Ford GT

Ford GT

Ford Motor Company is reportedly pondering a factory GT program that will see the Detroit-based manufacturer return to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans race after a very long absence. The comeback is scheduled for 2016, SportsCar365 reports citing industry sources, when Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first overall win at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Ford, who is currently providing EcoBoost engines to a prototype program with Riley Technologies in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, is said to be evaluating a factory GT project. If the program comes to fruition, the Blue Oval will join the iconic Le Mans event in the GTE category for production-based cars. Set to receive new regulations for 2016, the GTE class is currently disputed by companies such as Ferrari , Porsche , Chevrolet , and Aston Martin .

While this is great news for every motorsport enthusiasts, our advice is to take this report with a pinch of salt. For Ford to be able to join the famed race in 2016, a vehicle should already be in development, and not just a pending approval. Unless the said race car is a well-guarded secret, chances are slim for Ford to make a comeback to Le Mans as soon as 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about Ford at Le Mans.

Source: sportscar365

To help continue theFourth of July celebrations here at TopSpeed, I have decided to take at look at how the American car has impacted the world. Europe is typically quoted with having the best cars, but here are some American machines that have stepped up and shown the world that we know what we are doing.

We may not have created the car, but we are responsible for the way they drive, the way they are made and we even made some major contributions to the world of performance and horsepower. Put down that hot dog for a few seconds and take a quick look back through history at America’s greatest contributions to the world of internal combustion. That cooler full of cold beverages and that box of explosives will both still be there when you get done.

Continue reading to find out America’s greatest contributions to the world of the automobile.

We all know that Barrett-Jackson is no stranger to the rarest, meanest and sexiest the automotive world has ever seen, and we know that the auction house is also used to eight- and nine-digit takes at the end of each auction. Well, the 2014 Palm Beach Auction was no different than every other one, as it pulled in a cool $25 million. Sure, that is relatively small by B-J standards, but for Palm Beach, that is a pretty good tally. Surprisingly, there was only one true supercar in the whole lineup this year.

This trumps last year’s $21 million, and makes it the second-largest tally since the massive $32 million B-J did in 2007. In total, there were 509 cars sold, and seven of those cars had their proceeds go to charities. These seven cars netted a total of $2.35 million dollars for their respective charities. All of these totals are well and good, but we are here to talk about the cars that really lit up Barrett-Jackson’s coffers, like the incredible $1,000,000 that the 2015 Corvette Z06 drew in and the nine remaining six-digit totals that make up the top-ten highest sales figures at Palm Beach.

Click past the jump to see the entire list of the top sellers.

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Ford GT is no doubt one of the most powerful and fastest cars in the world, but with the right updates it can get even better than the stock version. In this video you will meet the fastest GT ever: equipped with a supercharger, two turbos and a little shot of nitrous, this special Ford GT run the quarter mile in 9.39 seconds at a speed of 151 mph.

Next to making this Ford GT supercar faster than ever, these changes also completely updated the sound of the V-8 powerplant, so the video is a must see for any GT fan out there.

For those of you whom do not remember, Ford GT is powered by a 5.4 liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 205 mph.

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More V-8 supercar news. This time it is an American car with a massively powerful V-8 in the form of a Ford GT X1 TT . This highly modified Ford GT has been worked up on by Rich Brooks from the The GT Guy LLC. The engine in this car puts out no less than 1000 horsepower.

Ford built the Ford GT in 2004 as a replacement for the Le Mans winning Ford GT40. The company produced just over 4000 units of the GT. The standard car was powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 coupled with a supercharger.

The thirsty configuration was able to put down 550 horsepower. The car was designed along the lines of the original with flared rear haunches and low roof line. It was pretty unique car this.

Rich Brooks was able to double the output by adding a twin-turbo contraption to the already powerful 5.4-liter V-8 to a rare, limited edition Ford GT X1. Just 30 examples were ever built as part of a deal with the Genaddi Design Group.

The twin-turbo 1000 horsepower V-8 was then called the Ford GT X1 TT. At present, the car is in the U.S. with 3700 miles on the odometer and is up for sale for $450,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford GT

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Hennessey’s Ford GT didn’t get to enjoy its supremacy at the Texas Mile for too awful long. Back in March, it hit a blistering top speed of 267.6 mph at the biannual event in Corpus Christi, Texas. Now it looks as if that record has already been broken.

We cannot confirm that this is an official record just yet, but the above video show a Ford GT prepared by M2K Motorsports hitting a top speed of 278.2 mph. It looks like the new record was confirmed on the Official Texas Mile Facebook Page, so it is well on its way of becoming official.

