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The 2022 Ford GT Heritage Edition

Let’s travel back in time … to April 3, 1964, at the New York International Auto Show, where Ford unveiled a new prototype of what would become one of their most important cars for years to come … the 1964 Ford GT prototype, chassis GT/101, that became America’s only Le Mans-winning supercar from 1966 to 1969 … only to repeat that feat again in 2016 with the next generation of that 1964 prototype.

In 2021 only one of the 1964 Ford GT prototypes still exists, chassis GT/105, and she is still boasting the same livery as 57 years ago, and this car was the perfect candidate to park next to the brand new 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition during Monterey Car Week where Ford debuted this special edition of the current Ford GT as she enters her final year of production.

“This is the first Ford GT Heritage Edition that goes beyond celebrating race wins – this one goes deep, and honors the earliest of Ford supercar heritage,” said Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager. “The Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition is a modern interpretation of the original, with no mistaking what this car is paying tribute to.”

The new 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition is finished in the classic Wimbledon White paint complete with Antimatter Blue graphics, including an over-the-roof triple racing stripe as a tribute to the five original GT prototypes. Being a 21st-century supercar, this new Ford GT comes with exposed carbon fiber components and 20-inch Antimatter Blue-painted carbon fiber wheels, a touch unique to Ford GT, as well as an exposed glossy carbon fiber front splitter, side sills, mirror stalks, engine louvers, and rear diffuser. The standard Brembo® brake calipers get a silver with a black graphics finish while black lug nuts finalize the modern look.

On the inside, the color-match with the blue exterior details comes in the form of blue Alcantara carbon fiber seats with silver stitching and embossed GT logo, the instrument panel is done in Ebony leather whit Lightspeed Blue Alcantara,  the pillars and headliner are finished in Ebony Alcantara. Antimatter Blue appliqués on the instrument panel, door register bezels, and seat X-brace are coordinated with the bespoke wheels.

“There are a lot of milestone moments in the history of Ford GT that we’ve celebrated, but the team was unanimous in believing the original prototype was the right vehicle this time around,” Severson said. “That 1964 prototype unleashed the creative genius of the Ford Advanced Vehicles team and paved the way for the Ford GT program. It put all of this in motion.”

Back in the Sixties only 5 Ford GT prototypes were built, GT/101 and GT/102 got scrapped after Le Mans and Monza crash testing, which lead to much-needed improvements for the next three cars, GT/103, GT/104, and GT/105 … GT/103 would win at Daytona® in 1965 with Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby behind the wheel, at that same race GT/104 came in third with Bob Bondurant and Ritchie Ginther. While both GT/103 and GT/104 have been repainted today, the GT/105 is the only one that still wears her original livery from the Sixties.

This new 2022 Ford GT ’64 Heritage Edition isn’t the first highly limited edition model in this production series, which started in 2006 with the 2006 Ford GT Gulf Livery Heritage Edition as a commemorative edition for the GT40’s back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans titles in 1968 and 1969, a total of 343 units were produced in this first Heritage Edition series.

The second special edition came in 2017 with the 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition to celebrate the Ford GT40 MK II No. 2 that Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon drove at 1966 Le Mans, only 27 units were ever built, a year later we saw the 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition that was built to honor the Ford GT40 MK IV No. 1 race car that was victorious at Le Mans in 1967, only 39 units of this 2018 model were built. Probably one of the most iconic Heritage Editions is the one of fifty 2019 Ford GT ’68 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition that was an homage to the Ford GT40 MK I No. 9 race car that won the 1968 Le Mans endurance race.

In 2020 Ford released another 50 unit limited edition as the 2020 Ford GT ’69 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition honoring the Ford GT40 MK I No. 6 race car that took the 1969 Le Mans victory, while the 2021 Ford GT ’66 Daytona Heritage Edition is still in production at the time of writing, this one is a tribute to the Ford GT MK II No. 98 race car, and now we get the ultimate 2022 Ford GT ’64 Heritage Edition that is the sixth one in this series.

You can now get your name on the order list for the 2022 Ford GT, if you’re an approved Ford GT customer, production of this model is set to start in January 2022.

The million dollar Ford GT

At this moment there is an auction running on BringATrailer for a 2019 Ford GT, and with six days still remaining on the auction, the current bid is already a healthy $1,000,000 … this black Ford GT is a seven-figure car, and this price might still go up over the next six days … it is clear the supercar market is still on a high, and prices for special, desirable cars are going strong.

