2017 Ford GT

2017 Ford GT
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  • Ford GT
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    600 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    600 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    200 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    100000 (Est.)
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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 supercar-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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2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition

2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition

Any car that wears the Gulf Oil livery is worth our the attention

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.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Available Today

The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Available Today

Swooning over these models can become occupational hazard

It’s true that there is subjectivity in beauty, but in the world of automobiles, that’s less likely to manifest itself because the cream always rises to the top. The most beautiful cars today don’t need to let the world know they’re beautiful. They just are. That’s why when we’re discussing which of today’s cars look the best, the same models find their way into the conversation. There will be some debates, sure, but for the most part, those debates typically are about determining if a car looks awesome or super awesome. Compiling a list of the ten most beautiful cars today was difficult because there were too many options to consider. In the end, I got through my list of 10 models that can take my money just by looking at them.

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Video: Petrolicious Gets Up Close and Personal With a '66 Ford GT40

Video: Petrolicious Gets Up Close and Personal With a ’66 Ford GT40

A Blue Oval hero dressed in red and white

This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans may have come and gone (congrats, Toyota!), but truth be told, we’re still feeling a but wistful for that epic and legendary endurance event. So when we came across this high-quality profile video on a 1966 Ford GT40, courtesy of our friends over at Petrolicious, we just knew we had to feature it.

In typical Petrolicious fashion, the video includes gorgeous shots of the car, both sitting and in motion, with a healthy dollop of informative and entertaining narration laid on top. All good stuff, but the car - man, this thing is a real treat. Not only is it a beautiful thing to behold, looking pretty much perfect from every angle, but the sound of the big block 427 V-8 doing its thing will send electricity up and down your spine.

Owner Ted Baird assembled his GT40 to be as faithful to the original as possible, implementing as many original parts as he could find to create something that was not only visually representative of the machines that took top honors at Le Mans, but mechanically representative as well. It’s not a replica - it’s an official GT40P Mk. II, just not one of the original vehicles.

All told, the car is stunning, and hearing Baird unleash it on the track will get you amped. “This is pure, on-hands, manual, throw-it-around race car.” Baird explains. “But, that’s part of the challenge. If you can race something like this, you should be able to race anything.”

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Celebrate The 4th of July With a Special Ride In The 2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition

Celebrate The 4th of July With a Special Ride In The 2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition

Looks like Hennessey Performance is grilling up some adrenaline

The U.S.A.’s birthday has arrived, and along with all the tasty BBQ and cold beer, it’s looking like we’ll get a full serving of gas-fed American horsepower to boot. The latest comes from Texas-based tuner Hennessey Performance, which recently posted the second episode of its Heroes & Horsepower series, this time featuring a 2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition and a U.S. Army veteran.

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Fired by Ford for "inappropriate behavior," Raj Nair joins company that builds Ford GT

Fired by Ford for "inappropriate behavior," Raj Nair joins company that builds Ford GT

Oh, the irony!

Raj Nair, the former president of Ford North America, who left the firm earlier in 2018 following an internal investigation into "inappropriate behavior," has joined Canada-based company Multimatic Motorsports. The privately held racing shop has worked with Ford for decades, and it has built the Ford GT supercar since 2015.

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Donut Media Recounts The Epic Tale Of The Ford GT

Donut Media Recounts The Epic Tale Of The Ford GT

A story of betrayal, revenge, bravery, and speed

While relatively well-known among the older gear heads out there, the story of the Ford GT might be a bit obscure to the new blood. That said, anyone with a taste for high-performance and four-wheeled racing is sure to delight in the ups and downs of this classic, and Donut Media has all the important bits laid out in the following 11-minute video.

Just to get you primed, here’s the cliff notes introduction. Back in the ‘60s, Ferrari was in a tough spot financially, and floated the idea of selling out to the Ford Motor Company. Everything looked on track for Dearborn to assume control of the Prancing Horse, with Ford spending millions to take stock of Ferrari’s assets and get all the legal stuff in order. However, just as the final negotiations were wrapping up, there was a problem. Enzo Ferrari wasn’t too keen on the idea of Ford controlling the Ferrari race program, and simply walked, leaving the Blue Oval high and dry.

Henry Ford II was not happy. In retribution, he gave a blank check to his team of race engineers and instructed them to build a race car that could take the fight to Ferrari on its own turf - the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

What was to follow is one of the most epic tales ever produced by the world of motorsport, finally resulting in the Ford GT we know and love today.

Press play for all the awesome details, running up to the modern iteration of that iconic racer.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Ford GT

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Ford GT

The originally Ford GT40 was designed to make a fool out of Enzo Ferrari at Le Mans, but that might as well be a lifetime ago. Then, Ford decided it would step into the supercar market with the second-generation of the model, calling it nothing more than the “Ford GT.” Sexy and sleek, powerful and fast – these words easily describe the GT40. It’s got that low-slung supercar look and, despite hauling around just a 3.5-liter V-6, it can deliver 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to hit 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, 100 mph in 6.2 seconds, and 130 mph in 10.1 seconds. If you’re brave enough to pin it for 21.4 seconds, you can hit 170 mph too. That’s great, and all, but the GT was a very limited model, and Ford did some serious vetting when it came to who got to own one. We’re guessing you probably weren’t one of those guys so if you’re still itching for some Ford GT, go ahead and download one of our hand-picked wallpapers!

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Ford Employees Can Get This Exclusive Color If They Buy A Ford GT

Ford Employees Can Get This Exclusive Color If They Buy A Ford GT

It’s probably not for the rank-and-file, but senior execs can have their fill

The Ford GT is rare enough on its own, but Ford employees have the opportunity to make it rarer. All they have to do is buy one and avail of the “Victory” paint scheme that’s available exclusively to Ford employees. The specific finish is inspired by the colors worn by the Ford GT LM GTE racers that won their class at Daytona and Le Mans. As you might expect, the GT is teeming in red, white, and blue, looking every bit the part of an all-American supercar.

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The Ford-Cena Lawsuit Heats up as Cena Claims There Were No Re-Sale Restrictions

The Ford-Cena Lawsuit Heats up as Cena Claims There Were No Re-Sale Restrictions

The former WWE champ is fighting back!

John Cena isn’t ready to cave to Ford’s lawsuit just yet. The 16-time WWE champion is fighting back against the Blue Oval with a lawsuit of his own, claiming that Ford’s suit had the legitimacy of a Vince McMahon championship reign because the final contract he signed said nothing about the automaker’s resale clause that forbid Ford GT owners from selling before 24 months of ownership had passed. What was thought to be an open-and-shut case in the beginning has evolved into a rivalry that has the makings of a main event match at Wrestlemania 33. Who do you have? Cena or Ford?

