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Three Ford GT Prototypes Caught Speeding In Colorado

Three Ford GT Prototypes Caught Speeding In Colorado

Even the Blue Oval’s prized new exotic isn’t immune to getting flagged by the police

Supercars may be able to outrun police cars in Hollywood movies, but in the real world, these exotics are still no match for the radar gun. A trio of Ford GT prototypes found that out the hard way when they were pulled over for speeding in Colorado. According to a report from the Vail Daily, the three supercars were going faster than the 50-mph speed in limit in the area where they were flagged by officers from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado State Patrol.

The cars were inspected and reportedly contained plenty of data-collecting equipment, which points to the belief that all three cars were in the middle of high-altitude testing when they found themselves in the crosshairs of law enforcement authorities.

It’s unclear if the drivers of the three GT prototypes were ticketed for speeding, but given the reason behind them clocking faster speeds than they should’ve been doing, it wouldn’t be surprising if the drivers were let off on warnings to observe proper road rules, even for testing purposes.

As a refresher, the Ford GT is the Blue Oval’s latest supercar masterpiece. It follows the lineage of the Ford GT40 racers that dominated Le Mans in the 1960’s and the original GT supercar that was launched in 2005 in limited quantities. The new GT is powered by a 3.5 liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 engine that produces more than 600 horsepower, good enough to post a top speed of 205 mph.

Given its capabilities, it is worth wondering how fast those three prototypes were going to catch the attention of Colorado’s law enforcement authorities.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Spaceships On Wheels

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Spaceships On Wheels

Live long and go faster

As a child, I used to fantasize all the time about zipping around the galaxy in my own personal spaceship. I still do, actually, but that’s not the point. The point is that the folks who call the shots at the world’s top automakers are just as prone to flights of fancy, but unlike the cardboard-box dreams you and I have, these people have the means to make it happen – on four wheels, that is. And that’s awesome, because if you take a second to look around, you’ll realize automotive spaceships are all over the place. Here’s our Top 5.

The criteria for this list are pretty simple. First off, we limited it to production cars, which means no one-offs. However, race cars and anything not street legal is okay, given that highway patrol has yet to deploy a space division. Beyond that, warp speeds and exotic materials are a must, as is interplanetary styling.

All strapped in? Enjoy the flight! Three… two… one…

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2016 IMSA Michelin GT Challenge at VIR - Race Report

2016 IMSA Michelin GT Challenge at VIR - Race Report

Corvette wins after close battle with Ford GT

Four and a half decades ago, the IMSA GT Championship started out as just that – a GT-based series where various Porsches, Chevrolets and others battled on Americas best road courses. Now, most of those road courses are gone, Riverside being just one example off the top of my head, but that spirit lives on in one of the rounds of today’s IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship.

I’m talking about the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway.

Since its reopening in the early 1990s, VIR has proved to be a popular venue for both pro- and amateur-level race series as it retains some of that lost spirit of pure road racing, a spirit that was lost with the advancement in safety regulations that oftentimes regarded miles of asphalt run-off area as mandatory and the general flattening of the road surface. There’s nothing flat at VIR and, what is more, every mistake is penalized harshly with a trip through the grass that’s guaranteed to fill your splitter with the green stuff. This is why IMSA first visited VIR in 2012 and has, since 2014, hosted a GT-only round here.

This year, the VIR round was rocked by two unexpected announcements from Porsche-running GT-D teams, precisely the no. 22 Alex Job Racing/Weathertech Porsche and the no. 73 Park Place Motorsport cars, both dropping from the series with immediate effect citing BoP inequalities. This dropped the GT-D car count to only 12 for the third to last event on this year’s calendar and cleared the way for some discussions over why those teams really quit, given the respectable performance of the no. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche that did not leave the series (it has taken a number of poles in 2016 and podiums).

Corvette dominated the proceedings all the way through practice and qualifying on the 3.27-mile-long track, the No. 3 snatching the pole position ahead of the sister No. 4 Magnussen’s blistering 1:41:557 was almost three tenths quicker than Joey Hand’s 1:41:817 that landed the No. 66 Ford on the second row of the grid. Risi’s Ferrari was fourth with the first time in the 1:42s, all nine of the GT-LM cars surpassing Nick Tandy’s benchmark lap time from 2015, a 1:42:532. Tandy himself turned a 1:42:276 to qualify seventh.

