In the world of motorsport, it is unlikely that any tribute car has historical underpinnings like the Ford GT. The original 1966 MK 2 was a veritable world beater, having won Sebring, and Daytona, and brutalized the competition with a 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans. It was the highwater mark, as well, for the legendary Ken Miles of Shelby American who won the first two races and, technically, should have been credited with the Le Mans win, as well. This success motivated Ford to develop the Mark IV that carried the day by winning Le Mans in ’67 with Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt at the helm. Those consecutive Le Mans wins proved to be the pinnacle of Ford’s success in racing. It was not to be repeated, again.
The 2006 variant is strikingly similar to the original, although certain modifications have been made to insure driver accessibility. It is bigger, wider, and four inches taller than the original. There was some discussion, early on, to name the car the GT44, reflecting the 100mm increase in height, but that idea was abandoned in favor of the GT40 moniker.
The 5.4 L is a longitudinal rear-mounted Modular V8 engine (all aluminum alloy) with an Eaton 2300 Lysholmscrew-type supercharger. A dry sump oiling system is employed. The DOHC 4 valves per cylinder are a revision of the 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R cylinder heads found in the Shelby GT500. Power output is 550 hp @ 6,500 rpms. A Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission is fitted featuring a helical limited-slip differential.
Car and Driver and driver tested the car in pre-production and recorded a 0-60 acceleration time of 3.3 seconds. While capable of 200+ mph, Johnny Bohmer has claimed the title of “fastest street-legal” car in the world, achieving 310 mph on the extra-long runway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This car has only 1,957 documented miles, making it one of the rarest “low-use” Ford GTs in existence. It comes with the red caliper upgrade, as well as polished billet aluminum wheels. Clean one owner CarFax.