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Huge Donation: Ford GT Sells for $2.5 Million at Barrett-Jackson Auction in Arizona

Huge Donation: Ford GT Sells for $2.5 Million at Barrett-Jackson Auction in Arizona

That’s a lot of funds going to a worthy cause

The first big car auction weekend of the year had some incredible moments, but none could compare to how much the Ford GT fetched when it went under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first production GT to go up for auction sold for $2.5 million, an incredible amount for a supercar that costs under $500,000 on the market. All the proceeds from the auction will go to the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE program, an initiative that offers activities, skills training, and educational workshops for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

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Video of the Day: Ford GT Meets the Arctic Circle

Video of the Day: Ford GT Meets the Arctic Circle

Check out the stunning scenery witnessed by the Ford GT on its way to Arctic Circle Raceway, and then watch the Ford GT do what it does best. This is definitely a video you don’t want to miss.

p.s. There’s also a nice selection of screenshot wallpapers in the gallery at the bottom should you like to remember the occasion for a while.

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First Corvette ZR1 Heads to Auction Next to the First Ford GT to be Auctioned for Charity

First Corvette ZR1 Heads to Auction Next to the First Ford GT to be Auctioned for Charity

Two prized American performance cars will find new owners at the Barrett-Jackson auction

The first-production 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will go up for auction at Barrett Jackson’s 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction on January 20 at WestWorld Arena in Scottsdale, Arizona. Joining at as an auction headliner is a Ford GT that’s the first of its kind to be donated for a charity auction. You don’t need to tell me that bids are going to fly once these two prized exotics hit the stage. The only question is, “how much will each car fetch?”

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John Cena Sells his new Ford GT; Gets Sued by Ford for $500k

John Cena Sells his new Ford GT; Gets Sued by Ford for $500k

He kept the car less than a month!

Professional wrestler John Cena is in hot water with Ford for breaching the contract to retain his 2017 Ford GT for 24 months after initial delivery. In fact, Ford is suing Cena for $500,000, citing it “has suffered additional damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill due to the improper sale.”

It might seem odd that selling a vehicle could somehow hurt an automaker, but there’s more to it. See, Ford hand-picked applicants to purchase the GT. Part of the selection process included evaluating the potential buyer’s interest in cars, ownership of other high-end vehicles, and their social reach. Basically, Ford chose buyers who would “organically” promote the GT and the Ford brand – sort of like contracting your customers to be a built-in marketing team. Ford certainly chose heavy hitters, too, including automotive legends Jay Leno and Jack Roush.

Cena didn’t even come close to the 24-month agreement. Rather, the wrestler took delivery shortly after September 23, 2017, and Ford learned of Cena’s third-party sell around October 20, 2017. When a Ford GT representative reached out to Cena, he said he sold the car and other property to cover expenses. Ford’s lawsuit claims Cena “unfairly made a large profit from the unauthorized resale flip” and seeks $500,000 in damages.

It’s unknown exactly how much profit Cena made or to whom he sold the car. We’ll keep you updated on any developments with this bizarre situation. In the meantime, check out all the details of the 2017 Ford GT or read Ford’s full lawsuit here.

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Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Hold on to your butts, things are about to get weird

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

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The Ford GT Just Tackled One of The World's Greatest Driving Roads

The Ford GT Just Tackled One of The World’s Greatest Driving Roads

It also set a lap record at the Arctic Circle Raceway

When I wrote about some of the world’s most memorable driving roads a few months ago, I was immediately drawn to the Atlantic Ocean Road. It may not be as thrilling as the Stelvio Pass in Italy and the Transfăgărășan in Romania. It’s not even as dangerous as the North Yungas Road in Bolivia. But for my money, the Atlantic Ocean Roads is the most scenic piece of road in the world. It certainly looked like one in Ford’s new episode of its on-going web series Europe’s Greatest Driving Roads..

The episode in question stars the Ford GT driving along the breathtaking 5.2-mile road that runs through an archipelago in Eide and Averøy in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. Locals refer to it simply as “64,” a reference to it located along a section of the country’s County Road 64. Veteran Le Mans racer and current Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver Stefan Mücke is behind the wheel of the Ford GT as he drives along the road, all while narrating its history and unique make-up. See, the Atlantic Ocean Road is unlike most scenic highways in that it traverses an archipelago of small islands via bridges, causeways, and viaducts while the Atlantic Ocean sits calmly below. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular and being behind the wheel of the Ford GT makes the whole episode all the more memorable. Then again, the drive along the Atlantic Ocean Road isn’t the only reason why the Ford GT traveled so far up north. It also set its sights on breaking the lap record in one of the most unique race tracks in the world, the Arctic Circle Raceway.

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The Fastest Car In The World Is A Ford?!

The Fastest Car In The World Is A Ford?!

You won’t believe how fast this Ford really is!

The title for “fastest car in the world” is a pretty hotly contested one. Officially, the old Bugatti Veyron Super Sport holds the record at 268 mph. The new Bugatti Chiron is estimated to reach speeds of nearly 280, but it hasn’t been officially tested yet. And then we have the Hennessey Venom GT which hit 210, technically beating the Veyron, but there are several factors that disqualify it from meeting Guinness Records requirements.

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2018 Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition

2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition

This is the second of what could be a four-year run of Ford GT Heritage Editions to come from the Blue Oval

It’s hard enough to get your hands on a Ford GT. The ultra exclusive model is sold out over the next four years, which just so happens to be the full life cycle of the supercar. All told, Ford only plans to build 1,000 examples of the GT, amounting to just 250 units per year. So yeah, getting a Ford GT this late in the game is next to impossible. Imagine what those odds will be then now that Ford has released a special livery for 2018 models of the Ford GT. Yup. I don’t like your chances any more than I like mine.

Ford’s new treat for future GT owners is called the ’67 Heritage Edition. If the name itself sounds familiar, that’s because Ford has already released something similar last year. Remember the ’66 Heritage Edition? It’s almost the same as the ’67 version in terms of where they’re inspired from, but in the end, they’re actually two different interpretations in part because the new version pays tribute to the 1967 Le Mans-winning Shelby-American Inc. team that featured racers AJ Foyt and Dan Gurney. Considering that Ford’s success in Le Mans with the original GT40 spanned four years, we could be in store for two more Heritage Editions in 2018 and 2019. For now, though, the spotlight is focused on the ’67 Heritage Edition and the way its treatment is inspired directly from the GT40s that took the checkered flag during the 1967 Le Mans season.

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Watch Jay Leno Review His Personal 2017 Ford GT: Video

Watch Jay Leno Review His Personal 2017 Ford GT: Video

Getting behind the wheel of an all-American hero

Ford reintroduced the GT nameplate in 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show, ushering in a second-generation for the Blue Oval’s streetable supercar. The GT is a nod to the GT40, the racer that brought the fight to Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the mid-‘60s, and the modern iteration arrives packed to the brim with the very latest in domestic go-fast technology. It’s a low-weight, high-strung, monster of a super car, making it the perfect addition for Jay Leno’s garage.