1:44:956 was Madison Snow’s unbeatable benchmark time in GT-D, a time that earned the Paul Miller Racing driver his first pole position. Matt Bell’s 1:45:247 was enough to get the Stevenson Motorsport Audi No. 9 on the front row of the class while Dream Racing’s Huracan and Stevenson’s other R8 made up the second row. Making up the top five was Corey Lewis’ Lamborghini which posted a 1:45:372.

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

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

Five gamers race Ford GT for over 48 hours on Forza 6

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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Ford Adds Two More Years To Production Of GT Supercar

Ford Adds Two More Years To Production Of GT Supercar

500 more models will be built of the GT, bringing the supercar’s total production number to 1,000 units

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

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

Loyalty played as big a part as any in Ford’s owner selection process for the 2017 GT supercar

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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Is Ford Already Working on a Special Edition Ford GT?

Is Ford Already Working on a Special Edition Ford GT?

We can’t say for sure, but there is something interesting going on here...

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

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

Maintaining and servicing a Ford GT is both complicated and costly. Here’s why

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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2017 Ford GT

2017 Ford GT

The iconic GT returns after a 10-year hiatus

The Ford GT40 was a purpose-built car that was designed to put Enzo Ferrari in his place at Le Mans, and it did just that. Unfortunately, it was only produced for two years before being discontinued but, for 2018, Ford debuted the second generation that will be known as the Ford GT.

On the outside, there are plenty of hints that point back to the GT40, like the overhang at the front fascia and the air intakes behind the rear doors, but otherwise, the car is sleeker and looks much more modern and

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ish. Inside, the car is built for control and usability. The seats are integrated into the shell to give the drive a better overall feel, and the car features an adjustable steering wheel and pedals. There are two display screens and soft touch surfaces here and there. While it was expected to use a turbocharged version of the flat-plane crank V-8 from the GT350 Mustang, Ford decided to go with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost unit with twin turbochargers. No specifics have been provided as of yet, but it should deliver at least 600 horses.

The best news so far is the fact that Ford decided to skip going with an all-wheel-drive setup, and instead decided to stick with the traditional rear-wheel-drive orientation, making the new Ford GT a true driver’s car. All told, the new Ford GT is hands down, the best supercar to ever be developed in the history of the blue oval brand. With a legendary history behind it and modern materials throughout, the Ford GT is sure to recreate and surpass the Ford GT40’s success.

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What Does Our Dream Ford GT Look Like?

What Does Our Dream Ford GT Look Like?

Four combos that’ll knock your socks off

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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Ford GT Racing Program Extended Until 2019

Ford GT Racing Program Extended Until 2019

Ford will compete in the WEC and IMSA for another two years after its initial timetable

After a hugely successful comeback at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford announced plans to extend its commitment to motor racing through the 2019 season, opening the door for the company’s racing division to compete in the World Endurance Championships and the IMSA for the next three years. Ford initially revealed plans to race the Ford GT in the 2016 and 2017 racing seasons only.

Ford executive vice president and chief Raj Nair commented on the automaker’s decision by emphasizing Ford’s commitment to motor racing in the wake of its dominant 1-3-4 performance in the GTE Pro class at Le Mans. The result not only proved that Ford’s GT racing program was a huge success, but it also showed the automaker that it has the potential to be a major player in the racing scene for the next few years.

Ford is currently competing in GTE Pro in the WEC and GT Le Mans in IMSA with two separate teams, both running under the Chip Ganassi banner. The two teams came together at Le Mans to post one of the most impressive results of any Ford-backed racing outfit in recent history.

Outside of the glory of being attached to motor racing, Ford is also capitalizing on the competitive landscape of the racing scene and using it as a platform to develop technologies that can be applied to its production lineup. A lot of automakers who venture the route of racing admit to that being a big part of their commitment. Ford is only doing the same, especially now when the Blue Oval is gearing up for advancements in its EcoBoost engines, as well as improvements in aerodynamics and lightweight materials that can be directly translated into production vehicles in the future.

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2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition

2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

Ford celebrates its first win at the Le Mans with GT40-inspired livery

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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