Archive for the ‘Ford Gt’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Check Out This Ridiculous Ford GT40 Movie Rig from Ford V Ferrari

Making a movie like the just-released Ford vs Ferrari film requires a lot of on-track camera work, some of the creative variety. Look no further than this behind-the-scenes video posted on YouTube by Fab TV, showing what just might be one of the most unusual camera rigs you’ll ever see. That, folks, is a replica Ford GT40, except that it’s only half of the car. The other half is a giant tube-framed platform that not only supports an external driver but, more importantly, a full-blown production setup that includes multiple cameras. This is the kind of movie production razzmatazz that you can expect in 2019. It’s strange, awesome, and downright weird, all rolled into one.

PostHeaderIcon The New Ford v. Ferrari Movie, The History Behind It, and Why That GT40 On the IMAX Poster is Inaccurate

“This is David vs. Goliath vs. Goliath,” said leading actor Christian Bale that plays veteran sports car racing ace Ken Miles in the upcoming ’Ford v. Ferrari’ movie that’ll park in a cinema near you from November 15. It’s a story about racing as much as it is a story about business affairs that become personal and about what you can achieve if you’re willing to throw infinite amounts of cash at a problem. It’s the story about Ford’s first outright success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that ended a six-year winning spree for Scuderia Ferrari.

’Ford v. Ferrari’ (or ’Le Mans ’66’ in Europe and other places) is the first movie to take us back to Le Mans since 2003’s Michel Vaillant. Those scenic country roads in France that play host to the most famous sports car endurance race in the world over a weekend in June were first showcased to moviegoers almost 50 years ago when Steve McQueen put his fortune and reputation on the line to create ’Le Mans’. ’Ford v. Ferrari’ looks at the 1966 edition of the race but you can’t tell that by looking at the recently released IMAX poster. So, why are Bale and co-star Matt Damon seen propped up against a weird-looking Ford GT40?

PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S vs. Ford GT – Who Wins the Half-Mile Drag Race?

The new Ford GT is an amazing machine. It might be a little overpriced compared to other models in the same niche (and especially now that Chevy has a mid-engined coupe that starts well below the $100,000 mark), but it’s a true successor to the original GT, even with that EcoBoost V-6 hidden behind the seats. But, how does it compare against something a little more exotic, more powerful, and significantly cheaper? How does it compete against something like, say, the McLaren 720S?

Well, Youtube channel DragTimes set out to determine exactly that as it put these two low-riding supercars to the test in a half-mile shootout. The results are pretty much what you would expect but, there might be a little twist in there as well (we’ll let you watch the video to find out for yourself.) Before you click play, though, let me remind you what we’re working with here.

The Ford GT has a 3.5-liter V-6 that’s good for 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque while the McLaren 720S has a 4.0-liter V-8 with 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The difference in power-to-weight ratio isn’t much, though as the 720S is a bit heavier (3,053 pounds vs. 3,167 pounds). The GT pumps out 0.212 horsepower per pound while the 720S pumps out 0.224 horsepower per pound. That’s a difference of 0.2 seconds to 60 mph in favor of the 720S, which is also nearly a second quicker to the end of a quarter-mile strip. How do they stack up in a half-mile sprint, though? Well, check out the video below to find out for yourself.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Ford GT Mk II Quirks and Facts

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Revealed as a sort of a swan song for the latest generation of the Ford GT family, the newest Ford GT Mk II track edition is the most extreme representation of the ethos created out of sheer necessity for speed. Revealed at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb where it won the Supercar Shootout class by running up the hill in 52.04 seconds, the Ford GT Mk II brings several specific track virtues unknown to its road-going brother.

This Ford GT does not adhere to any rule; it does not look to compete with any established competitors, but it will be faster than any of them. Developed in conjunction with Ford’s race partner Multimatic, the Ford GT Mk II Track Edition is probably the most extreme evolution of this very car we will ever see. This is what you need to know about it.

PostHeaderIcon Ford’s Goodwood surprise is the MK II GT track monster

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Having spawned a successor race car, the Ford GT has been transformed into a track-only customer car. Called the Ford GT Mk II, it broke cover at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed and takes the American supercar to the next level by providing a program similar to those offered by Ferrari and McLaren.

