The Ford GT is a line of high-performance sports cars that have been made by Ford Motor Company since the 1960s. It began as a dream of the Ford chairman at the time, Henry Ford II, to create a car that would take them back to racing glory. The GT versions of the Ford Mustang, Mercury Cougar, and Lincoln Mark VII are some of the most iconic cars of all time.
The Original Ford GT
The first Ford GT was released in 1964 and was an instant success. It featured a powerful 4.2 liter V8 engine and dual four-barrel carburetors that gave it 375 horsepower. In 1965 it was modified to have 375 horsepower. It was light and powerful and featured a coil-sprung independent rear suspension along with rack-and-pinion steering. This car was an instant classic and was dubbed “The Legendary Ford GT” by Automobile Magazine in 1965.
The Modern Ford GT
In 2005, Ford announced their intention to develop an all new GT based on the Ford GT40 concept car. This new GT was to be powered by a supercharged 5.4 liter V8 engine that produced 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. It was light, fast and had an aerodynamic design that made it very stable at high speeds.
Features and Specs
- Engine: 5.4 liter V8 with supercharger
- Power: 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- Top Speed: 205 mph
- 0-60 mph: 3.3 seconds
The Ford GT is an iconic sports car that has been around for over 50 years. It has gone through multiple incarnations that have kept it at the top of the performance car market. From the original Ford GT in 1964, to the modern GT of today, the Ford GT has remained one of the most desirable sports cars of all time.