In this extended 36-minute, 51-second review, Jay starts by detailing the process he went through in securing, customizing, and receiving delivery of his car, followed by a comparison to another legendary sports car. “This reminds me a lot of my McLaren F1 because the McLaren F1was a road car that you could have driven to Le Mans, won the race, and driven back, and this is pretty much the same thing.” After a walk around in the garage, including a look at the aero, the cabin, and the engine, Jay takes the Ford out into public for a little street driving, both on the highway, surface streets, and twisty mountain lanes. While lengthy, the video is still worth a watch to get an in-depth look at Ford’s top dog.

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Ford GT Production Hits A Speed Bump, Deliveries Now Delayed

Ford GT Production Hits A Speed Bump, Deliveries Now Delayed

It’s a minor delay, so don’t start pulling your hair out

The lucky lot who managed to secure reservations for the Ford GT will now have to wait a little longer before taking delivery of their supercar. That’s the word according to Ford itself, which announced delays in the production due to what it described as “craftsmanship requirements.” According to Automotive News, the Blue Oval sent a letter to would-be GT owners, explaining that the cause of delay was tied to supplier constraints and homologation testing brought about by the increased production of the car. As such, adjustments are being made on the timetable of the delivery of the cars.

Ford didn’t elaborate on anything more than saying the ramp-up process to get all of its suppliers in line are almost complete. Likewise, an updated delivery timetable will be sent to customers within a week, so those who are getting anxious because of this deal can breathe a little easier now. It doesn’t appear to be a major issue, but simply a case of Ford getting its production logistics in order before proceeding with the build. Once the ramp-up phase is smoothed out, the company still expects to build one GT a day for its expecting customers. Of the 250 planned units for the year, 50 models have been built and delivered to their new owners. Soon enough, the rest will have their days too, but not after waiting a little longer than they anticipated.

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Six of America's Baddest Muscle Machines

Six of America’s Baddest Muscle Machines

Quintessential rides for declaring your independence in 2017

Cue the band, Mr. Copland; today is Independence Day! It’s the day American celebrates her declaration of independence from Britain amid the bloody Revolutionary War, which lasted from 1775 to 1783. Now some 234 years after the battle’s end, America can celebrate something else, too – the laundry list of high-horsepower vehicles that out-class nearly everything on the world’s roads. These cars, trucks, and SUVs represent the best-of-the-best, the most lust-worthy iron ever to transport humans.

These vehicles hail from American brand rich with history. We’ve included only late-model vehicles that represent the peak of their segment, and each will easily outgun nearly anything from outside our borders. Brands like Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge are not only a cornerstone in the automotive industry, they are icons to the American way of life and our never-ending pursuit of happiness. So stand by for 4,295 horsepower of American Freedom!

Continue reading for TopSpeed’s list.

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Ford's "The Return" Documentary Is Now Up On Amazon Prime

Ford’s "The Return" Documentary Is Now Up On Amazon Prime

Make plans for the weekend to watch this can’t-miss documentary

For those of you who are looking for something good to watch this weekend, Ford and Amazon Prime are here for your viewing pleasure. The two companies have been working for quite some time on a documentary about Ford’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year and the good news is that the documentary, titled The Return, is now available on Amazon Prime.

We’ve heard a lot about the process behind the creation of this documentary, which focuses on the Blue Oval’s return to the race that still stands as the company’s crowning achievement in motor racing. Ford’s return to Le Mans in 2016 after years of absence also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the 1-2-3 finish in the world famous endurance race back in 1966. The whole documentary lasts a good 78 minutes (one hour and 18 minutes) and it goes on a deep dive behind Ford’s history in Le Mans and the preparations that went into its dramatic and ultimately successful return to the race. There’s plenty of behind-the-scenes action in the documentary, as well as interviews with some of the world’s most prominent racing experts. Members of the Ford family are also in the documentary and if there are any questions on why Le Mans was so important to Ford founder Henry Ford, his family provided a lot of interesting answers in the documentary. If you count yourself as a Ford or Le Mans fan, or even a fan of both, The Return is undoubtedly going to be must-see TV. Good thing that the weekend’s coming up then.

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2020 Ford GTS

2020 Ford GTS

The Ford superstar turns its gaze towards Stuttgart

Ford introduced its GT supercar in 2004 as a street-legal reimagining of the legendary GT40, the racer that managed to clinch epic victory over Ferrari at Le Mans in the mid to late ‘60s. The first-gen GT offered buyers a chance at all-American mid-engine glory, bearing a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 sending 550 horsepower to the rear axle. Production ended in 2006, but nine years later, at the North American International Auto Show, the Blue Oval introduced a successor. The second-gen GT got updated styling, lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum construction, and a twin-turbo V-6 engine making 647 horsepower. The new GT went on to repeat its historical victory at Le Mans, solidifying its position as a winning race-bred street machine. With its heritage now secure, the Ford GT program might be searching for a new target, and Porsche could provide the perfect bull’s-eye. Say hello to the GT’s little brother, the GTS, a more affordable American mid-engine sports car designed to topple the mighty 911.

While it may look similar to the GT, a Ford GTS would be practically all-new, with smaller exterior dimensions, a fresh engine package, and a price tag more in line with Germany’s most famous performance machine. Of course, this is all speculation, as we don’t have anything solid to go off. But, if Ford did build such a GTS, what would it bring to the table? Read on to find out.

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Ford Poised For AMG Buyout, German-Tuned Mustang Possibly In The Works

Ford Poised For AMG Buyout, German-Tuned Mustang Possibly In The Works

The German brand might arrive stateside to lend a hand with an American classic

Last October, German officials took steps to ban the production of new internal combustion-powered cars by the year 2030. Although mounting pressure to create ever more efficient green vehicles is expected over the next few decades, an outright ICE ban is considered an extreme measure that could pose a huge challenge to the established German automakers. As such, AMG, the performance engineering firm best known for churning out high-spec Mercedes vehicles, might head stateside to circumvent the looming ban. Ford has been tapped as one possible buyer, prompting rumors that the Blue Oval’s next pony car could see a high-performance AMG iteration sometime in the near future.

According to insiders, Ford is eager to pick up AMG to help bolster its line of sports cars, and in particular the Mustang. “The Mustang is a global product now,” a source familiar with the matter told TopSpeed. “It’s important that Ford gives customers the sense they are buying something sporty, but also of the highest quality. An AMG badge would help monumentally in that regard.”

Whether or not Ford will go through with the purchase remains to be seen. There still remains a possibility that a rival like General Motors could pick up the wayward tuning company instead, but it’s unlikely given Ford’s reported interest in the deal.

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Will the Ford GT's Drive Modes Stop Owners From Going Full Mustang?

Will the Ford GT’s Drive Modes Stop Owners From Going Full Mustang?