We have a few details on this Ford GT prepared by M2K Motorsports, but it looks like it delivers somewhere in the 2,000 horsepower area, so it’s no surprise that it cranked out this outrageous top speed.

Check out the above video to see this monster Ford GT hit 278 mph.

Click past the jump to see the Texas Mile teaser video and one of this Ford GT on the dyno

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Ford unveiled the GT40-> ] in 1964, and it proceeded to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times between 1966 and 1969. What’s more, in 1966 with Henry Ford II himself attending the Le Mans, the GT40 provided Ford with the first overall Le Mans victory for an American manufacturer.

Now, after almost 50 years, the GT40 makes a historic return to Goodwood in the first-ever, one-make race. This video presents the GT40 legend Jackie Stewart, GT40 owner Adrian Newey and Indy racer Kenny Brack explaining why the legend of the Le Mans racer is so enduring.

You will also get a look at the GT40 being pushed to its limits, so for sure it worth watching.

As a reminder, the original GT40 was powered by a 4.7-liter, V-8 engine borrowed from the Mustang mated to a Hewland LG500, four-speed manual. The most powerful version was the MK IV that delivered a total of 500 horsepower.

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Galpin Auto Sports pulled back the tight black car cover today on the eagerly anticipated 2013 Galpin GTR1 hypercar. Sitting on the grass of Pebble Beach right next to McLaren and across from Ferrari , the GTR1 has some big shoes to fill this weekend. Luckily, it’s a futuristic rocket of a supercar with a carbon-fiber shell over a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged V-8 producing 1,024 horsepower.

Yessir, you read that right. And that is the conservative range of possibilities, with race gas taking the power count well past 1,200 horsepower. The original quoted number is the most elegant however, as it matches this exotic beauty’s $1,024,000 price tag. $1,000 per horsepower seems fair looking at the slinky GTR1 in the sunshine.

Available for orders now, the GTR1 is sitting pretty tonight and rolling on the show grass tomorrow. A futuristic take on the LeMans-style supercar, the GTR1 keeps the Ford GT ’s delightful cockpit and tough six-speed manual transaxle to the back wheels. The power bump comes with a half-foot stretch in width and about a foot in overall length and wheelbase. The resulting road presence is something from the realms of sci-fi or supercar dreams.

The Galpin team deserves praise for delivering this fantastic marvel such a thorough exterior redesign as to make it original (versus the Ford GT ). This is truly a bespoke hypercar, in a similar way as the McLaren 12C versus the McLaren P1 .

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 Galpin GTR1, including pricing information and a huge gallery of photos.

The Texas Mile has once again come and gone and if there was a takeaway from the weekend festivities, it’s Hennessey Performance’s show-stopping run that clearly became the news of the weekend.

According to The Texas Mile’s Facebook page, the fancily dressed Ford GT1000 managed to hit a blistering top speed of 267.6 mph at the biannual event in Corpus Christi, Texas.

267.6 mph, everybody!

If that speed is fully corroborated - and we no reason to believe it won’t be - then Hennessey’s GT has just set a new record, handily beating the 263.3 mph it set last October and the 257.7 mph top speed it did this time last year.

We expect to see an official update at any time with some more photos and videos of the Hennessey GT’s blistering top speed run.

For what it’s worth, though, big props to the fellas over at Hennessey for once again setting a new bar in man’s insatiable quest of driving faster than it ever has before.

Note: Photo courtesy of The Texas Mile’s Facebook page

UPDATE 3/16/2013: Hennessey has released the video of the record-setting run be the GT. You can see it above.

While the entire world was busy watching the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, on the other side of the globe - in Florida - the 2013 Amelia Island Concours was being held. The 18th edition of the show celebrated the 50th anniversary of models like Ford GT40, Porsche 911, Corvette Sting Ray and company Lamborghini.

There were more than 300 cars presented at the show and, as usual, the jury had to choose the Best of Show and Best of Show Sport. Best in Show was selected was a 1936 Duesenberg SJN owned by Helen and Jack Nethercutt of the Nethercutt Collection. The SJN features a convertible coupe body and is powered by a straight-eight engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower.

Best of Show Concours de Sport was a model celebrating its 50th anniversary: the Ford GT40 . The car is owned by the Rocky Mountain Auto Collection and has a pretty impressive history, as it scored numerous winnings for the Gulf Oil / J.W. Automotive Engineering team and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both 1968 and 1969.

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