Ford GT in West Covina, CA
Ford GT at Performance Ford
Honoring the iconic GT40 race car with its breathtaking bodywork, the Ford GT serves as the last model year of the limited-production road-going race car. To pay homage to the five original GT prototypes, Ford introduces the 2022 GT ‘64 Prototype Heritage Edition, which is meant to mimic the first GT/101 prototype. This special edition sports Wimbledon White paint with an Antimatter Blue racing stripe extending over the roof and to the 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels.
The Ford GT comes in an array of exterior colors from Liquid Blue, and Shadow Black, to Triple Yellow and Matte Black. The interior of the car is driver-focused and minimalistic, with almost every control attached to the steering wheel. With that benign said, the GT does not offer a large infotainment touchscreen but instead has a 6.5-inch screen. The digital display that controls the infotainment functions is infixed into a suede-wrapped dashboard, while the gauge cluster looks like it was taken straight out of the Ford GT race car. Ford also designed the steering wheel and pedals to adjust to the driver’s fixed seat.
Equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the GT pumps out 660 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a manual shifting mode. This hypercar can go from zero to 60 in 3.0 seconds, zero to 100 in 6.2 seconds, zero to 170 in 21.4 seconds, and hits a top speed of 216 mph. There are also hydraulic, not electric, power steering and carbon-ceramic brakes with six-piston Brembo front calipers clamping 394mm discs. The GT has Track Mode as well, just by turning a knob on the steering wheel, and confirming with another button press, the GT instantly drops 50mm. Racing driver Billy Johnson set a lap time of 2:38 around Virginia International raceway in a 2017 Ford GT, placing it third overall in Car and Driver’s testing. In 2019 the GT Mk II was launched with a 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 engine, rating at over 700 hp. The GT Mk II featured changes like the removal of the adjustable ride height system and the replacement of the active spoiler with a much larger wing. Because of these changes, the GT Mk II is not street legal and only 45 will have been built.
Paying Tribute to a Legend
Commissioned by the Ford Motor Company, the Ford GT40 was a high-performance endurance racing car based upon the Lola Mk6. Originally, the car was built by Ford Advanced Vehicles in the 1960s out of the UK, but later the engineering team was relocated to Michigan where the Mk IV was designed and built. Ford Motor Company launched the GT40 in an effort to win in long-distance sports car races against Ferrari. From 1960 to 1965, Ferrari win every 24 Hours of Le Mans, until the GT40 broke the streak in 1966. That same year, the three teams that raced the Mk II dominated Le Mans beating Ferrari and winning first through third place. The GT40 went on to win the next three annual races. In 1967, the Mk IV become the only car built entirely in the United States to accomplish the overall win at Le Mans.