Produced between 2004 and 2006, the Ford GT is a mid-engine two-seater sports car that's design drew inspiration from Ford's GT40 race cars of the 1960s.
The GT was designed as a concept car in anticipation of the automaker's centennial year and as part of its drive to showcase its revival of, "heritage", names such as Mustang and Thunderbird. It should be noted that Carroll Shelby was brought in by Ford to help develop the Ford GT; this included performance testing of the prototype car.
Although the GT is similar in outward appearance to the original GT40, it is bigger, wider, and 3 inches taller than the original (which was 40 inches - hence the name GT40). Although the cars are visually related and have the same basic layout, there is no similarity between the modern GT and the 1960s GT40 structurally.
The first customers took delivery of cars in August 2004. The GT's major assembly took place at Mayflower Vehicle Systems in Norwalk, Ohio. Approximately 550 were built in 2004, nearly 1,900 in 2005, and just over 1,600 in 2006. Optional equipment available included a McIntosh sound system, racing stripes, painted brake calipers, and forged alloy wheels adding an additional $13,500 to the RRP.
The mid-mounted 5.4 Litre Modular V8 engine is all-aluminium with a Lysholm twin screw-type supercharger. It features a forged rotating assembly housed in an aluminum block designed specifically for the GT program. A dry sump oiling system is employed, allowing the engine to sit low in the car's frame. Resulting power output is 550 hp at 6500 rpm and it generates 500 ft lb of torque at 3750 rpm. The motor is mated to a Ricardo six-speed manual transmission that features a helical limited-slip differential. Resulting performance figures are quoted as a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 212 mph!
A Ford GT represents a superbly engineered supercar with blistering characteristics and performance capabilities that was built to pay homage to one of the most appreciated and iconic cars ever built. When considering alternative supercars available today and their respective values it must certainly be noted that a GT represents superb value for money.
This example offered for sale has covered just 5,800 miles from new and is equipped with all the desirable optional extras. The condition is superb and the car has recently received a major service. UK registered and available immediately.
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