Manufactured to be as fast as a Ferrari. The GT went on to win many races at Le Mans. Today, it is still redefining American supercars.
Imagine if all of the best cars ever made were in one place, which car would be the best? It would have to be a Ford GT. The Ford GT is an American car. It was first built in the 1960s by Ford to challenge other cars like Ferrari.
Ford brought a car back in 2016 called the Ford GT. They were happy to have it back. The return of the American icon meant that Ford once again had a car capable of challenging Ferrari. It wasn’t an accident that Ford made the Ford GT on the 50th anniversary of its historic win at Le Mans. They wanted to do it again. The Ford GT was a car in America that made other people in the world think about American cars differently.
Carol Shelby won at Le Mans. He was influenced by his historic win there. Ford has always had a battle with Ferrari. The Ford GT is one of the top cars in the world, and this will continue.
Ford vs Ferrari
This rivalry has been going on for a long time. Most rivalries that are around for a long time do not have people from different generations take part in them, but this one does. The rivalry between Ford and Ferrari is very strong. It was even turned into a movie. The movie, needless to say, became an instant hit.
Henry Ford II wanted to build a performance division of the Ford Motor Company. But instead of just building a supercar, he decided that he would also take on Mercedes-Benz. Henry wanted to buy a car. But he didn’t know what to get. He saw the Ferrari and he wanted it.
Ford agreed to buy a stake in Ferrari, but then Ferrari changed their mind and did not do the deal. Henry Ford II was unhappy. He decided to make his own car, a supercar. He would be able to beat Ferrari and make a car that was better than what they made. That was a car that was from the United States called the Ford GT40. It was an original car that could compete with Europe’s elite cars.
Henry Ford, II wanted to destroy Ferrari. So he hired Carroll Shelby to help him. Shelby was given the job of making a car that can beat the Ferrari at Le Mans. He succeeded. Shelby tried a few cars before he found the Ford GT40. The Ford GT40 was then made into a better car that could win Le Mans.
In 1966, at Le Mans, a Ford GT40 beat a Ferrari and won. It was an important race and it’s an important car. The GT40 was a car that won Le Mans three more times. It is one of the greatest cars ever built.
Return of the GT
Almost 30 years ago, Ford stopped making supercars. They stopped making them until the Ford GT40. Ford Motor Company made the Ford GT for 100 years. They brought it back too! The Ford GT was inspired by the iconic Ford GT40. This car only came out for a short time, between 2004-2006.
In the Ford GT, there is a 5.4-liter V8 that makes 550 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. The GT had a top speed of 205 miles per hour and could go from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds. The Ford GT car could also go fast in a race. It would only take the car 11.2 seconds to finish a quarter-mile.
Ford GTs Swan Song
Ten years ago, Ford stopped making the GT for good. But they brought it back. This is the last time they will do this. Ford introduced a new car at the Detroit auto show in 2015. They did this in their typical way. This car is made of carbon and has a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine that makes 647 horsepower and can go 216 miles per hour.
Reclaiming Le Mans
Ford had won Le Mans before and on the 50th anniversary of that first win, Ford re-released the Ford GT. They wanted to win again. Ford’s love for Le Mans was going to continue. The no.68 Ford GT claimed the victory ahead of fierce rivals Ferrari at the 2016 Le Man’s endurance race. The victory came exactly 50 years after their historic 1,2, and 3 finish at Le Mans in 1966.
Ford GT Liquid Carbon
The Ford GT Liquid Carbon has a body that is made out of carbon fiber instead of the paint that is common on new cars. The special edition Ford GT takes three times longer to make than the regular one. It will cost you around $750,000.
The New 2020 Ford GT Liquid Carbon has the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo engine as a regular Ford GT, but unlike a regular Ford GT, the Liquid Carbon produces 13 more horsepower for a total output of 660 hp.
Ford GT Heritage Edition
Ford unveiled the new Ford GT Heritage Edition to honor the historic Ford GT40. The car has a paint scheme from when the car was racing in the Gulf of Mexico. The First Ford GT Heritage Edition was sold at auction for $2.5 million and the money went to charity.
Ford GT MK II
The Ford GT MK II is similar to the Ford GT. It has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo engine and produces 700 horsepower. The Ford GT is now the most powerful and fastest car ever. 45 cars will be made and they are a collaboration between Ford and Multimatic. The track-orientated MK II will cost $1.2 Million.