Ford shows in Geneva the Ford GT Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition livery . The model honours Ford’s 1966 Le Mans victory, offering a Shadow Black exterior in either gloss or matte finish with silver stripes and exposed carbon fibre; Frozen White #2 hood and door graphics; and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminium wheels in a gold satin clearcoat with black lug nuts.
All Ford GT supercars feature a state-of-the-art 10-inch digital instrument display. The customisable screen features text and race-inspired graphics intended to help reduce driver distraction, and automatically reconfigures itself based on five unique Drive Modes: Normal mode, Wet mode, Sport mode, Track mode and V-Max mode.
The Ford GT’s 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine is SAE rated at 647hp and 550lb per ft of torque in U.S. specification. A top speed of 216mph makes the Ford GT the fastest Ford production vehicle on the track ever. The road-going Ford GT – featuring carbon fibre architecture and active aerodynamics – reflects the performance of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT race car, also on display in Geneva.
Ford made an historic return to Le Mans last year, taking victory in the LM GTE Pro class with the Ford GT race car – exactly 50 years after recording a 1-2-3 clean sweep at the 1966 race – and earlier this year announced four Ford GTs will compete at the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, June 17-18.
Ford and The LEGO® Group have joined forces to offer the 2016 Ford GT and 1966 Ford GT40 race cars as part of the exclusive LEGO® Speed Champions range of models, featuring iconic high performance road and racing cars.
Ford’s motorsport heritage
Performance and racing are deeply embedded in Ford’s DNA, dating back 116 years when Henry Ford won the Sweepstakes Race with his “999” race car, defeating Alexander Winton – at the time America’s greatest racer.
Ford is showcasing more than five decades of the company’s motorsports and performance history in Geneva with vehicles from the Ford Heritage Collection including:
A replica of the 1966 Ford GT40 Mk2 race car – powered by a 7.0-litre V8 engine – driven to victory by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours
A replica of the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally-winning Ford Escort Mk1, rebuilt with a 1.8-litre Ford Cosworth BDA engine delivering approximately 200 PS, and driven to victory in a 1995 re-run of the iconic 1970 rally by the original winning team of Hannu Mikkola and co-driver Gunnar Palm
A 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth homologated road car version of the Ford Escort World Rally Championship Group A rally car, featuring a 230 PS 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and four-wheel drive
Ford this year also celebrates 50 years since the introduction of the Ford Cosworth DFV (double-four-valve) V8 racing engine that delivered 155 race wins and 12 driver’s titles in Formula 1 racing across 15 years, and two victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours – including for the 1975 Mirage GR8 race car on show in Geneva.
Light, compact and powerful – the all-aluminium, 3.0-litre engine was designed to function as part of a race car’s chassis, featured four valves per cylinder and two camshafts per cylinder bank.
The spirit of innovation that delivered the Ford Cosworth DFV engine is reflected 50 years later in Ford’s EcoBoost engines – from the all-new new three-cylinder 1.5-litre EcoBoost to the twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine that powered the Ford GT race car to victory at Le Mans in 2016.
“Motorsport has always been a driver of innovation at Ford,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “Today, our global Ford Performance team is responsible for developing vehicles from the Ford GT race car to the next generation Fiesta ST. Working as one unified team helps us better deliver our core fun-to-drive experience and democratise sophisticated performance-enhancing features for every customer.”
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