The system includes a V-Max setting for maximum speed!

The Ford GT may be all official and available to customers — with the first allocation already sold out — but FoMoCo is still rolling out information about the supercar as buyers await delivery. We’ve already learned about the tremendous technology behind the new GT, such as the industry-first gorilla glass windshield and the carbon-fiber wheels, and now it’s time to have a closer look at the car’s driving modes. The GT will come with five, each prepared for different driving scenarios.

Much like any vehicle out there, the American supercar starts off in Normal mode. Conceived for everyday driving, the Normal mode sets the ground clearance at 120 mm, while throttle and transmission calibrations are set up for standard driving. Traction and stability control systems cannot be adjusted, while the rear wing deploys automatically for aero assistance at 90 mph, returning to its normal position at 81 mph. The wing still deploys as an airbrake if sensors detect aggressive braking. Finally, the driver can soften the suspension by adjusting compression and rebound in the dampers at the press of a button.

In the Wet setting, which is obviously recommended for wet tarmac and rainy conditions, the ride height and other systems remain in their default, Normal-mode setup. However, throttle control is adjusted to limit the induction of slipping and sliding, thus enabling greater stability. The comfort suspension can also be activated in this mode.

Then there’s Sport mode, yet another feature that’s rather common for modern vehicles. When using this setting, the driver gets a more responsive throttle calibration and the anti-lag system kicks in. Developed for the Le Mans-winning GT race car, the anti-lag keeps the turbo spinning at all time to provide boost on demand. The normal ground clearance remains in place here too, but the comfort feature is deactivated, while AdvanceTrac stability and traction control become driver-adjustable allowing three additional settings. The Sport mode also allows more slip, yaw, and oversteer, while gear changes are made quicker and the clutch disengages more rapidly for enhanced acceleration.

Setting the Ford GT apart from most performance cars are the Track and V-Max mode, but more on those after the jump.

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2018 Ford GT Competition Series

2018 Ford GT Competition Series

Loses luxury features, gains more carbon-fiber for increased track performance

After intense speculation based on features discovered in the Ford GT’s owner’s manual, FoMoCo unveiled a lightweight version of its new supercar. Called the Competition Series, it shaves weight by dropping luxury items to shift the center of gravity closer to the track for even better road-holding and to maximize output.

Unveiled at the Daytona race track, the site of the GT’s win at the Rolex 24 Hours in January 2017, the supercar adopted a few new and innovative features, as well as extra standard features and carbon-fiber components.

“The Ford GT has racing in its blood,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president and chief technical officer. “The Competition Series was developed with the most hardcore track enthusiasts in mind, providing a tailored set of lightweight features and unique livery to match.”

The Competition Series will go on sale by the end of the year, but pricing and availability information has yet to be announced. Expect the lightweight GT to be produced in even fewer units than the standard model and cost significantly more.

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The Ford GT Snarls at the Competition with 647 Horsepower and a Top Speed of 216 MPH

The Ford GT Snarls at the Competition with 647 Horsepower and a Top Speed of 216 MPH

According to Ford it beat out competition from McLaren and Ferrari!

The Ford GT40 was a legend, but the Ford GT of 2005 and 2006 didn’t exactly meet Ford’s expectations, only selling 4,038 of the originally planned 4,500. Sadly, the final 11 bodies that were built got the worst fate of all, being torn apart and invoiced as service parts. But, Ford is looking to rectify the GT name and has done so with the introduction of the new Ford GT. Originally expected by the masses to have a heart of gold – more specifically, Ford’s flat-plane crank V-8 – Ford shocked us all when it announced an EcoBoost V-6 as its weapon of choice. That FPC V-8 could have been insanely powerful when coupled with some potent forced induction, but this EcoBoost isn’t exactly a slouch either. In fact, it has been SAE rated at 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, something that makes it the most powerful EcoBoost engine ever produced and the GT the fastest production car to ever sport a Ford badge.

So, how fast is it? Well, Ford took one driver and put him behind the wheel of the new GT, a McLaren 675LT, and a Ferrari 458 Speciale, then told him to give it his all around the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada. The end result put the Ford GT at the top, lapping the track with a best time of 2:09.8 while the McLaren fell short by one second at 2:10.8. The prancing horse performed even worse, posting a lap time of 2:12.9. Ford set out to topple the main competition, and it did just that, as all three were prepped with new fluids, fresh tires, and optimal suspension settings, and raced in identical conditions. Not a bad feat to accomplish.

But, it’s important to remember that the most powerful EcoBoost powertrain wouldn’t be enough if it wasn’t for the lightweight nature of the new GT, which tips the scale at just over 3,000 pounds. That makes its power-to-weight ratio a staggering 4.72 pounds per pony. “The Ford GT is all about performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development, and chief technical officer. “We achieved considerable weight savings with the carbon fiber architecture. We then reinvested some of that savings into where it counts most – performance, specifically, the active dynamics. The result is an even faster car.”

Ultimately, the engine is able to deliver peak torque from 3,500 rpm onward, which isn’t bad for the car’s intended purpose, and it tops out at a respectable 216 mph. But, it leads one to wonder: will there be a more powerful version in coming years?

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This Is How You Make A Tiny Ford GT40 Out Of Bricks

This Is How You Make A Tiny Ford GT40 Out Of Bricks

Putting together a mini-sized Blue Oval legend

What’s your ultimate dream job? Race car driver? Astronaut? Rock star? While each of these occupations is a common, uber-glamorous answer, here’s one to add to the list that’s a little more low-key, but definitely a whole lot of awesome – Head of Design for Lego Speed Champions. That’s the official title held by Craig Callum, the brain and fingers behind Lego’s line of insanely cool performance automotive kits. Callum is responsible for bringing some of the world’s greatest four-wheeled machines to life by piecing together tiny plastic bricks, and in this one-minute, 20-second video, he explains the process he uses to make it happen.

Like any amazing Lego creation, Callum’s designs start as a pile of parts. From this mound of potential, the pro builder starts putting together a rough idea of what he’s going for, all while using pictures, CAD data, and 3D models of the original vehicle for inspiration.

One of the latest additions to the Speed Champions line is the Ford GT40, the legendary race car that dominated Le Mans back in the ‘60s. Joining it is a Lego’d version of the new Ford GT, a modern-day super car that managed to repeat history with a Le Mans win in 2016.

Is it a coincidence Craig Callum shares a last name with Ian Callum, one of the greatest British car designers of the modern age? Yeah, probably. But still, this guy obviously has some skill when it comes to making cool shapes.

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Spoiler Alert: The New Ford GT Supercar Is Not Fuel Efficient

Spoiler Alert: The New Ford GT Supercar Is Not Fuel Efficient

Gas guzzler tax likely to get slapped on supercar

The new Ford GT supercar is arguably one of the most exciting cars to come out of Dearborn, Michigan in recent memory. Actually, it is the most exciting car that Ford has developed in years and the sheer performance numbers – over 600 horsepower – certainly points to the car living up to all the hype it has received. But the world is all about balance and for all the things that’s awesome about the new GT, it also has qualities about that are, well, less so.