PostHeaderIcon Rules of Owning a Ford GT

More than 6,500 people applied for the new Ford GT when Ford released its application program back in 2016. An unprecedented demand sparked a bit of chaos within Ford who allocated only 1,000 units for production. In 2018, Ford extended the production to add 350 units for a total production output of the new Ford GT of 1,350 units. Of course, the company will produce all the cars over a number of years, and you can expect the 1350th unit not to leave the production facility until 2022. As this is an exclusive halo supercar, with Le Mans racer inspired technology, and some serious track capability, Ford had to create some rather incredible rules that owners have to follow.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Teases Mystery GT Supercar Ahead of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Ford just released a shadowy teaser of a GT supercar and promised to deliver “exciting news” about it at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The vehicle, described as an “ultra-high-performance supercar” will break cover on July 4.

PostHeaderIcon Ford To Race With Historic Liveries For GT’s Le Mans Swansong

The Ford GT in racing trim is both one of the most successful and one of the most controversial GT racing cars of the past decade. Having debuted in 2016 when the road car was yet to see the gleaming floors of a dealership, the GTE-spec Ford GT will retire as a factory race car after this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race, the final round of the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship Super-Season. The good news is that it’ll do it by giving a final tribute to its forerunners from half a century ago.

We’re less than a month away from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 87th running of the most famous sports car endurance race in the world. Last year, Porsche wowed the crowds with a pair of retro-liveried Porsches, namely the No. 91 Manthey Racing entry that sported a Rothmans-inspired color scheme and the No. 92 Manthey Racing entry that threw it back to 1971 and the emblematic Porsche 917/20 ’Pink Pig.’ A full year has gone by and, now, it is Ford’s turn to delve into its storied past. If Porsche’s performance last year (a pole with the No. 91 car in the hands of Gianmaria Bruni and the victory in the GTE-Pro class with the No. 92 squad) is any indication of how retro-liveried entries fare at Le Mans, the Ford works program will end with a bang.

PostHeaderIcon A 2006 Ford GT Just Beat Bugatti, Hennessey, and Koenigsegg Across the 300-MPH Barrier

M2K Motorsport just made history by breaking the 300 mph barrier with its heavily customized 2006 Ford GT during the last day of the Texas Mile event held at the Victoria Regional Airport. Achieving 300.4 mph (483.44 kph) within a mile is their highest achievement and a testament to the ever going development of the 2,500 horsepower, 2006 Ford GT.

PostHeaderIcon Can an Amateur Push the 2017 Ford GT to It’s Rated Top Speed?

The 2017 Ford GT is a car so exclusive it’s not even built by Ford. It’s also the most expensive new car you can buy that proudly wears the Blue Oval on it with an MSRP of $453,000. Also, it can reach 210.5 mph in less than three miles from a standing start. Impressive, even for a car with 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque at its disposal.

The second-generation Ford GT is one of the most hyped cars to come out of the U.S. in the past decade or so. That’s because it shares its name with one of the most illustrious sports cars ever made and because everyone was keen to see how Ford would reinvent the GT again after doing the same thing 2003. The result is a car that stays true to the original in styling but also adds plenty of modern cues to turn heads almost anywhere it appears. But, this time, we’re not talking about looks because what matters is raw speed and the GT delivers in that department compellingly.

PostHeaderIcon Watch a 2018 Ford GT and a 2018 Ferrari 488 Spider Duke it Out Over the Half Mile

If you’ve spent any time at all trolling the wild, rugged landscape that is an online performance enthusiast forum, you’ll know that bench racing is pretty much par for the course. Quoted performance numbers and test session lap times are ammunition for these sorts of debates, but all that ends the second you step into the real world. This is where it really matters, as documented in the following 11-minute, 10-second video from our friends at DragTimes. Hit play, and you’ll bear witness to the second-generation Ford GT running head-to-head with the Ferrari 488 Spider in an all-out acceleration test down a half-mile strip of blacktop.

PostHeaderIcon The Curious Case of John Cena’s Ford GT

The Ford GT that once belonged to John Cena is back in the news again for the same reason it’s appeared in the news so many times before. As improbable — maybe even impossible — as it sounds, the Liquid Blue Metallic Ford GT is back up for auction for the third time in the last two years. This time, the GT will once again go through Mecum Auctions, which, coincidentally, handled the supercar the last time it went up for auction at its Dallas event…four months ago. Say what you will about the Ford GT’s appeal, but it’s hard to imagine what kind of jinx this GT is carrying that’s turned it into the supercar equivalent of a hot potato.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Manages to Ban Mecum from Selling the 2017 Ford GT Without Permission

While it’s certainly the case that we’re living in a special time with regards to enthusiast vehicles, the flip side is a tangle of profit-seeking and litigious backlash, as Mecum Auctions found out after it sold a 2017 Ford GT in Indianapolis.