On the other hand, this isn’t just another 2019 Ford GT, chassis 2FAGP9CW3KH200017 has covered only 500 miles since the owner acquired her brand new from Kalispell Ford of Kalispell, Montana, where she was configured as a ‘special-order’, $40,000 paint option of matte black paint with alloy overtop stripes, for the interior the owner went with a combination of black and orange for the ‘Launch Control’ interior.

Power comes from the 3.5-Liter EcoBoost V6 with twin-turbochargers with an output of 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque going to the rear wheels only through a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle to a $15,000 set of carbon fiber 20-inch wheels that even come with titanium lug nuts and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, 245/35 at the front and 325/30 at the rear, covering orange-finished, six-piston Brembo calipers with 15.5” carbon-ceramic discs up front, and four-piston rear calipers with 14.1” discs.

Additional specifications on this specific Ford GT include a lightweight Gorilla Glass windshield, butterfly doors, the retractable active rear wing, matte carbon-fiber exterior trim, and a rear diffuser. The entire matte black paint has been wrapped in Xpel paint protection film to keep that non-gloss paint in perfect condition for years.

The window sticker is still with this rare supercar, and it clearly shows the factory colors, options, and standard equipment. It also shows delivery to Kalispell Ford in Montana and a total MSRP of $612,695, in six days we’ll be able to see how much this low-mileage example of the impressive Ford GT will change owners for.

Most Beautiful Cars From The 2000s

The turn of the millennium was an exciting time for so many reasons, and this too was certainly the case for the automotive landscape. Many regard the 2000s as a golden era for cars; a time when the collective industry seemed to achieve this perfect blend of technology, design and purpose. These days, performance is more accessible than ever and in some ways styling has evolved for the better as well.

But there remains something to be said about simpler times, especially when one begins to reminisce about a world without self-driving cars and the once greater acceptance of beauty standards that were measured through the ‘eye-of-the-beholder’. So many cars from this decade managed to carry themselves with an air of class and elegance, without needing to be haute or obnoxious. Affordable grassroots automobiles could muster up as much charisma and garner the same levels of admiration as the unpretentious (relative to today’s standards), yet objectively beautiful supercars of the day. This really wasn’t all too long ago, just thinking about it.

We’ve compiled a list of cars, which we believe, represent the pinnacle of beauty from this decade. While our selection will lean towards aesthetic power, you can expect an overlap with our other “Best of 2000s” special lists on – particularly our “Best Sports & Performance Cars From The 2000s” and “The Greatest Supercars Of The 2000s” lists.

After all, there is as much beauty in function as there is in form.

Here’s the shortlist of 10 such cars, which we have curated:

Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT

The Porsche Carrera GT has become one of the most iconic and sought after Porsche models in the realm of exotic car idolization and ownership. It was a mid-engined V10 hypercar – one of the first to be considered a step beyond supercar status – and introduced a variety of industry-first technologies and features to the production car market.

On the outside, there is nothing to suggest that the Porsche Carrera GT should be anything but a purpose-built super/hyper sports car. The silhouette of the car is a properly executed amalgamation of sleek and muscular features which certainly feels applicable to the Carrera GT’s overall demeanor. From the front particularly, the car is still undeniably a Porsche, with its headlights paying tribute to the Porsche 917 – the first Porsche race car to win at Le Mans. The bulgy front fenders extend across the doors and connect to the rear haunches of the car, which then blend into its extroverted rear deck finished off by the large, retractable rear wing.

The double-clamshell engine lid conceals the 5.7L power plant while complimenting the two roll hoops it sits purposefully behind. The windshield and windows are designed to provide maximum visibility to the driver from all angles. The cockpit of the Carrera GT is relatively understated but still more than adequately appointed with its perfect blend of functionality, elegance, and convenience. The center console inclines at a sharp angle towards the front dash, and is fully made from carbon and bolted to the chassis of the car to promote rigidity and safety.

Mounted near the top of the center console, is one of the Carrera GT’s most quintessential features – its ergonomically located manual gearbox fitted with a laminated birchwood shift knob, which pays tribute to the heritage of Porsche motorsport.

