Ford GT40 For Sale in Namibia
What is Ford GT40 ?
The Ford GT40 is a high-performance endurance racing car designed and built by the Ford Motor Company. It grew out of the “Ford GT” (for Grand Touring) project, an effort to compete in European long-distance sports car races, against Ferrari, who had won the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race from 1960 to 1965.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why did they call the Ford GT40?
After all, we are talking about one of the most famous race cars of all time. The “GT” portion of the name was a nod to Grand Touring, or cars designed for both high speed and comfortable long-distance driving. And the “40” is famously a reference to the car’s rather low overall height in inches.
What is the difference between a Ford GT and GT40?
While under development, the project was called Petunia. The GT is similar in outward appearance to the original GT40, but is bigger, wider, and most importantly 4 in (100 mm) taller than the original’s 40 in (100 cm) overall height; as a result, a potential name for the car was the GT44.
How many Ford GT40 exist?
Total Number of GT40s
The Classic GT40 Ford is one of the rarest, most expensive cars you can buy at auction today. Only 124 Ford GT40s were ever made. That includes the prototypes (that were mostly crashed.) Of the original Mark 1 GT40s, 31 road cars were made.
What was the Ford GT40 made of?
The steel-bodied GT40 was heavy but durable, while a primitive computer program helped calibrate the suspension geometry. The first completed car, chassis no. GT/101, ran a Ford Fairlane-sourced 4.2-litre V8, but with an aluminium block and pushrods.
What makes the Ford GT40 so special?
The car was much lower and more aerodynamic than anything else on the track, which gave it a serious advantage over its competition. It also had a lightweight aluminum chassis, which helped to make it one of the fastest cars of its time.
Who owns the GT40 name?
“We wanted the (new) car to be called the Ford GT40,” says Bob Wood, part-owner of Safir GT40 Spares Ltd. of Cincinnati, which bought the GT40 name in 1999.
How much did the Ford GT40 cost?
Two bidders in the salesroom took the GT40 price from $9 million up to the record $11 million, which includes auction house fees, Canada-based RM said. The GT40 was created by Ford in the early 1960s to beat Ferrari at long-distance sports car races, after the U.S. auto giant failed to buy the Italian company in 1963.
Why was the GT40 banned?
After Foyt and Gurney gave the GT40 another Le Mans win the following year, race organizers banned the car’s 427-cubic-inch engine, stating that prototypes should have an engine capacity of 3 liters or, if part of a minimal production run of 50 units, 5 liters.
What is the top speed of the Ford GT40?
Their race car had a 7.0-liter V-8 engine that produced 425 horsepower and reached a top speed of 212 mph on the Mulsanne Straight. The GT40 went on to have four consecutive victories at Le Mans before it was discontinued and later reincarnated as the GT in 2005.
What engine is in the GT40?
Specs: GT40 MkII
|Torque||475lb ft @ 4000rpm|