Turns out, fuel efficiency is as foreign a concept to the new GT as roll-up windows. But even if that’s to be expected, not a lot of people probably expected the GT to post an anaemic fuel efficiency rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But that’s exactly what it got after the EPA announced that the mighty GT’s fuel-economy ratings amount to just 11 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 14 mpg combined. That might not seem like a big deal in the context of today’s supercars, but remember, the GT has a 3.5-liter "EcoBoost" V-6 engine, which should at least imply some kind of decent mileage, loosely as the term “decent” may be used.

Not only is that not the case, but the GT’s fuel economy ratings actually compares to the Lamborghini Aventador (11/18/13 mpg), which by the way is using a 6.0-liter V-12 engine. The new GT’s ratings are even worse than the car it’s succeeding, the original 2005 supercharged V-8 Ford GT, which returned 12/19/14 mpg, albeit adjusted to reflect the EPA’s current evaluations. According to the EPA, the new GT’s fuel economy ratings even call for an estimate of $8,000 more in fuel expenses compared to an average vehicle. To make things more complicated, Car and Driver notes that with those ratings, the new GT could get slapped with a gas-guzzler tax, which in turn would add somewhere around $3,000 to its overall price tag.

The figures are a bit surprising considering that the EPA arrived at those numbers despite Ford giving it an EcoBoost engine. Then again, it’s hard to imagine the people behind the 6,000-plus applications Ford got for the supercar to worry about the extra costs they’ll have to pay for a car that’s already priced at about $400,000.

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First Functional Ford GT Prototype to be Auctioned in January

First Functional Ford GT Prototype to be Auctioned in January

Unique pre-production model likely to set new Ford GT record

The Ford GT name may have gained new meaning with the introduction of the second-generation, V-6 powered supercar for the 2017 model year, but enthusiasts will never forget the Le Mans-winning GT40 of the 1960s and the first-gen GT, the car that basically revived the legend between 2004 and 2006. Ford is among those who haven’t forgotten about the previous GT sports car and brings the V-8-powered coupe back into the spotlight by announcing that the first functional prototype, a unique car with exclusive components, will be auctioned in January 2017.

Completed in 2003, a few months before production of the first-gen GT began, the prototype seen here was named CP-1 (for Confirmation Prototype 1) and was the first fully functional GT. Assigned VIN 004, it was also the first GT to be equipped with a drivetrain and full interior, in contrast to the red, white, and blue Ford Centennial prototypes which were non-runners and for exhibition purposes only.

Different from other prototypes, the CP-1 also has a few extra features compared to the production model. It comes with air bags from the fourth-generation Mustang, a steering column from a Ford Windsor van, and various items that were axed before production. Specifically, it includes the silver trim rings on the seats (just like the original GT40), the all-aluminum headliner, and a note on the center console that instructs drivers to "push red button to start" the V-8 engine.

Other goodies include quick-release valves for the fuel tank on the right quarter panel, a set of experimental exhaust pipes, and a carbon-fiber rear clamshell. The later was replaced by an aluminum unit in order to save costs. Unlike the production model, the prototype features a black supercharger and valve cover. However, the V-8 engine features a chip that limits top speed to only five mph for display use only. Finally, the body is adorned by the autographs of 13 members of the original Ford GT development team, including Bill Ford, Camillo Pardo, and Carroll Shelby.

In 2008, CP-1 was purchased from Ford by “GT Joey” Limongelli, a famous GT collector and author of “Ford GT 2005-2006: The Complete Owners Experience,” considered the ultimate Ford GT book. The black-painted supercar will go under the hammer at the 17th annual Scottsdale auction in Arizona, which takes place between January 18 and 22, 2017. There’s no word as to how much it’s expected to fetch, but it should change owners for at least $1 million.

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Something Amazing Just Happened at Ford's Low-Volume Plant in Ontario

Something Amazing Just Happened at Ford’s Low-Volume Plant in Ontario

At least one person is going to have the best Christmas of their life this year!

The new Ford GT already has an intriguing storyline behind it. The ink on the official announcement of the new GT wasn’t even dry yet, and Ford had already received insane consumer interest in the new supercar. So much interest, in fact, that the LeMans version was added to Forza 6 early on, and then – to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GT40’s 1966 LeMans victory – a full-sized Lego version of the LeMans racer was created. The LeMans racing program was extended to 2019 while Ford also dropped a GT Heritage edition with old-school livery. Just a few months later, a few GT Prototypes were caught speeding in Colorado and, at the start of December 2016, Lego announced a scaled-down kit of the new GT and LeMans-winning GT40 for the masses. But, that’s not the end of the line for the Ford GT, as it’s in the headlines yet again now that the very first production model has officially rolled off the line.

Let’s not beat around the bush. The new Ford GT is Ford’s halo car, and it was on a tight schedule to not only kick ass at LeMans, but to begin deliveries by the end of 2016. And, as of December 16, 2016, Ford has done just that, as Raj Nair – Ford’s Executive Vice President of Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer – sat down inside the very first production model and personally drove it off the production line. We don’t know who the first few recipients will be, but needless to say, they are about to have a VERY nice Christmas.

When speaking of the new GT, Nair said, “For everyone involved in designing and developing this car, including all of our employees and suppliers, this is a moment to celebrate. The all-new Ford GT is a showcase of our strength in innovation and our commitment to delivering more for our customers – especially related to lightweight materials, aerodynamics, and EcoBoost engine technologies.”

Due to the heavy demand for the best car Ford has developed in a long time, it recently added an extra two years of production for the beast. This means that an extra 500 vehicles will be created by the time the production run is done, with a total of 1,000 production models set to grace this floating marble we call home. You’ve got to give Ford credit. It said it was going to begin deliveries by the end of the year, and it did just that. Even you non-Ford fans have to respect that!

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New Lego Set to Include Le Mans-winning GT40 and New GT

New Lego Set to Include Le Mans-winning GT40 and New GT

A great, affordable way to own Ford’s most iconic race cars!

In 2016, Ford returned to Le Mans to celebrate 50 years since the GT40 won the 24-hour event for the first time by racing the second-generation GT. The race car won its class and became the second Ford to triumph at Circuit de la Sarthe. Now, Lego is paying homage to FoMoCo’s success at Le Mans with a two-car set that includes both the old Ford GT40 and the new Ford GT.

Both miniatures feature the same livery as the cars that won their races. For instance, the 1966 GT40 is finished in black with white stripes, gold wheels, and wears the number 2, just like the car that Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon drove to victory half a century ago. As for the 2016 victor, the GT sports the red, white, and blue livery of Chip Ganassi. However, unlike the GT40, the GT is presented with number 66, which finished fourth in class at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. The winning car of Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, and Sebastian Bourdais used number 68.