Ford GT

2003→2006 Ford GT

The Ford GT is the American Beauty; the one true supercar to hail from west of the Atlantic and proof that exotics cars weren’t exclusively an Italian delicacy. Released at the 2002 North American Auto Show, Henry Ford II was proud to show off a modern-day version of Ford’s most successful endurance racer. A month after the release, Ford announced the Ford GT would be put into production and with a price ‘around six figures’. The waiting is now over, Ford have released official details of the production version.

The Ford GT supercar’s design instantly stirs up images of the glorious Ford GT race cars from the 1960s. Yet a new presentation features all-new dimensions and a contemporary, striking interior – as well as epic engineering stories of how high-tech methods helped preserve a classic form.

Interior comfort considerations had two effects on the exterior styling of the Ford GT. To increase passenger headroom, the engineering team wanted to raise the roof height. However, the design team felt the low profile was an essential aspect of the Ford GT design. The engineers and design team fought for each millimeter, finally agreeing to raise the roof 17 millimeters above that of the concept.

“As a race car, the original Ford GT didn’t have an interior design to speak of” says Pardo, Ford GT Chief Designer. “They featured two seats, a steering wheel, a few toggle switches and lot of bare metal. That’s it. As such, the interior of the Ford GT is the biggest deviation from the vintage cars. ‘The passenger cabin of most modern cars is isolated from the engine” Pardo elaborates. “But, in the Ford GT, the supercharger is right there, inches behind your ear. It creates an intimate relationship with the engine, more like a motorcycle than a car.”

Ferrari Enzo

2002→2005 Ferrari Enzo

Named in honor of the company’s founder, the Enzo is one of a limited series of road cars including the 288GTO, F40 and F50. These cars represent Ferrari’s continuing desire to produce the most exclusive and technologically advanced road car. Pininfarina and Ferrari have a close relationship which started with the 1951 212 Inter Barchetta. Since that time, Pininfarina have styled most road-going Ferraris including the Enzo, which was their most radical design to date.

Pininfarina’s form combines complex detail with a clean and balanced overall shape. Aggressive lines adorn the exterior which include an interpretation of the Formula One nose, to which the Enzo owes it’s technology. These styling cues break ground in the area of design and will be copied both in future super cars and future Ferraris. Unlike the F40 and F50 which came before it, the Enzo is devoid of any rear wing. The absence of the rear wing was possible due to the underbody at the rear of the car which includes two large diffusers. These diffusers generate sufficient down force to replace a drag-heavy rear wing. Further active aerodynamics help the Enzo maintain stability at all speeds. An adjustable rear spoiler and adjustable front flap allow for either high load or high speed aerodynamic setup.

During a period of great achievement for Ferrari, the Enzo reflects victories which include four consecutive F1 championships. No doubt, Enzo Ferrari himself would be most proud of this limited series named in his honor.

Aston Martin DB9

2004 Aston Martin DB9

James Bond. 007. Is there any other car in the world that is more synonymous with one thing, than the Aston Martin DB9? Probably not. Suffice to say, this British grand tourer was able to match the suave levels of its most famous driver, and then some. Succeeding the DB7, the Aston Martin DB9 debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003. The first cars in the series boasted a 5.9L V12 producing 444 horsepower; this made a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of just 4.8 seconds possible. The maximum speed was set at 299 km/h although some have claimed it can be pushed beyond 300 km/h.

The Aston Martin DB9 is a modern interpretation of a traditional Aston Martin sports car, representing a contemporary version of classic DB design elements and characteristics. “Aston Martins are not edgy cars – they don’t have sharp surfaces or pronounced power domes” said Hank Fisker, Director of Design. “The bodywork is elegant and gently curved, like a supremely fit person, with great muscle tone. But it is not like a body builder, who is bulky and out of harmony.”

The side profile is very clean, with a single-sweep roofline. There is a pronounced boot – a noticeable feature of the DB4 and DB5 – and the haunches on the rear wings are wide and curvaceous. The aluminum bonnet runs all to the way to the leading edge of the car. “This accentuates the length of the bonnet and the power of the car” says Fisker. All front cut lines emanate from the grille. The DB9’s bumpers are invisible. The front number plate is part of the crash structure and computer modelling has enabled Aston Martin to use invisible -hard pressure zones- to cope with bumps.

Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)

1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R

As far as pop culture icons go, the Nissan Skyline GT-R has cemented a reputation as one of the world’s most revered automobiles. Whether you’re a young teenager who has only been able to experience one through your favorite video game, or a wealthy car collector looking to add a unicorn to your garage, the R34 (1998-2002) GT-R in particular, checks everyone’s boxes. Some would argue that the Skyline GT-R only gained international recognition thanks to the “Fast & Furious” movie series, but those into JDM car culture or motorsport were well aware of “Godzilla’s” credentials well before the silver screen event.

