Nobody goes into auto journalism to get rich; we’re in it to serve our communities and make the world a better place. Every now and then, however, we’re tossed the keys to a half-million-dollar supercar, and we have to admit our joy. I have a soft spot for this one in particular. I began researching the history of the Ford GT in 2006, and have driven any number of the various generations of them on both road and track. I have stacks of Ford GT literature taller than I am. So when Ford offered me a couple of hours in the latest upgraded car during Monterey Car Week, I jumped at the chance to continue my intellectual journey in real-time.
There’s arguably no other model of car with a bio as exciting as the GT’s. While this latest model may look nothing like its 1960s forebear, it still has that history in its bones. The Ford GT began life on July 12, 1963, when Lee Iacocca held a special meeting of Ford execs to create Ford Advanced Vehicles. He tasked this new division with creating a racing car to dethrone Ferrari at Le Mans. They wanted a mid-engine vehicle capable of exceeding 200 mph—in other words, a car unlike any that had ever existed. Project head Roy Lunn said at the time, “With the exception of land-speed record cars, no vehicle has ever been developed to travel at speeds in excess of 200 mph on normal highways. These speeds are greater than the takeoff speed of most aircraft, but, conversely, the main problem will be to keep the vehicle on the ground.” Many of the original diagrams and engineering papers of the 1960s are available today in book form, and make for fascinating reading.
When Ford launched the next-gen GT for 2017, car fans scoffed at the idea of a Ford priced in the hundreds of thousands. Even the Ford GT of 2005-2006 was initially within reach for the moderately wealthy, although those cars have for the most part only increased in value. The new car is all but unattainable. That’s another reason I jumped at the chance to drive it; not only is it uber-expensive, but few exist. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.