The new LEGO Speed Champions set will also include racing driver figures for each car, a checkered flag, and even a trophy to recreate Ford’s history-making wins.

“Many people in my team grew up with the legend of Ford’s history-making 1966 victory – and experienced the excitement of building and design for the first time through LEGO bricks,” said Dave Pericak, global director at Ford Performance. “This kit is a powerful way to tell our Le Mans story, and will hopefully inspire the race drivers, engineers, and designers of the future.”

The new GT40 and GT set will be available to order on Lego’s official website starting March 1, 2017. The bundle will cost €34.99 in Europe and £29.99 in the U.K. Pricing for the U.S. market is not yet available, but we expect it to cost around $30 based on stickers for other two-car sets from the Speed Champions series. With the GT40 and GT, Lego’s Ford offerings will increase to six. A Ford Mustang set is on sale now, alongside a Ford F-150 Raptor with trailer, and Ford Model A hot rod.

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Ford GT Racer Blitzes To A VLN Record Lap Time At The Nürburgring

Ford GT Racer Blitzes To A VLN Record Lap Time At The Nürburgring

It’s not the record for a production car, but it is just as impressive

A previous-generation Ford GT race car driven by Belgian racer Nico Verdonck has set a new VLN record lap time at the Nürburgring when it blasted through a 15.2-mile version of the course in 7:58.558.

Before any confusion starts, this new lap record is different from other lap records that have been set around the world’s most famous race track. The Ford GT’s lap was accomplished during a Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring (VLN) race over the weekend, beating out the previous record set by Jens Klingmann in 2014 when he clocked in a time of 7:59.045 while racing with a BMW Z4 GT3.

There are also a number of other classifications for record lap times depending on different conditions. The VLN qualifying lap record, for instance, is also a different animal from the VLN race record. That record was also broken over the weekend by Walkenhorst Motorsport and driver Christian Krognes, who piloted a BMW M6 GT3 to a blistering lap time of 7:53.375, beating out the record held by the Audi R8 LMS, which posted a lap time of 7:57.474 in 2014.

In any event, Verdonck’s breathtaking lap time with the V-8-powered Ford GT racer is just as impressive as all the other records considering that he set it seemingly from out of nowhere. At the very least, it’s a new 15.2-mile lap record that’s going to be difficult to beat in racing conditions.

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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 supercar-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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2016 Ford GT Le Mans

2016 Ford GT Le Mans

The Ford GT returns to the race-track with a turbocharged V-6

The 2017 Ford GT debuted with a bang at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, marking the Blue Oval’s return to the supercar world after nearly a decade. Developed as a spiritual successor to both the 2005-2006 Ford GT and the iconic 1964-1969 Ford GT40 race car of the 1960s, the new GT also spawned an endurance racer set to hit the track in 2016.

Developed together with Multimatic Motorsports, Roush Yates Engines, Michelin, Brembo and CGRFS, the GT race car will make its track debut in the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona before running the full schedules of both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. More importantly, it will mark Ford’s return to Le Mans exactly 50 years after the GT40 scored its famous 1-2-3 finish in 1966. Unlike its ancestor though, the new GT will compete in the LM GTE Pro class.

Development of the GT racing program began back in 2013, when Ford teamed up with Chip Ganassi Racing, which will also run the cars in the 2016 racing season. Having already won 17 major championships, including races at the Indy 500, 24 Hours of Daytona, and Sebring, Chip Ganassi aims to add the 24 Hours of Le Mans to his trophy room.

“We believe the Ford GT’s advances in aerodynamics, light-weighting (sic) and EcoBoost power will make for a compelling race car that can once again compete on a global stage," said FoMoCo chief technical officer Raj Nair.

Updated 06/20/2016: Ford dropped the fifth episode of its "The Return." This new episode focuses on the GT’s road to the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Lego Version Of Ford GT Race Car To Be Displayed At LeMans: Video

Lego Version Of Ford GT Race Car To Be Displayed At LeMans: Video

Ford’s 50th anniversary celebration of 1966 Le Mans victory is now in full swing

If any of you think that getting paid to build LEGOs is a fun job, I’m here to let you know that, well, yes, it’s an awesome gig. But it can also be tedious, especially when you’re tasked to build a LEGO version of the Ford GT race car that approximately has 30,000 to 40,000 LEGO bricks in it. Such is the job of Pascal, who was tasked to build a scaled version of the Ford GT race car that will spend the coming weekend on display at the Circuit de la Sarthe for the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.

It’s not a coincidence that the LEGO version of the Ford GT race car will be on hand at Le Mans right around the same time that the American automaker celebrates the 50th anniversary of its unforgettable 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans back in 1966. The Blue Oval has made a concerted effort to remind everyone of that historic feat and now, it’s also brought in LEGO to take part in the festivities.

The final product isn’t shown until the end of the video but we do get a lot of Pascal explaining the process behind the creation of the LEGO Ford GT racer and as it turns out, it’s not as easy as it looks. For one, building something of this scale involves tedious amounts of planning just to make sure that the scale is done right. A 3D model was also created in the size of the LEGO version – one-third the size of the actual race car – to ensure that the builders like Pascal will have the scale down pat when the build starts.

It gets even more chaotic when the actual build starts. I’d like to be as descriptive as I can to do Pascal’s words justice, but I think it’ll be much better if we just heard it from the man himself.

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Ford GT Le Mans Racer Now Available On Forza 6

Ford GT Le Mans Racer Now Available On Forza 6

Codes will be sent to the Xbox Live inboxes of Forza 6 gamers

The Ford GT race car will make its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a little over a week, but before the actual racer returns to the scene of its famous 1-2-3 victory in 1966, gamers of Forza Motorsports 6 will be able to get their hands on the GT’s virtual counterpart. Beginning today, June 7, codes will be sent to gamers who play Forza 6. The codes are free of any charge and can be retrieved on the Xbox Live message inboxes.

The free addition of the GT race car into Forza 6 is the latest in what has been a processional line of hype-generating ideas Ford has concocted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic race car’s historic win at Le Mans. The magnitude of Ford’s dominant showing in Le Mans back in 1966 was felt far and wide in the motor racing world. It also kicked off a dominant run for Ford as it proceeded to win the next three installments of the race, rounding out the late ’60s with four-straight victories in Le Mans. Ford has yet to win the endurance race since its dominant stretch back then, but with the new Ford GT making it’s comeback, there are a lot of expectations on the teams racing with the new Ford GT to at least make a good showing in next weekend’s race. A total of four Ford GTs will compete in the GTE Pro class, all being run by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team.

