2005 Ford GT is a car.
Start Rating: (A300), (S308)
Max Rating: (A363), (S368)
|1966 Ford GT40 MK2||2017 Ford GT|
It was in France, in the mid-1960s, that the great American supercar came to life. A low-slung, mid-engined race car built to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and chase Ferrari out of endurance racing. Ford’s main goal with the GT40 was to change performance-car history. And it did. The race car triumphed against the world’s best in endurance racing, placing 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 and winning the legendary event for the next three consecutive years.
Some 40 years later, Ford revived the GT40 with a road-legal supercar that featured similar styling and a mid-mounted V-8 engine. FoMoCo wanted to name it the GT40, but a trademark owned by British company Safir Engineering, who built continuation GT40s in the 1980s, prevented it from doing so. Ultimately, Ford named it the GT, giving Detroit its first mainstream supercar in a very long while.
Production of the GT began in 2004 and lasted until 2006. Ford built 4,038 examples at its plant in Wixom, Michigan, short of the originally planned 4,500-unit run. Since its discontinuation in 2006, the Ford GT remained the only full-fledged supercar to come from Detroit until 2016, when a second-gen car is scheduled to hit the streets.