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The name “Ford GT” has a special place in history. Back in 1963 Henry Ford was in the process of purchasing Ferrari when, after spending millions of dollars in auditing and negotiations, Enzo Ferrari ultimately backed out of the deal last minute. Ford, seeing this as a personal betrayal, directed his own racing division to build a racecar with the sole purpose of beating Ferrari in the world endurance racing championship. With the help of some famous names like Colin Chapman (of Lotus fame) and Carroll Shelby, the GT40 was born and went on to defeat Ferrari for four consecutive years (1966-1969) at the greatest race in the world- the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The defeat was so humiliating in fact, that Ferrari pulled out of Prototype endurance racing altogether.
As a 60th anniversary of Ford’s first victory at Le Mans, the 2017 Ford GT is an exercise in what engineering can accomplish. With a structure nearly totally constructed out of lightweight carbon fiber minus the aluminum front and rear subframes, the Ford GT is a featherweight at only 2550 lbs. The exterior has been inspired by the GT40 but utilizes the latest in aerodynamic efficiency. The body features a unique “teardrop” shape from above with the help of large buttresses to help the GT slice through the air with ease. Beautiful LED headlights and taillights bring design inspired by the GT40 into the modern era while the large dual exhausts in line with the taillights give a not-so-subtle hint at the GT’s sporting characteristics.
A number of different engine options were tossed around during the Ford GT’s development including the Mustang’s 5.0L V8 and there were even rumors of a V10 possibly powering it. However in a true feat of engineering Ford decided on the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 to be the GT’s powerplant. Producing an astonishing 720-hp and 539 lb/ft of torque, the Ford GT produces more power than a Lamborghini Aventador Anniversario (rated at 710-hp) while being a staggering 1500 lbs lighter. Also similar to that of the Lamborghini Aventador is the Formula 1 inspired pushrod suspension with a number of different drive settings ranging from a comfort-oriented normal mode to an all-out track mode. 0-60mph for the Ford GT is a claimed 2.8 seconds- blisteringly quick for a rear-wheel drive supercar.
The interior of the Ford GT will make you forget you are driving a street-legal vehicle. A true F1 inspired steering wheel gives you quick access to vehicle functions on the fly while the rest are just a short reach away on the center console. The driver information display is a single configurable LCD screen, which is partnered with a heads-up display unit to give you live vehicle information keeping your eyes on the road. A simple multimedia system with integrated navigation is also equipped but from the look of it appears to be an afterthought on such a track-focused vehicle. The seats are set deep and well bolstered to keep you upright and supported in the tight turns but are comfortable enough for daily use.
The 2017 Ford GT is surely a vehicle that will be seen as a worthy successor to the legendary GT40. Equipped with its 720-hp Ecoboost V6, sculpted bodywork to make the Italians blush, and a planned production run of only 250 units, you can be sure that the Ford GT will quickly become on of the most sought after vehicles on the road.

The Stats
Starting Price: $599,695
Engine: 3.5L Twin-Turbo V6
Horsepower: 720
Torque: 539 lb/ft
0-60 MPH: 2.8 Seconds
Fuel Economy: 17/25 mpg
Safety Rating: 5 Stars

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