Ford GT Gets Sucked into the Takata Airbag Recall

Ford GT Airbag
The Ford GT’s original driver airbag is part of the massive Takata airbag recall

As the largest recall in the history of the automobile it’s not surprising the Ford GT got sucked into the Takata airbag recall. In early 2015 a recall notice was sent to all Ford GT owners informing them their driver’s airbag needed to be replaced because of the defective Takata airbag inflator. Unlike many recalls, this one really is scary because it can result in metal shrapnel being thrown at vehicle occupants. Think IED in your steering wheel. Read more

Ford GT Steals the Show

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I visited the Super Street car show with my Ford GT, as an observer

In January of 2015 I went to a local import performance car show in Costa Mesa. It was sponsored by Super Street magazine, the first magazine I worked at as a feature writer (before that I worked at Hot Rod, Car Craft and several other enthusiast magazines as an editorial assistant). I didn’t go to be a part of the show, just an observer. Read more

Ford GT’s Midnight Blue Color Must be Clean to be Seen

Ford GT Midnight Blue Color
The Ford GT’s Midnight Blue color needs the right circumstances to truly shine

When I was ordering my Ford GT in the Spring of 2005 I agonized over the color. There were eight to choose from, but only Mark IV Red, Centennial White or Midnight Blue really interested me. I loved the GT in red, and still do, but as the “anti-Ferrari” I just couldn’t bring myself to order that color. This left white or blue, both of which are stunning on the Ford GT, though for different reasons. Read more

Ford GT Owners Rally in Vegas and New Vacuum Gauge

Ford GT Rally Vegas
A Ford GT Owners Rally in Vegas meant an opportunity for GT service

By October of 2014 I had been staring at a dead vacuum gauge for over 2 and 1/2 years. I purchased a new vacuum gauge shortly after my original gauge died, but I only trusted The GT Guys to install it. Unfortunately, they’re based 2,300 miles east of Los Angeles, near Detroit, so getting The GT Guys and my GT in the same place at the same time isn’t always easy. Read more

Ford GT Celebrated at Supercar Sunday

Ford GT Supercar Sunday
Almost 20 Ford GTs showed up for the Supercar Sunday car show

Another weekend means another car show in Southern California. In fact, every Sunday there’s a car show called Supercar Sunday in Woodland Hills, northwest of Los Angeles. While this show happens every weekend, there’s often a vehicle theme at Supercar Sunday that celebrates a specific model. In September 2014 the celebrated model was the Ford GT. Read more

Ford GT Invades Ferrari Car Show

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A trio of Ferrari 458s highlight the Italian supercars at a Ferrari Car Show

Southern California is a hotbed of car activity. Almost every weekend there’s a car show in almost every Los Angeles neighborhood. Back in February of 2014 a Ferrari car show was taking place at the famous Petersen Automotive Museum in West Los Angeles. I wanted to go, but I didn’t know how the Ferrarista would feel about a Ford GT invading their domain…

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My Ford GT proudly showed its colors…and license plate

After some consideration I figured the worst that might happen is I’d have to park a few blocks away from the Ferrari car show and walk over to see the Italian iron. I drove up to the Petersen Museum early on a Sunday morning and was happy to discover I’d only have to park about 20 yards from the Ferraris. The “non-Ferrari” section of the car show was on the same level of the parking structure as the rest of the cars, with only a single aisle separating them.  Read more

Ford GT versus McLaren 12C

April 2013: Ford GT Goes High-Speed Racing

While a Ford GT doesn’t work well for traditional quarter-mile drag racing, it’s a perfect candidate for Shift Sector Airstrip Attack events, like the one at Coalinga Airport in April of 2013. I drove my Ford GT up to this airstrip, about 100 miles northwest of Bakersfield, to try my luck at high-speed, straight-line racing.

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Two Ford GTs flank a McLaren 12C at Shift Sector

At these Shift Sector events you can race from either a dead stop, like traditional drag racers, or you and your opponent can roll casually up to 50 mph and then punch it up to between 150 and 200 mph. This type of racing offers several advantage for high-horsepower supercars. First, it removes the traction issue so many supercars struggle with when trying to apply full power from a standstill. Second, it really tests a car’s horsepower and/or aerodynamics rather than just it’s ability to put power down from zero-to-60. Read more

Ford GT Memorial Proves You Need to Drive Them

2006 Ford GT Memorial
Two Ford GTs bracket a Porsche 911 Turbo S during a memorial

April 2013: Ford GTs Headline a Memorial

What do you do if you have a mint condition, sub-300-mile 2006 Ford GT and you don’t want to drive it? If you’re a Brentwood resident with sufficient space and funds you get a second 2006 Ford GT so you can have a driver to enjoy while leaving your first, low-mileage GT safely in the garage. Read more

Ford GT Gets Dyno’d and Creates 618 Horsepower

March 2013: Ford GT and a Dyno Pull

My Ford GT’s engine was modified in August of 2007. The Supercharger pulley was replaced with a smaller unit, and the engine’s ECU was re-flashed to take advantage of the smaller pulley. Then in April of 2008 I swapped the factory exhaust system for a Ford Racing/Borla system that mostly adds a deeper tone to the exhaust note while dropping about 30 pounds compared to the stock exhaust. Read more