Preview - 2005 Ford GT

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  1. TriShield

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    Taking aim at Ferrari, again

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    Invoking its race-winning heritage, the new Ford GT shares similar exterior and interior styling with the original GT40

    By Patrick Hong • Photos by Allan Rosenberg
    November 2003

    The year was 1966. Ferrari had dominated the world's most prestigious endurance race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans by winning it the last six times in a row. After a failed attempt by Henry Ford II to buy Ferrari in the early '60s to help bolster its international racing presence, Ford Motor Company decided to build the GT40 race car and beat the famed Italian marque. Using the all-American big-block 427-cu.-in. engine powering the GT40 Mark II, the blue oval dominated the classic event at La Sarthe with an emphatic 1-2-3 finish.

    Flash forward to 2003. The same year in which Ford Motor Company celebrates its centennial, CEO William Clay Ford Jr. is ready to take on Ferrari once again. But this time, instead of dueling each other on the racetrack, Ford is taking the battle to the streets.

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    Targeted squarely at the Ferrari 360 Modena, the 2005 Ford GT is named to invoke its winning heritage and is designed as a high-performance sports car to surpass the successful Italian in every way: power, handling and everyday civility. In fact, Ford engineers are so confident that they even brought along a couple of 360 Modenas for us to drive back-to-back with the Ford GT during an early preview in Monterey, California.

    Powering the Ford GT is a mid-mounted, all-aluminum V-8 with an Eaton Model 2300 Lysholm screw-type supercharger. With a maximum 12 psi of boost forced into the 5.4-liter powerplant, maximum horsepower is rated in excess of 500 bhp at 6000 rpm. And keeping with the American sports car tradition of wheel-spinning smoky burnouts, the GT's 330-cu.-in. engine is capable of doling out 500 lb.-ft. of torque at a low 4500 rpm; enough to give any bystanders a good show with a simple tap on the throttle.

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    The supercharged V-8 even produces in excess of 500 bhp, close to the '60s' Le Mans car

    To keep all the power under control, Ford engineers focused on developing a stiff chassis to serve as the basis for a superior-handling sports car. With the exterior shape reminiscent of the original GT40 as seen at the 2002 North American International Auto Show, the Ford GT team designed an aluminum space frame under the skin. Relying heavily on computer-aided analysis, using extrusions, castings and stamped panels and the industry's first friction-stir welding, the Ford GT's chassis is 40 percent stiffer than the Ferrari 360 Modena's.

    Extending out to all four corners of the GT are unequal-length upper A-arms and lower L-arms with coil springs, monotube shocks and anti-roll bars. Brembo monoblock 4-piston calipers are on duty all around and ready to clamp down on front 14.0-in. and rear 13.2-in. cross-drilled and vented discs. Although riding on one-piece BBS wheels and aggressive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 235/45ZR-18 front and 315/40ZR-19 rear tires, the Ford GT is tuned more for the street than the track. On state highways along the central California coast and threading through area mountain roads, the GT provides civil road manners.

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    But don't let the ease of driving the Ford GT fool you. After a few laps around Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, the newest Ford supercar is well equipped to handle the tight chicanes and the heart-stopping downhill Corkscrew. Compared with the Ferrari 360 Modena, where high engine revs are needed for power, the robust torque of the supercharged V-8 (as low as 2000 rpm) launches the GT out of corners with authority. The balance and grip are impressive; it simply does everything you ask in a very relaxed manner. While the Ferrari demands more driver involvement, the Ford appears to perform with less effort.

    Production for the Ford GT is set to begin in the spring of 2004, with the list price set just under $150,000.

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  2. lambosv21

    lambosv21 Please Don't Pet The Cows

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    Wait, where did THOSE wheels come from. Those haven't been on any other production ones.
     
  4. mucky

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    :eek3:



    IBHaters
     
  5. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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  6. BLoG

    BLoG Scented Meat

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    FINALLY!!!!!! I've been dying to know which blower they were using.

    That should be a nice upgrade for any lightning/03 cobra guys if it finds its way into the aftermarket.
     
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  8. Ford > Ferrari.

    Truth.
     
  9. DMClark

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    Look like the FR-500 wheels.
     
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    BLoG Scented Meat

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    Somewhat similar spokes, but them ain't no fr500s
     
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    BLoG Scented Meat

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    smell my finger strive nonetheless towards beauty and truth,

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    those wheels are sex
     
  13. kaldurak

    kaldurak Gimme some sugar baby.

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    BLoG Scented Meat

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    Of course.
     
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    Awesome car!!
     
  16. dmora

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    These wheels are MUCH better!!!!
    :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
     
  17. BLoG

    BLoG Scented Meat

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    Spotted another change: the round metal bits in the seat look black, not silver in the tiny pic.
     
  18. :: hmk ::

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    this will decimate all
     
  19. you know me

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    sex on wheels
     
  20. Hollister, did you miss your "attn" thread?
     
  21. RunninWild

    RunninWild How subtle of you

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    So would you say it lived up to it's hype? I know that they dont make them anymore.. already, which is sad
     
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    you bumped a 7 yr old thread
     
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    Smelly-Kitten Dept. of Redundancy Department *Side Pipes

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    You are not allowed to post in threads that have been on here longer than you
     
  24. RunninWild

    RunninWild How subtle of you

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    You guys arent contributing at all..
    Dont be rude. Im just asking a q about this awesome car
     
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    All the Ford GT wheels are made by BBS.

    And aside from their control arm issues, I'd say the car definitely lived up to the hype. What other car could you get at that time for $150k with that level of perfomance?

    Plus they run like thrice-raped apes with a TT setup.
     

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