As for the virtual GTs, well, anybody who plays Forza 6 can get their hands on the race car once they get the codes to download them. Again, the codes come free of charge, although it’s unclear how long the codes will be eligible. Don’t wait for that time to come so when you receive the codes, input them immediately so you can immediately play with the new GT race car.

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Ford Receiving Massive Interest For New GT Supercar

Ford Receiving Massive Interest For New GT Supercar

First online application draws over 6,500 interested customers

The new Ford GT has proven to be an even bigger hit than Ford initially expected. The Blue Oval knew it had a gem on its hands so it started a one-month online application for the supercar. That application drew close to 11,000 interests in the GT and a total of 6,506 fully completed applications from people around the world, all of which sent Ford a resounding message: we want the GT!

Applicants even took a page from the world of reality television, sending out unique videos that included lighting effects, racing footage, revving engines, garage tours, and, yes, even children. Unfortunately, not every applicant will get the chance to own the GT as Ford has made it clear that the GT would be a low-volume car with only 250 units made every year. That’s not to say that all the applicants will be left out in the cold. According to the company, all 6,506 applications are in the process of being reviewed and the lucky applicants who do make the cut will be notified of their good fortune within the next 90 days.

As for folks like us who can only dream of owning the new Ford GT, all is not lost. The car’s official virtual configurator is there to keep us company. Even that has become a big hit with close to 200,000 people already paying it a visit. It’s far from actually owning the real deal, but at the very least, we can build the GT of our dreams without having to pay anything for it. I heard that Frozen White remains as the favorite exterior color followed by Liquid Blue. Not that it’s going to make a difference but it is the closest thing we can get to having our own Ford GT. Might as well tailor it to our preference, right?

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2009 Shelby MkII GT40

2009 Shelby MkII GT40

A fitting tribute to the iconic LeMans racer

Carroll Shelby certainly created a name for himself in the 1960s, not the least of his accomplishments being the 1-2-3 win at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1966. That marked the first time an American car had won the iconic race. Shelby’s fame as a car builder skyrocketed in the fallout. To help celebrate the Shelby on his 85th birthday, Shelby Distribution USA and Shelby Automobiles reproduced 255 examples of the GT40 race car for the 2009 model year.

The car was offered the three color schemes, each mimicking the three racing liveries that saw action in the 1966 Le Mans race. In total, 85 examples of each were built. Each car could customized to have either left- or right-hand drive, and were completely road-legal. Each car received a Shelby Automobiles MSO and sales were recorded in the Shelby Registry, making the whole process even more historical. A dash plaque records each car’s build number and authenticity as a legitimate and licensed replica.

The design of the replica Ford GT40 is an exact copy of the originals’, though these 2009 examples were constructed from electro-galvanized sheet steel. This helps prevent rust, ensuring each car lasts for decades to come. The pieces were also laser cut to the exact measurements of the originals.

The only kicker to the MKII GT40 – it was only offered without an engine. Yep, in order to skirt emissions and crash testing regulations, the car was sold as a rolling chassis. Customers were expected to install their own engine, which of course, should only be a 427 Ford V-8. Anything else would be heresy. Those who wanted to track their Shelby MKII GT40 could opt for the available race version. The package included a roll bar, fuel cell, and air conditioner delete.

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Jim Click's Ford Performance Collection Headed To Auction

Jim Click’s Ford Performance Collection Headed To Auction

Prepare to break the bank for these legendary Ford racers

Auto dealership mogul Jim Click is considered as one of the foremost collector of classic Ford race cars in the world. The man’s collection runs deep, but as is often the case of collectors, there comes a point in time where they have to let go of some of their prized babies. That time has come for Click, who is now in the process of auctioning off some prized Ford racers that make up his Ford Performance Collection. The cars will go under the hammer during RM Sotheby’s auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this August.

The most notable of these cars – and the most expensive – is a 1966 Ford GT40, chassis number P/1061, that’s one of only 31 Mk 1 GT40s Ford ever created. It doesn’t have the same racing pedigree as another GT40 dominating the headlines these days, like the Le Mans-winning P/1046, but it does hold the distinction of being just one of seven GT40s Ford held on to for promotional use. That said, Click himself has raced P/1061 a handful of times since taking ownership of the car in 1992. Some 24 years later, Click is ready to part ways with his black and yellow GT40 with the car expected to go for at least $4 million.

A pair of Shelby 289 Cobras are also headed to the RM Sotheby’s auction. One of these Cobras, CSX 2473, has quite a history of its own, having been owned by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) legend Dan Roberts. It also has one of the richest racing careers of any 289 Competition Cobras, a fact not lost on RM Sotheby’s car specialist Alexander Weaver, who described CSX 2473 as “one of the most successful 289 Competition Cobras in history.” Considering it’s status, it’s safe to say that its estimated sale price of $2.6 million is well deserved. The other 289 Cobra, CSX 2326, has been under the ownership of Click on three separate occasions, most recently in 2007. It’s not expected to sell as high as CSX 2473, but with an estimate price of $1.4 million, it’s still tipped to easily eclipse the seven-figure mark.

Other classics from Click’s Ford Performance Collection will join these three jewels in Pebble Beach, including a pair of Kar Kraft Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am Race Cars and a 1966 Shelby GT350, chassis number SFM 6S2363.

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Restoration Of Le Mans-Winning Ford GT40 Mk II Continues: Video

Restoration Of Le Mans-Winning Ford GT40 Mk II Continues: Video

Goal is to have the car attend the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2016

The restoration of the 1966 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 Mk II P1046 continues with the latest video to come out of RK Motors Charlotte.

If you recall, the first part of the web series was posted last week in which we learned that Rob Kaufman, the owner of RK Motors Charlotte, began an ambitious project to restore the legendary race car back to its championship glory. Together with the help of Rare Drive, Inc., RK Motors Charlotte took the arduous task of bringing P1046 back to the configuration of its history-making achievement, considered by many as the greatest racing moment in Ford history.

Whereas the first video mainly focused on the history of the car, this one gives us a close look on the preparations that have been made and the first task of actually disassembling the race car. As explained by the host, a lot of work was already done on the iconic race car, including the shortening of the tail section, the installation of a large roll cage, and the refitting of the entire interior, which was sadly brushed aside when the car was ignominiously turned into a transmission test mule after its victory in Le Mans.

The entire project is far from complete and more videos are expected to be released in the coming weeks. The plan is for the project to be completed in time for the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it will be participating in the 50th anniversary of Ford’s transcendent victory in the world’s most famous endurance race.

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Le Mans-Winning Ford GT40 Racer Set To Undergo Restoration: Video

Le Mans-Winning Ford GT40 Racer Set To Undergo Restoration: Video

The plan is to have the project completed in time for this year’s Le Mans race in June

Fifty years ago, Ford won the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the back of the original Ford GT40 race cars. This year, the American automaker will make its dramatic return to the world’s most famous endurance race, determined to replicate the smackdown its predecessor laid down on Ferrari, that generation’s dominant team.

