The New Ford GT Is a Phenomenal Phoenix Rising

Original Ford GT40s are the most legendary competition cars in the marque’s history. Today, they are coveted treasures whose value and significance are reflected not just in their beauty and performance but also in the pivotal role they played in the company’s domination of motorsports during what is arguably racing’s most exciting period. After a failed Le Mans effort in 1964, Henry Ford II had Carroll Shelby work out the kinks in the newfangled mid-engine GT40 and turn it into a Ferrari-beater—which it did, taking 1-2-3 victories at Daytona, Sebring, and ultimately Le Mans in 1966. Despite the split-second politics that deprived Ken Miles (who would die shortly afterward during development testing on the track) of his rightful first-place finish among the three cars, the en masse domination over its Italian competitor proved the mettle of Ford’s GT40.

The GT40 (the number is the car’s height in inches; measure it out and imagine driving something that low) became the Blue Oval’s halo for decades to follow. Between 2004 and 2006, the company briefly resuscitated its icon as the Ford GT, building 4,038 examples. The rather self-conscious and deliberately retro design was larger than the original and was Ford’s first true supercar in the modern sense, though its lifespan was short and—unlike with its forebear—the factory had no intention of racing it. A 10-year dry spell followed with no worthy heir to rub shoulders with fancy foreign rolling stock, on the track or on the street. Now, with the 2017 Ford GT, they can rub shoulders—or just stomp to death. Read more about the The New Ford GT...

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21 Jul 2019