The Ford GT first captured the hearts and minds of many drivers around the world in the mid-2000s. A mid-engine, two-seater sports car produced by Ford for the 2005 and 2006 model years, the Ford GT was inspired by the GT40 racing cars of the American car maker in the 60s.
Don’t look now but the Fort GT will be making a comeback. Ford will be producing 500 units of the Ford GT for the 2017 model year, with prices starting at $400,000. Aside from its 3.5 liter, V6 engine that can churn out more than 600 horsepower, the Ford GT will feature carbon fiber body and seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission system.
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Ford GT Specifications
|Production||2004 - Present|
|Length||4,640 mm (182.8 inches)|
|Width||1,950 mm (76.9 inches)|
|Height||1,130 mm (44.3 inches)|
|Weight||1,520 kg (3,351 pounds)|
|Fuel Delivery||Twin Turbo|
|Number of Gears||7|
|Engine Size||3.5 Litre|
|Top Speed||321 kmh (200 mph)|
|Power||450 kW (600hp)|
|List Price (US)||$400,000|
Ford GT 2005
The Ford GT 2005 was unveiled in time for the Centennial celebration of Ford in 2003. A year later, it was debuted in the market as a modern reincarnation of the GT40 that beat Ferrari in the late ‘60s. The same endurance racing car swept the 24 Hours of Le Mans race for four consecutive years from 1966 to 1969.
The two-seat Ford GT was priced at an astonishing $140,000. However, it was equipped with many advanced technologies from a V8 engine, aluminum chassis, capless fuel filler, and cross-drilled Brembo brakes. It also featured a carbon-fiber engine cover.
While getting inside the Ford GT isn’t that easy no thanks to its door frames extending well into the roof, the supercar though offers a lot of space for both the driver and passenger. In fact, even NBA players would be able to sit well and comfortably inside the Ford GT.
Its cockpit has an interesting blend of new and old elements, from its wide-gauge cluster, red starter button, large toggle switches, and metal shift knob. It also has carbon-fiber seats, magnesium center console, and illuminated climate controls.
The first Ford GT was highly capable. Blessed with a supercharged, 5.4 L V8 engine, the Ford GT could zoom from 0 to 60 miles an hour in a blistering 3.5 seconds. The engine produced 500 horsepower and 500-pound feet of torque and mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
Ford GT 2006
The next model of the Ford GT featured an aluminum chassis, double wishbone suspension, 18-inch front wheels, and 19 inch rear wheels. It also had special high-speed tires.
The power was supplied by a supercharged, 5.4-liter aluminum V8 engine that churned out an amazing 550 horsepower and 500-pound feet of torque. All that power was transferred from the engine to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
The Ford GT 2006 model was very similar to its predecessor as far as performance on the road is concerned. It could also zoom to 60 miles in 3.5 seconds, and go past the quarter mile in around 12 seconds.
The Ford GT 2006 drives like a race car on open roads or at the track. Drivers who were fortunate enough to handle this car say it is very much a sports coupe in every sense of the word, particularly in terms of ease of use and drivability.
As you would expect from a supercar, the Ford GT was packed with features like keyless entry, power windows, HID lights, and a CD audio system.
The 2006 Ford GT had a price tag of $149,500.
Ford had originally planned to produce 4,500 units of the Ford GT. However, only 4,038 units came out of its factory by the time the production of the Ford GT was halted on September 21, 2006.
Still, it cannot be denied that it was one of the top cars of its time. It was featured on the highly popular video game Gran Turismo 4. It was also part of the Transformers: Alternators storyline, with robot characters Mirage and Rodimus turning into the Ford GT.
Ford GT 2017
The second generation Ford GT will be powered by a 3.5 liter Ecoboost engine with twin turbochargers. While there are no specifics as of yet, reports have it that this car will have an output of at least 600 horsepower. It will also be available as a rear-wheel drive instead of an all-wheel drive.
The Ford GT will have a design that is different from its older siblings. Its mid-engine design yields to a long wedge shape. It also has a sloped GT nose with dual ducts, giving it a menacing look. At the back are a set of canon exhaust outlets, with an aggressive rear diffuser on the lower part.
The Ford GT will also incorporate a lot of new features, like carbon fiber wheels. These wheels allow greater design flexibility resulting in improved dynamics, ride quality, and reduced weight.
It will also be the first production vehicle to showcase a gorilla glass windshield. Gorilla glass is a kind of glass that’s thin, light, and damage resistant. It’s the same material used in portable devices like laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.
Ford says that this windshield is a lot thinner than the typical laminate glass, improving handling in the process by lowering the center of gravity of the vehicle. It also improves the windshield in terms of durability as gorilla glass windshield is scratch-resistant.
The new reincarnation of the GT will be available in classic colors like white, black, silver, grey, as well as bright and vivid hues such as liquid blue, liquid red, and triple yellow. Buyers will also have the option to have their units finished in matte black.
The Ford GT Engine
The 2017 Ford GT is powered by a 3.5 Litre twin-turbo V6 engine. The engine delivers 450 kW (600hp) of power through a 7 speed semi-automatic transmission.
The Ford GT Top Speed
The performance of the Ford GT is as impressive as its looks. The car can accelerate from 0-100 kmh (0-60 mph) in just 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of over 321 kmh (200 mph).
The Ford GT Interior
The interior of the Ford GT is a raced inspired cockpit. the steering wheel contains controls for almost all aspect of the car. The dash is a large digital display providing all the information about the car.
The finish is a mixture of chrome and carbon fiber and it looks amazing.
Ford GT Price
You can not simply walk into a Ford dealership and buy a new GT. You need to apply and be approved before you purchase. If you are lucky enough to be able to buy one it will cost you over USD$400,000.
Ford GT Celebrity Owners
Speaking of buyers, there have been a reported 7,000 prospective buyers of the new Ford GT. But only 500 of them were approved by Ford to own the reincarnated GT.
Among them are celebrities Deadmau5, baseball player, and car enthusiast C.J. Wilson, and YouTube star Shmee150.
If you’re one of those dreaming of owning a Ford GT in the future, don’t worry. Ford will accept applications for this unit early 2018. Just make sure you that you have $400,000 plus a lot of luck if you want to be a proud owner of a Ford GT.