Although that doesn’t mean you can pick it up for half price…
The V10 version of the incredible R8..
If you haven’t figured it out by now, it’s GT40 week at FYI!
Likely more than you ever wanted to know about a Ford supercar…
This is the last GT post, I promise.
Now, fast forward to the 2006 Ford GT. A modern rendition of the original GT40, in both spirit and performance. The GT has a 550hp supercharged V8. It’s bigger and heavier than the vintage racer – yet manages to maintain both proportion and capability. An impressive accomplishment considering what the original GT40 represented. 1968 vs. 2006… This is a mid-engine 200+ mph racecar, that you can buy and drive on public roads. One of the [few] great examples of what an American car company can accomplish when they ‘get it right’.An instant modern classic.
My favorite vintage race car of all time.. the 1968 Ford GT40. The most bad-ass car ever built in America. The GT40 name was derived from the fact that the roof line was only 40 inches (101.6cm) above the pavement! Back in the early 1960’s Henry Ford (jr) attempted to purchase Ferrari, and in the 11th hour Enzo backed out of the deal. Henry decided to just beat Ferrari at their own game instead. In 1963 Ford set up a special projects group to do just that. This is the Ford that beat Farrari; The pick-up-truck-company that beat Ferrari! The GT40 won Le Mans – the most demanding road race in the world – in 1966, and again in 1967, and again in 1968, and again in 1969. Ending the consecutive dominance of Ferrari at Le Mans.The 1968 Mark I had a 4.9 L V8 with 425 hp. Although the 4.9L was over 100hp less than the previous 7.0L GT40’s that won in ’66 and ’67, it was lighter and faster. The top speed on the Mulsanne straight was 220mph! Now stop and think about that… 220 mph/350kph on 1968 tire technology, with cowboy aerodynamics – In the rain, in the dark, with the sun in your eyes, AND for 24 hours straight (changing drivers). Now also consider that there was no safety beyond a seat belt. The drivers actually sat with the fuel tank wrapped around them!
650 hp supercharged 5.5L V8.
The 722 edition SLR is reference to the Mille Miglia victory by Sterling Moss
in the Mercedes 300 SLR in 1955.
1955 Mercedes 300 SL gullwing. One of the coolest
vintage cars of all time.
The last version of the SLR to be produced is the Sterling Moss
edition, which clearly takes inspiration from the original 300 SLR.
Only 75 to be built as 2010 model.
TR, HF, Sanna in Tokyo.
S.L.R. yo. The Real Batmobile.