Ford GT Origins
The Ford GT is a supercharged, mid-engine V-8 that produces 550 horsepower, similar to the performance of the 1966 GT40 that inspired it.
Outside of the consumer market, some Ford GTs were involved in the racing circuit, proving that the quality engineering and power of the Ford GT is more than just a reasonable facsimile of an actual racing machine.
The Ford GT1 is a racing version developed to comply with FIA GT1 rules; three GT1 Fords competed in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
The Genaddi Design Group performed the aftermarket conversion to create the Ford GTX1, a roadster version of the Ford GT. They included upgrades to the suspension, brakes, and aerodynamics. After adding an improved supercharger and exhaust line, horsepower was increased to 700. Only 35 conversions were completed by 2008.
The Ford GT Forum is a club for Ford GT owners and enthusiasts. Drivers participate in the annual Ford GT National Rally, at whichthey cango on roads or the track with their vehicles.About the Ford GT
Since Ford produced the GT to commemorate the GT40’s victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, buyers had the thrill of driving a racetrack-worthy muscle car on the street. Only 4038 Ford GTs were produced in 2005 and 2006 model years.Ford GT Features
The 2006 Ford GT is equipped with an all-aluminum supercharged engine. The 5.4-liter Modular V-8 engine features a forged-rotating assembly housed in an aluminum block designed specifically for the GT program. The DOHC 4-valve heads are revised from the 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R. The engine is paired with a Ricardo six-speed manual transmission and helical limited-slip differential.
The 2006 Ford GT can reach a top speed of 205 mph, and can go from zero to sixty in 3.2 seconds. The GT runs on gasoline; it does not need aviation fuel likemost racing supercars do.All of this performance comes at a price. At time of release, the MSRP ranged from $143,000 to $157,000, and one GT fetched $557,000 at auction.
Thanks to custom engineering, the GT’s frame is superplastic-formed. It has aluminum body panels and clad metal floor panels. Friction stir welding, which bonds metal without melting it, was used to create the center tunnel, which houses the fuel tank. It includes a capless fuel filler system, one-piece door panels and an aluminum engine cover with a one-piece carbon fiber inner panel.
The Ford GT features 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels as well as offering Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. The one-piece door panels are cut into the roof of the car, giving the 2006 Ford GT its signature look. Four-piston aluminum Brembo calipers with cross-drilled and vented rotors on all four wheels offer performance braking for this supercar.
The all-aluminum body of the Ford GT is higher and longer than the original GT40. Cooling scoops on the rear quarter panels allow fresh air into the engine. Flush-mounted windows mimic the appearance of the GT40. Cantilevered doors open so thatthe driver and a passenger can squeeze into the cockpit. The 2006 Ford GT features high-intensity headlights and round taillights with indirect LED brake lamps. When the canopy is open, the engine and components of the rear suspension are visible.
Deep-ventilated leather bucket seats cradle the driver and passenger. An impressive analog gauge package includes a tachometer and looks much like the original GT40. The body aluminum is part of the interior; there is no plastic trim hiding the metal, creating a lean and stylish driving interior. The leather dash contains toggle switches for the headlights, fog lights, wipers, and defroster. A leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel provide optimum accessibility. The starter button and AM/FM/CD stereo are in the center console. Standard features include air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows, and power locks.
The driver’s ability to see the engine just by glancing in the rear view mirror is not standard. But the 2006 Ford GT offers a thrilling ride, whether you are at the track or on a city street.Additionally, the 2006 Ford GT received 12/19 mpg city/highway ratings.
A limited-edition Tungsten gray model was produced to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the initial victories at Le Mans.
Introduced in the 2005 model year, the Ford GT offers drivers a muscle car's speed and performance of a muscle car in addition to the amenities one would expect in a roadster.