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oh wow..i didn't think it would actually see production..i did read something about it in car and driver i think..ford said they want it to be able to hang with a viper if needed..sounds fun
 

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Here’s the pudding: Ford reveals proof behind production plans for GT supercar

Details, details.

Since first showing Ford’s concept GT40 on our Jan. 14 cover, we’ve been grabbing every detail we can get about Dearborn’s coming supercar. At an early October meeting with Ford dealers in Las Vegas, company honchos filled in some of the blanks, including the name of the car, ballpark pricing and production plans.

First the name: Ford says it’s going back to the historic 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 24-Hours of Le Mans for the name, Ford GT. The concept carried the name GT40 in keeping with the nickname that referred to the 40-inch height of the first race cars, but we hear Ford wasn’t able to secure rights to use the GT40 name in production. The company’s spin-doctors say it wants to pay homage to the original while making a direct connection to the Ford brand.

“Little kids, and big ones, dream about ‘Ferraris’ not ‘360 Modenas,’” says Ford Division president Steve Lyons. “We want people to dream about the ‘Ford GT’ and put the emphasis on the Ford brand.”

Up next, pricing: Final pricing won’t come until just before the car goes in sale in 2004, but Lyons told dealers the car will sticker for “substantially less than $150,000.” Though some had speculated the limited-production two-seater would retail in the $250,000 range, we’ve been told from early on to expect a sticker somewhere north of $100,000, most likely about $125,000.

Finally, production: As we’ve reported, Ford wants to make sure it builds at least a few GTs to commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2003. Now the company is confirming that plan, officially announcing that just three cars will be built in 2003 for the anniversary. Regular production of about 1000 cars annually begins in early 2004. Sources say they’ll build up to 2500 cars total over several years. Where exactly in the Detroit area the car will be built is not yet finalized.

What’s missing? Ford still isn’t talking specifics on drivetrain and performance, so we’ll stick with the word we’ve heard: The GT’s aluminum body and chassis will be constructed by United Kingdom-based Mayflower Vehicle Systems (but within 100 miles of Ford headquarters). Also, a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 modified by Roush will produce about 500 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Lear will work on interiors while Saleen Industries will put the car together with direction from the Ford Performance Group.
Want to get on the list for one? Your best bet is to befriend a Ford dealer that scores consistently high customer satisfaction numbers and sells lots of cars. Other dealers will get the GT via a lottery.






 

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heres the question.
What are the specs and the price. Its not fast just cause it looks fast, or because it has a nice legacy (Monte Carlo, Impala- embarrassing to their histories .. i know its chevy)

I'd rather get a m3 and with a few modifications easily keep up.
 

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Oracle17 said:
heres the question.
What are the specs and the price. Its not fast just cause it looks fast, or because it has a nice legacy (Monte Carlo, Impala- embarrassing to their histories .. i know its chevy)

I'd rather get a m3 and with a few modifications easily keep up.
*Aluminum space frame, Unstressed composite body. It's going to weigh less then 3000lbs which would be fairly light.
*mid engine
*only 43" tall. For comparison a 911 turbo is 51" tall and the NSX 46"
*500hp and 500lb-ft Tq (rated, i think like the 2003 Cobras and Lightning, they'll make a little more)
* 15" 4 wheel discs
*200mph top-speed

It'll take a lot more then a few modifications on the m3 to even come close;). It will take a shitload of mods and atleast 600 or so horses as well as a heavily modified suspension for it to hang.
 

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The GT40 is amazing...last year I say it at the Auto Show down here and it was damn impressive. I especcially loved the ass of the car, the giant meaty tires ready to lay down 500hp and 500ft.lb. of torque...*drool* I've heard sound clips and videos of that thing on the Internet and needless to say my pants were soaked :D Just one of the many reasons I like Ford :)
 

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okay okay... i hear ya about the m3.

However according to Car and Driver, the m3 is only a 1/10 of a second behind the z06 which is a 1/10 of a second behind the viper. They listed it at a 12.9 quartermile. How much is the gt40 gonna cost?
 

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okay okay... i hear ya about the m3.

However according to Car and Driver, the m3 is only a 1/10 of a second behind the z06 which is a 1/10 of a second behind the viper. They listed it at a 12.9 quartermile. How much is the gt40 gonna cost?
They got a good time out of that m3. But truth be told, the z06 is more then 1/10th of a sec faster then 12.9 or the m3. I've seen times as low as 12.1's and 12.2's for them. Guys are cracking 11's with just exhaust and DR's.
 

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11.7 in a stock zo6? Thats faster then the time car and driver has for the McLaren F1...
You got to realize that mag drivers don't usually get the best times.

They don't prep the car (remove jack/spare, lower tire pressure, run 1/4 tank of gas instead of full, etc...) nor do they power shift or go past the redline. They basically don't drive the cars to their very limits since they are afraid of breaking parts. Atleast that's what i've heard. An owner on the other hand will do all this and if they're a good enough driver, they'll be a few tenths faster. It also depends on the car.
 
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