The Skyline GT-R produced 280 hp (which could easily be tuned to much, much more) from a twin-turbocharged RB26 engine and featured an all-wheel drive system with HICAS, allowing it to become a dominating force on both circuits and mountain roads alike. Every aspect of the Skyline GT-R, from the aerodynamics to body rigidity, has been fine-tuned through competitive racing and 11 years of intense testing, producing one of the best race-bred coupes ever made.

Style-wise, the r34 GT-R is Japanese automotive perfection – the quintessential packaging of radical performance, timeless appearance and undeniable charisma. Relatable, and within the realm of most people’s aspirations of ownership (at one point in time), the Skyline GT-R quickly became the Japanese people’s sports car, and eventually the de facto representative of the JDM movement which swept across North America and shaped its automotive culture almost singlehandedly. This is all the more impressive when considering that the Skyline GT-R was never available brand new within US shores.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren


“Gullwing”. The pinnacle of Mercedes-Benz design and engineering prowess. A contemporary interpretation of stylistic elements lifted from the original SLR and design details taken from the 2003 Formula 1 Silver Arrows, allow the 21st-century SLR to form a bridge between the past and the future, bringing cutting-edge motorsport technology to the road, just as the inspirational SLR Coupe did in 1955.

This super sports car allowed Mercedes-Benz and its Formula 1 partner McLaren to showcase their collective experience in the development, construction and production of high-performance sports cars. This combination of knowledge and expertise is evident not only in the host of pioneering developments, impressive performance figures and superior driving characteristics of the SLR, but also in the extremely high levels of safety and practicality which it offers.

These attributes come together to form the basis for an automobile with a very special charisma – an impressive synthesis of Mercedes tradition and innovation in every respect. High-tech materials from the field of aeronautical technology make their debut in a series-produced car here: carbon fiber is used for manufacturing the body, lending it its low weight and an exemplary rigidity and strength previously only achieved in Formula 1 race cars. The crash safety standards achieved using this innovative material are equally high.


2000 BMW Z8

The new millennium super roadster: The BMW Z8. With breathtaking looks and classic proportions, the BMW Z8 was presented the beginning of 2000 as the latest addition to the portfolio of sporting two-seaters. The Z8’s appearance is as equally thrilling as its trendsetting chassis structure, this being a self-supporting aluminum frame called ‘space frame’.

This is wrapped in a sleek body shell featuring screw-on components. Under the bonnet there is a high-performance V8 sports motor displacing five liters. Impressive power of 400 bhp is transmitted to the wheels by a six-speed transmission.

Today, the BMW Z8 has become a bit of a unicorn car with a cult following of wealthy collectors. Most examples are going for around US$250,000 on the used market – almost double the brand new MSRP.

Honda NSX (NA2)

When the NSX was first introduced to the world in 1990, it sent shockwaves throughout the automotive dimension, pioneering an unprecedented amalgamation of characteristics and engineering principles. At a time when the words ‘supercar’ and ‘reliability’ couldn’t be spoken in the same sentence, the formula Honda used to create the NSX resulted in a vehicle that was truly unique for its time – it had all of the desirable characteristics of a supercar, but was packaged with the same reliability, build quality and sensibility of a Honda Accord.

By the time the new millennium had rolled in, the NSX had become a classic but aging beauty. In 2002, the car got a makeover which included some much needed aesthetic updates to modernize it. Fixed headlights to replace the pop-ups, along with more streamlined front and rear fascias, and larger wheels, ushered in a new era for the original NSX, dubbed NA2. Shortly after the facelift, Honda released a Type-R version of the NA2 NSX which was exclusive for MY2002 and for the Japanese market only – just like it did for the NA1 NSX in 1992. By this time, the Type-R moniker had become the official signature of ultimate Honda road car performance, and the 2002 Honda NSX Type-R (officially abbreviated to NSX-R on this occasion), certainly lived up to its badge.

Lamborghini Murciélago

The Lamborghini Murciélago is a superlative car with a mechanical structure that requires no gimmickry. The styling reflects this with a silhouette free of any superfluous ornaments or embellishments. Pure, simple, and mostly-straight lines are all that is offered; the result is a definitively trapezoid-shaped car which lends styling cues from the previous Lamborghinis, and then combines them with better performance and more superior drivability than ever before.

