Jim Click's Ford Performance Collection Headed To Auction

Auto dealership mogul Jim Click is considered as one of the foremost collector of classic Ford race cars in the world. The man’s collection runs deep, but as is often the case of collectors, there comes a point in time where they have to let go of some of their prized babies. That time has come for Click, who is now in the process of auctioning off some prized Ford racers that make up his Ford Performance Collection. The cars will go under the hammer during RM Sotheby’s auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this August.

The most notable of these cars – and the most expensive – is a 1966 Ford GT40, chassis number P/1061, that’s one of only 31 Mk 1 GT40s Ford ever created. It doesn’t have the same racing pedigree as another GT40 dominating the headlines these days, like the Le Mans-winning P/1046, but it does hold the distinction of being just one of seven GT40s Ford held on to for promotional use. That said, Click himself has raced P/1061 a handful of times since taking ownership of the car in 1992. Some 24 years later, Click is ready to part ways with his black and yellow GT40 with the car expected to go for at least $4 million.

A pair of Shelby 289 Cobras are also headed to the RM Sotheby’s auction. One of these Cobras, CSX 2473, has quite a history of its own, having been owned by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) legend Dan Roberts. It also has one of the richest racing careers of any 289 Competition Cobras, a fact not lost on RM Sotheby’s car specialist Alexander Weaver, who described CSX 2473 as “one of the most successful 289 Competition Cobras in history.” Considering it’s status, it’s safe to say that its estimated sale price of $2.6 million is well deserved. The other 289 Cobra, CSX 2326, has been under the ownership of Click on three separate occasions, most recently in 2007. It’s not expected to sell as high as CSX 2473, but with an estimate price of $1.4 million, it’s still tipped to easily eclipse the seven-figure mark.

Other classics from Click’s Ford Performance Collection will join these three jewels in Pebble Beach, including a pair of Kar Kraft Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am Race Cars and a 1966 Shelby GT350, chassis number SFM 6S2363.

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PostHeaderIcon Restoration Of Le Mans-Winning Ford GT40 Mk II Continues: Video

The restoration of the 1966 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 Mk II P1046 continues with the latest video to come out of RK Motors Charlotte.

If you recall, the first part of the web series was posted last week in which we learned that Rob Kaufman, the owner of RK Motors Charlotte, began an ambitious project to restore the legendary race car back to its championship glory. Together with the help of Rare Drive, Inc., RK Motors Charlotte took the arduous task of bringing P1046 back to the configuration of its history-making achievement, considered by many as the greatest racing moment in Ford history.

Whereas the first video mainly focused on the history of the car, this one gives us a close look on the preparations that have been made and the first task of actually disassembling the race car. As explained by the host, a lot of work was already done on the iconic race car, including the shortening of the tail section, the installation of a large roll cage, and the refitting of the entire interior, which was sadly brushed aside when the car was ignominiously turned into a transmission test mule after its victory in Le Mans.

The entire project is far from complete and more videos are expected to be released in the coming weeks. The plan is for the project to be completed in time for the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it will be participating in the 50th anniversary of Ford’s transcendent victory in the world’s most famous endurance race.

PostHeaderIcon Le Mans-Winning Ford GT40 Racer Set To Undergo Restoration: Video

Fifty years ago, Ford won the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the back of the original Ford GT40 race cars. This year, the American automaker will make its dramatic return to the world’s most famous endurance race, determined to replicate the smackdown its predecessor laid down on Ferrari, that generation’s dominant team.

But before we start to hype the Ford GT’s return to Le Mans, let’s first take a look back at the car that won the 1966 race. Officially, it was the Ford GT40 Mk. II chassis number P1046 that took the checkered flag that day, earning Henry Ford II the vindication he was seeking in his quest to take the dominant Prancing Horses.

But just as P1046 provided Ford with its historical achievement, history turned out to be less gracious with car. Soon after its win, the race car wasn’t immediately enshrined to a museum as it would had it won in modern times. Instead, Ford inexplicably turned it into a transmission test vehicle, an ignominious fate for a history-making race car.

Today, Rob Kaufman, owner of classic car dealer RK Motor Charlotte, is the proud owner of P1046, having bought it back in 2014 with the intention of bringing it back to pristine condition by scrubbing away all those years of neglect it was subjected to. Kaufman even enlisted the help of Rare Drive, Inc., a restoration firm owned by renowned Ford GT40 historian Mark Allin.

Together, the two firms will take on the task of restoring P1046 and will do so while filming the entire process as part of a multi-part web series, titled “#P1046L: The Legend of Le Mans.” The first episode of the series is the video you can watch above and it details the history of the P1046, from its history-making Le Mans triumph all the way to its present condition. The objective is to have the restoration done by the time the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place in June 2016. What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s Le Mans triumph by having the car that won the race make a long-overdue return to the scene of its biggest and most important triumph.

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