The Ford GT is a mid-engine two-seater American sports car. Ford Motor Company produced the Ford GT for the model years 2004 to 2006. The designers were inspired by the Ford GT40 race cars of the 1960s. The Ford GT began as a concept car in anticipation of the automaker’s centennial and to present as part of its efforts to revive their names and ” heritage ” as Mustang and Thunderbird developed. At the 1995 Detroit Auto Show, the Ford GT90 concept was shown. In the 2002 Motor Show, Ford unveiled a new GT40 Concept car. Camilo Pardo, the head of the ” Living Legends ” studio of Ford, as the chief designer of the GT recognized and worked under the guidance of J Mays. Carroll Shelby was introduced by Ford to the development of the Ford GT, the performance testing prototype car. While the project was still a secret, called Petunia.
The GT is similar in appearance to the original Ford GT40 cars, but bigger, wider, and especially in 3 (76 mm) larger than the original 40 in (100 cm), and was, as a result, a potential name for the car of GT43. Although the cars are visually related, structurally, there is no similarity between the modern GT and 1960 GT40 that inspired it. Three prototype cars were shown in 2003 as part of Ford’s centenary, and delivery of the production Ford GT began in the fall of 2004.
A British company, Safir Engineering, the continuation GT40s Originally built in the 1980s under the trade name ” GT40 ” in possession. When it is completed production, they sold the excess parts, tooling, design and brand of a small Ohio company called Safir GT40 Spares. This company licensed the use of the mark ” GT40 ” to Ford for the first show car in 2002. When Ford decided the production vehicle, failed negotiations between the two companies. The production cars do not wear the badge GT40.
The GT was produced in model years 2005 and 2006, with the first customer acquisition in August 2004. The GT began assembly at Mayflower Vehicle Systems in Norwalk, Ohio and was painted by Saleen in their Saleen Special Vehicles facilities in Troy, Michigan. The GT is powered by an engine built at Ford’s Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, Michigan. The installation of the engine and transmission with interior design was handled in the SVT building at Ford’s Wixom, Michigan plant.
Of the 4,500 GTs originally planned, approximately 100 were for export to Europe, starting in autumn 2005. Another 200 were intended for sale in Canada. Production ended in 2006 without achieving the expected amount. About 550 were in 2004 nearly 1,900 in 2005 and just over 1,600 built in 2006, for a total of 4038th The last 11 bodies were manufactured by Mayflower Vehicle Systems dismantled and sold the frame and body parts as spare parts.
As with many exotic vehicles, when the Ford GT was released, the demand exceeded the supply, and the cars initially sold for premium prices. The first private sale of the new mid-engine sports car from Ford was 4 August 2004 completed when former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley took delivery of his Midnight Blue 2005 Ford GT. Shirley earned the right, the first production Ford GT (chassis # 10) on sale at a charity auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Auction after bidding over $ 557,000.
Some other early models, both as sold $ 100,000 bonus in relation to recommended retail price of $ 139,995 (Ford increased the MSRP of $ 149,995 on 1 July 2005). Optional equipment includes a McIntosh sound system, racing stripes, painted brake calipers and forged alloy wheels adding an additional $ 13,500 to the MSRP.
The production cycle of 4,038 GTs ended the 2006 model year, 21 September 2006 after the scheduled 4500th The Wixom Assembly Plant, the production of all models 31 May 2007 set. Sales of the GT continued further in 2007, cars in storage and in dealer inventories. During the lifetime of the GT car of the year award guzzlers appeared on the cover of the video game Gran Turismo Ford GT won 4.The Top Gear in 2005.