the ford Motor Company is an American automobile manufacturer that ranks sixth in the world in terms of vehicle sales. Henry Ford launched the company on June 16, 1903, in Dearborn, Michigan, a Detroit suburb.
As American as could be, Ford was built during the era’s of war and the Great Depression, though many years later they have flourished as a company, selling their cars all over the world. Proudly American, Ford produced one such car that embodied everything that the company stood by. The GT.
Arguably one of the most famous and desirable cars ever made, the Ford GT truly is a gem.
Why Is The Ford GT So Famous?
The first-generation GT is inspired by Ford’s famous GT40, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times in a row (1966-1969), including a 1-2-3 finish in 1966. The Ford GT40 was a high-performance endurance racing vehicle that was commissioned by the Ford Motor Company.
Based on the Lola Mk6, the car was originally developed and produced by Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough, UK, in the early 1960s; but, following poor early racing performances, the engineering team was shifted to Dearborn, Michigan, commencing in 1964. (Kar Kraft). The Mk IV was developed and manufactured in the United States. The range was powered by a succession of Ford V8 engines developed in the United States and adapted for racing.
After the huge success of the GT40, Ford decided to up the ante and go for a more refined and improved version, known as the GT. The Ford GT is a mid-engine two-seater sports car produced and marketed by Ford in conjunction with the company’s centennial celebrations in 2003. For the 2017 model year, Ford introduced the second-generation Ford GT.
The Ford GT started out as a concept car, created in honor of the automaker’s centennial year and as part of a push to highlight and revive “heritage” names like Mustang and Thunderbird. Ford debuted a new GT40 concept car at the 2002 North American International Auto Show.
What Does The New Ford GT Look Like In Comparison To The GT40?
The GT looks similar to the original GT40 on the outside, but it’s bigger, wider, and, most importantly, 4 inches (100 mm) taller than the original’s 40 inches (100 cm) overall height; as a result, the GT44 was a possible name for the car. Although the cars are visually similar, the modern GT and the 1960s GT40 that inspired it have no structural similarities.
The open airflow tunnels built into the car’s rear fenders are the car’s most prominent exterior features. These massive aerodynamic elements channel air around the teardrop-shaped cockpit and over the rear spoiler for increased downforce, thanks to the compact V6 engine and pushrod suspension design.
The new GT’s front end features a cutaway nose inspired by the GT40 and hood vents that direct oncoming air over the car’s top. The back has a large diffuser and hollow circular taillights that expel air taken in through vents in the flying buttresses.
According to design director Chris Svensson, only “a handful of twelve people, including some key engineers, had access to the design studio” during the development of the second-generation GT at Ford. Until its 2015 unveiling at the North American Auto Show, Ford kept this secrecy to himself and nobody else.
The Performance Of The New GT
The new GT is claimed to have a new top speed of 216 mph (348 km/h) and a power-to-weight ratio of 0.43 horsepower (0.32 kW) per kilogram. The GT can achieve 1.11 g of lateral acceleration in steady-state cornering on a skidpad, and it can brake from 70 mph (113 km/h) to a stop at 145 feet (44 m). Below are some independent acceleration figures.
- 1⁄4 mile (402 m): 10.8 seconds at 134 mph (216 km/h)
- 0-60mph (97km/h): 3.0 seconds
- 0-100mph (161km/h): 6.2 seconds
- 0-130mph (209km/h): 10.1 seconds
- 0-150mph (241km/h): 14.5 seconds
- 0-170mph (274km/h): 21.4 seconds
The excellent performance figures are thanks to huge upgrades in exterior aerodynamic features. Not only do these features make the car look stunning, but they also serve an important purpose too.
Depending on how much you want to spend, the GT’s active rear spoiler can adjust and adapt to various driving conditions and modes. The GT’s active rear spoiler can adjust and adapt to various driving conditions and modes, depending on the amount of downforce required. In Track mode, a gurney flap will extend from the wing’s trailing edge to increase downforce even more, and the wing will flip vertically to aid in stopping the car under hard braking.
So yes, this car is really special. Quite possibly one of our favorite cars, ever!