But before we start to hype the Ford GT’s return to Le Mans, let’s first take a look back at the car that won the 1966 race. Officially, it was the Ford GT40 Mk. II chassis number P1046 that took the checkered flag that day, earning Henry Ford II the vindication he was seeking in his quest to take the dominant Prancing Horses.

But just as P1046 provided Ford with its historical achievement, history turned out to be less gracious with car. Soon after its win, the race car wasn’t immediately enshrined to a museum as it would had it won in modern times. Instead, Ford inexplicably turned it into a transmission test vehicle, an ignominious fate for a history-making race car.

Today, Rob Kaufman, owner of classic car dealer RK Motor Charlotte, is the proud owner of P1046, having bought it back in 2014 with the intention of bringing it back to pristine condition by scrubbing away all those years of neglect it was subjected to. Kaufman even enlisted the help of Rare Drive, Inc., a restoration firm owned by renowned Ford GT40 historian Mark Allin.

Together, the two firms will take on the task of restoring P1046 and will do so while filming the entire process as part of a multi-part web series, titled “#P1046L: The Legend of Le Mans.” The first episode of the series is the video you can watch above and it details the history of the P1046, from its history-making Le Mans triumph all the way to its present condition. The objective is to have the restoration done by the time the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place in June 2016. What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s Le Mans triumph by having the car that won the race make a long-overdue return to the scene of its biggest and most important triumph.

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More Than 7,000 Customers Applied For The New Ford GT

More Than 7,000 Customers Applied For The New Ford GT

Assuming at least half the applicants meet Ford’s criteria, the Ford GT is pretty much sold out already

The previous Ford GT was produced in just 4,000 examples, and Ford has said that production numbers for the new Ford GT will be far less than that. In fact, Ford has said that production of the new Ford GT will be limited to 250 models per year, with less than 20 of those heading across the big blue to the U.K. While Ford has yet to announce an official production target, it has just announced on its social media accounts that more than 7,000 people have applied for the new supercar.

Of course, this news comes shortly after Ford launched the GT online configurator, which has obviously spawned plenty of interest. Not to mention all the interest that was generated when the car debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. It would be interesting to hear more specifics about where the orders are spread out globally, but I’m sure we’ll hear more about that in the future.

Even with 7,000 applications on file for the new GT, Ford is still keeping a lot of information about its newest supercar to itself. We know the 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 under the hood should put out somewhere close to 600 horsepower. We also know that pricing will be somewhere around $550,000 here in the U.S., but that is just a rough estimate considering Ford has yet to announce official pricing.

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Ford GT Configurator Launched

Ford GT Configurator Launched

Build your dream Ford GT!

Unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in prototype form, the second-generation Ford GT is about to go on sale for the 2017 model year. The Blue Oval has just made another step toward launching its first supercar in more than a decade by firing up the GT’s online configurator. So, if you already placed a preorder or have the rumored $400,000 required to take one home, you can now browse between a number of options and customize Ford’s latest supercar.

The configurator still is still missing some of the features that will be available with the new GT, but it enables you to browse through the exterior colors, racing stripe packages, wheel options, and upholstery alternatives. What’s more, the online tool reveals that the 2017 Ford GT will receive not one, but two special-edition models. Ford doesn’t provide any details whatsoever, but given that the company is celebrating 100 years since it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time, we expect at least one of them to have something to do with the iconic race. Most likely it will be a special livery, but we won’t know for sure until Ford spills the beans.

As a brief reminder, the new GT is powered by a 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 mounted behind the seats. The turbocharged mill is based on a racing engine Ford used in its IMSA Daytona prototype and it is estimated to generate more than 600 horsepower. All that oomph will travel to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transaxle. Production will be limited to only about 250 units per year according to Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak.

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Ford GT Race Car Completes Slowest Lap Of "Silverstone"

Ford GT Race Car Completes Slowest Lap Of "Silverstone"

Clever marketing ploy gets attention of busy Londoners

The Ford GT race car will make its long-awaited debut at the season-opening race of the FIA World Endurance Championship this weekend, April 17, 2016, at Silverstone. Two GT racers under Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will take to the field with an eye towards making a resounding debut in the WEC. That’s all well and good but before the #86 and #87 racers take to the track, Ford dropped an incredible piece of marketing featuring the aforementioned race car in the streets of London.

The objective was simple. Ahead of the GT’s debut at Silverstone this weekend, Ford wanted it to get acclimated with the track by having it do a lap around the racing circuit. Seems simple enough, right? Well, thing is that “circuit” is actually the hectic streets of London, which was mapped in such a way to closely resemble the twists and turns of Silverstone. Ford even embraced the whole stunt by describing it “the slowest recorded lap time around its tongue-and-cheek version of Silverstone. Turns out, setting that record proved to be a breeze as the notorious traffic in the megacity kept the Ford GT (that was actually loaded aboard a transport truck) from completing a single lap for two hours and 20 minutes.

The GT’s snail’s pace – or was it the transport truck? – did come with some benefits as awestruck pedestrians who probably didn’t know what was going on were all there, smartphones in hand, to capture the moment. It’s a great way to introduce the Ford GT race car to British racing fans, but let’s all hope that the pace it set in London won’t be what it does when the real racing happens in the real Silverstone this weekend.

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Ford GT Heritage Edition To Go Under The Hammer At Barrett-Jackson Auction

Ford GT Heritage Edition To Go Under The Hammer At Barrett-Jackson Auction

Rare supercar expected to fetch at least $500,000

The Ford GT Heritage Edition is without question one of the most prized American-made supercars in history. Only 343 units were built by Ford back in 2004. In the decade since, appreciation for the GT Heritage Edition has shot to the sky as the supercar’s limited nature has made it one of the most prized possessions of any auto collector. Fortunately for those in the market for one, Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning not one, but two GT Heritage Edition models, one of which is about as close to brand new as it can get. The auction will take place from April 8 to 10, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida.

This particular model carries the VIN 1FAFP90S96Y400781 and has just under five miles on its odometer. Yep, five miles. Everything about it remains in factory original delivery condition, right down to the steering wheel and the plastic-covered seats. Even the factory-transport stickers are intact. Same thing with the original documentation from Ford Motor Company, including the Window Sticker and all the books and manuals. It’s rare to find an auction piece that’s this close to being brand new. It’s even rarer when the auction piece is as exclusive as this one.

In terms of performance, this GT Heritage Edition is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine that spits out 550 horsepower. That output isn’t special by today’s standards, but given everything else about this car is next to brand new, the estimated $500,000 price tag for this über exclusive Ford GT is worth every penny. That’s not to say that the car will fetch that amount. It could be less; it could be more. But it is attached to a piece of history that will likely go down in the annals of American performance cars as one of the most iconic supercars this beautiful country of ours has ever created.

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