PostHeaderIcon The First 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Beat the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and 2020 Toyota Supra at Auction

It’s no secret that the collector car market is red hot right now, and that was clearly evident at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona this past weekend, where one of Ford’s finest crossed the block for a whopping $2.5 million.

PostHeaderIcon Watch a Ford GT Go Head-to-Head with a Lamborghini Aventador

Having friends with a lot of money pays off. I am presenting to you an awesome drag race between the Ford GT and the Lamborghini Aventador. The two supercars went head-to-head in a showdown where we could witness two completely different supercar cultures clashing with a bang.

Yet, before I get into the subtle intricacies and nuances about the Ford GT and the Lamborghini Aventador, I have to say that guys at DragTimes did a wonderful job of taking the right time for the cars they let loose at the drag strip.

I have to reveal one secret right now though. The Ford GT did a few ¼ of a mile runs even before going head-to-head in a rolling drag race against the Aventador. It achieved a top speed of 132.3 mph and covered ¼ of a mile in a freaking 10.89 seconds. It could do it in 10.5 with some subtle tweaks.

PostHeaderIcon Superformance Future GT Forty

Here’s the latest Superformance classic-looking Ford GT40. The American masters of continuation GT40s unveiled at the SEMA Show the Future GT Forty prototype which draws its inspiration from both the original 1960s GT40 Mk. and the modern, Le Mans-winning, V-6 Ecoboost-poweredFord GT GTLM race cars.

The South-African Superformance company has been building painstakingly accurate GT40 recreations for over a decade and a half. Their cars are officially licensed to use the GT40 name and even eligible for the GT40 register, which means the Blue Oval fully approves of these beasts.

This latest model, presented after an 18-months-long buildup in the MagnaFlow booth at the SEMA Show, features the same livery as the 2017 GTE-Pro Le Mans-winning Ford GT built by Multimatic and a host of aerodynamic and mechanical upgrades that increase the GT40s prowess around any race track.

Keep reading to learn more about the Superformance Future GT Forty

PostHeaderIcon Ford GT Carbon Series

The second-generation Ford GT was launched for the 2017 model year as a revival of the limited-edition supercar that the Blue Oval first produced between 2004 and 2006. The modern GT is also a tribute to the original GT40 from the 1960s and marked Ford’s return to endurance racing. Following a handful of special-edition model, Ford created the Carbon Series, a lightweight version of the standard GT.

Fitted with an extended range of carbon-fiber parts as standard, including wheels, the Carbon Series is nearly 40 pounds lighter than the regular GT. It also features extra carbon inside the cabin, as well as customized seats and a dashboard badge. Is it more powerful? No, but the fact that it’s lighter makes it a more nimble car on the race track.

PostHeaderIcon Raised Ford GT is another kind of Raptor

Supercars are designed and built to accelerate and go around corners quickly on smooth tarmac, but what if you have one with raised suspension, body cladding, and beefy off-road rims and tires? It’d probably look somewhere along the lines of this digitally manipulated previous-generation Ford GT and would even be decent off-road, but nowhere near as good as it originally was on-road.

PostHeaderIcon John Cena’s 2017 Ford GT is Getting Passed Around Like a Dirty Diaper

The Ford GT once owned by WWE superstar John Cena is back up for sale. It’s the fourth time — maybe fifth? — that Cena’s Ford GT is on the market and the second time in the past month alone. The Liquid Blue Ford GT last hit the auction block during Monterey Car Week back on August 25. Barely a month later — seriously, it’s only September 24 — the supercar us now listed in Mecum’s auction next month.

PostHeaderIcon Ford GT Heritage Edition

As if the Ford GT isn’t awesome enough in its own right, Ford is adding to the supercar’s appeal with the launch of a new Heritage Edition showcase, one where the GT gets dressed up in the iconic light blue and orange Gulf Oil livery. The new Heritage Edition model is a fitting follow-up to the red Ford GT Heritage Edition that Ford introduced earlier this month. The Gulf Oil livery isn’t the only unique feature of this new special edition GT; it also comes with a number of exclusive touches, all added to ensure that this special edition model upholds the exclusivity attached to the Gulf Oil livery.

Update 1/29/2019: We’ve updated this review with images we took at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Enjoy!

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