2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition Pebble Beach
The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition in Shadow Black

You can see all the color and trim options for the new 2017 Ford GT at the Ford GT configurator, but for buyers looking to take the easy way out there’s the 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition. This one is designed to pay homage to the original GT40 that won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mens race. It debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey. Read more

Ford GT40s Flood the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours

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A row of Ford GT40s lined the lawn at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours

With 2016 being the 50th anniversary of Ford’s first Le Mans win in 1966 there were plenty of celebrations going on this year to mark the occasion. The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours got into the action by inviting every original Ford GT40 to the show. A surprising number of GT40s showed up, too. I’m pretty sure this was the biggest collection of Ford GT40s to ever appear in one place.

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1966 Ford GT40 Mk II

I’m not an expert on the Ford GT40, but I do idolize their race history and I find them beautiful in pretty much every color and race livery. Rather than trying to list all the interesting historical facts related to the cars I saw at Pebble Beach I’ll just post the Ford GT40 photos I took and let you enjoy them for the visual feast they offer. Read more

My Favorite Ford GT Angle: Overhead

2005 Ford GT Overhead Monterey Trip
My Ford GT looks even better from overhead, but I don’t usually get to see it that way

The Ford GT’s excellent design makes it look good from pretty much any angle. But my favorite angle is the overhead look you can only get from an elevated position. That’s not an easy position to get to unless you have a ladder, but I drove my Ford GT to Monterey Car Week this year, and on the drive up we stayed at a hotel with a balcony.  Read more

Ford GT Takata Airbag Replaced

2005 Ford GT Airbag Recall Fixed
My Ford GT had its drivers side Takata airbag replaced over a year after the recall

Over a year after receiving my Takata airbag recall notice I received a follow-up notice saying the parts were available. It took awhile to get my Ford GT to a local dealership, and I was nervous about letting the dealer service staff drive it. I still worry about people who aren’t familiar with the GT’s shift pattern, because many novice GT drivers confuse 1st and 3rd gear, and driving a Ford GT in 3rd gear at low speeds can quickly fry the clutch. Read more

New Ford GT Races at Le Mans, and Wins!

Ford GT 2016 Le Mans Front Strait
The Ford GT returned to Le Mans 50 years after its first victory

Fifty years after winning Le Mans in a 1-2-3 sweep, Ford Motor Company returned to the most famous race in the world. This 24-hour test of man and machine, with a 90-plus-year history, remains the pinnacle of endurance racing. Winning the 24 hours of Le Mans is a claim every automaker wants to make — but only 13 can. Winning Le Mans four or more times, which Ford did from 1966 to 1969, has only been accomplished by 6 automakers. So when Ford returned to Le Mans with the new Ford GT this year, it was a big deal.

Ford GT 2016 Le Mans Pit Lane
A tour of the Le Mans pit area was one of many perks of this trip

I was fortunate enough to attend the race for the first time this year. It had been on my bucket list forever, and I figured this was the year to make it happen. Happily, the Ford GT Forum felt the same way and arranged a group travel package for owners. By working directly with the automaker the Ford GT Forum was able to secure space in Ford’s VIP suite, which overlooks the front straight at Le Mans. Read more

New Ford GT First Road Test…Sort Of

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A Frozen White new Ford GT was one of two tested last week in Las Vegas

Many questions about the new Ford GT remain unanswered, but some information was recently released through a brief ride along by some enthusiast publications at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Motor Trend, Road & Track and Top Gear were all given an opportunity to experience the new Ford GT — from the passenger seat. These publications also learned more about the GT’s advanced suspension and aerodynamic capabilities. Read more

2005 Ford GT versus 2005 Acura NSX

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Two mid-engine sports cars from 2005, an Acura NSX and Ford GT

In 2005 the Ford GT was a brand new mid-engine sports car from America. That same year the lifecycle of an aging mid-engine sports car from Japan, the Acura NSX, was coming to an end. The brief crossover of these two cars provided an intriguing glimpse in sports car evolution.

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The Ford GT is actually slightly lower, overall, than the Acura NSX

One of the first things I noticed about the GT and NSX is how low the Ford sits, even by first-generation Acura NSX standards. The NSX is not a “big” car by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, its tidy dimensions and lightweight aluminum structure were considered cutting edge technology when it debuted in 1991. But when sitting next to the Ford GT the Acura NSX doesn’t look as low-slung as the GT, and careful analysis confirmed it is indeed slightly taller than Ford’s 2005 supercar. Read more

New Ford GT in White (Again) in Chicago

2017 Ford GT White Chicago Auto Show
My second look at the new Ford GT in white only increased its appeal

About a month after its Frozen White debut in Detroit the same new Ford GT prototype appeared at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show (wearing the same color). The color’s impact on me hadn’t faded a bit 4 weeks after the Detroit show, with many fans appropriately dubbing this white new Ford GT “stormtrooper.” Read more

2005 Ford GT versus 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

2005 Ford GT Dodge Viper ACR
One decade and two cylinders separate my Ford GT and this Dodge Viper ACR

The automotive journalist community is full of car guys, and many of them express their passion by buying special interest or enthusiast models. I’ve been doing this for over 20 years, with the Ford GT representing the latest in a long line of performance cars I’ve purchased, starting with a 1969 Plymouth GTX before I had my driver’s license.

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Alan Taylor and I met to swap keys and compare rides

One of my friends and colleagues, Alan Taylor, recently purchased a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR to express his passion for performance vehicles. Alan hosts “The Drive with Alan Taylor” and has been in the car business for over 30 years. After Alan purchased his Dodge Viper ACR we met to compare rides. Alan let me drive his Viper, and I was prepared to let him drive my Ford GT, but he politely declined. “I can’t relax when I drive other people’s cars.” Read more

New Ford GT in White at Detroit Auto Show

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The new Ford GT appears in Frozen White at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show

Every time a new Ford GT debuts in a new color it causes a stir, and at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show the new Ford GT showed up wearing Frozen White for the first time. Generally speaking, white isn’t one of my preferred colors, but on certain cars it looks great. I always loved the white Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved me, and I love 1970-1973 Pontiac Firebirds in white. Of course as I noted before, superb vehicle design can make almost any color work, and the new Ford GT looks stunning in white.

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