The story of an icon and its new outfit.
The name Ford GT obliges, because behind the name there is a legend - the Ford GT40. In the early sixties, Ford's image began to fade. The first move was to introduce one of car history's most successful car launches, the Ford Mustang. With the Mustang Ford made a half-hearted venture into motorsport.
The Mustang is a classic but it was not enough. Ford then tried to buy Ferrari, but Enzo said no when Ford demanded that the motor sports part of Ferrari would also be included, which Enzo would not agree to. When they did not succeed, they moved on to English Lola, and Eric Broadley, who accepted the offer.
“Thus, Lola GT became the model for Ford GT40”
Mid-engine and a large V8 engine, 4.1-7 liters, 390-530 hp. In total, 105 cars were built, all designed for racing. The GT won Le Mans four times and to win there was Henry Ford II's mission.
The new generation of Ford GT started out as a concept in connection with Ford celebrating 100 years as a car manufacturer. The GT exterior was very similar to the GT40, but otherwise a brand new car. A symbolic difference was that the GT40 was 40 inches high (1 m) while the GT is 3 inches higher.
The concept was presented in 2002 at the Detroit Auto Show and in 2004 the production started and up until 2008, 4,038 cars were manufactured. The first generation GT had a 5.4-liter pressure-fed V8 with 550 hp. 0-100 in 3.3 sec, top speed around 330 km/h.
The next generation Ford GT was presented in 2015 and went into production 2016 - 50 years after the Ford GT40's first win in Le Mans 24 hour. In 2016, the new GT won its class at Le Mans.
“Ford will make one car a day until 2020”
Not only will it be enormously expensive, but you also have to apply to be allowed to own a Ford GT. However, it is not enough to just apply; Ford places requirements on you for you to be approved. The requirements are that you should have owned the last generation GT, you have to drive the car often and also be active on social media.
Four to five cars are supposed to be destined for Sweden and no doubt the new GT will become a classic and carry on its status as an icon.
Engine: 3.5 liter EcoBoost, V6, 3.5-liter twin- turbo engine. The power is 647 hp, the torque is 745 Nm. Mid-engine.