One highlight of the car is the two rear wings which seamlessly pop up for engine cooling. Not only does this increase the aesthetic value of the car while at a standstill, it also functions as a dynamic system for cooling efficiency. It truly is the ultimate expression of the Lamborghini marque – thoroughbred performance with dynamic features that add to a clean and elegant styling. Suffice to say, its lives up to its namesake, with the Murciélago said to be the strongest fighting bull of all time.

Honda S2000

For many years, Honda’s beloved roadster held the distinction of producing the most hp per liter of any car on the planet, via its F20C engine. Despite being a convertible, the S2000 is renown for its rigid chassis which helps to provide one of the most raw driving experiences one can have in a production road car. The slick 6-speed manual – the only choice of transmission – was a perfect match to the car’s 2.0L VTEC powerplant which produced 240 hp and revved all the way up to 9,000 rpm.

The s2000 cuts a sharp-looking roadster figure with sensual proportions, thanks to its super long front hood and truncated rear. Clean lines are expressed through its no-nonsense design, and have gone on to be attributed with the car’s ever-increasing character and timelessness. While the S2000 is unapologetically a convertible, I think that the car looks especially good with the optional OEM hard top (along with a variety of aftermarket options).

Later variants of the S2000 featured a strokered 2.2L engine which delivered more power in the lower rev-range and had slightly shorter gearing to improve acceleration. The Honda S2000 embodies everything that is awesome about a naturally-aspirated sports car that is built around the driver; and now, many enthusiasts and collectors alike are seeking to own their piece of its brilliant history.

FOR SALE: 2005 Twin-Turbo Ford GT

BringATrailer has had some true gems pop up over the past few weeks and this 2005 twin-turbo Ford GT is no exception. It’s finished in Mark II Black over an Ebony leather interior – making it one of 237 in this color for its model year. 

2005 Ford GT Interior

This 2005 Ford GT came originally from California when the current owner purchased it in 2011. Shortly after purchasing, the factory Lysholm supercharger was removed from the 5.4-liter DOHC V8 and a new Heffner Performance twin-turbocharger system was added.

2005 Ford GT Mid-Engine

This example has been fitted with other additions such as BBS forged wheels, slotted front, and cross-drilled rear brake rotors, an onboard fire-suppression system, an aftermarket stereo, and a Turbosmart adjustable boost controller. A ceramic-coated Heffner performance exhaust system was also fitted and designed to work with the rear bumperettes.

2005 Ford GT Rear

The seller of this sub-8K mile Ford GT mentioned that all removed factory parts will accompany the car in the sale. The sale will also include an AutoCheck report, a clean Carfax report, and a clean title. 

2005 Ford GT

The auction for this beautiful Ford GT will end Friday, March 19 at 5:51 pm EST. If you would like to read up on this model’s generation, check out our Ford GT article here.

Liquid Carbon Ford GT Revealed with Full Exposed Carbon

Chicago – Following their invitation-only unveiling of the exposed carbon fiber GT supercar, Ford rolled it out onto the floor of the Chicago Auto Show to give everyone a better look. Still as stunning as it was when unveiled, the brighter spotlights highlighted the intricate carbon fiber weave and made it even better. The look, known as “Liquid Carbon”, is one of two new available decorative schemes, the other being an updated Gulf Racing Livery with the number “6” rather than the number “9” to acknowledge the other LeMans winning GT-40. The Liquid Silver exposed carbon fiber appearance will be limited to 12 cars per year as a result of the handbuilt effort that has to go into it, getting the weave to line up and match everywhere.

The 2020 GT features several engine improvements carried over from Ford’s GT Mk II program. New aerodynamics increase airflow through the intercoolers by 50%, allowing them to run much longer at peak power, and engine updates and modifications that broaden the torque curve, making it more responsive. These changes increase the horsepower level by 13hp to a total of 660hp.

Suspension changes increase body control during dynamic transitional changes when the car is in Dynamic mode.

The run of the updated GT’s will end in 2022.


Ford GT Mk II

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ford unveiled its latest beastly ride, the Ford GT Mk II. Don’t mistake the simplistic name — this thing is a formidable new model from the automaker that’s “as fast as any GT3 car.”

Remember when a racing version of a car was the fastest and best-performing one you could buy? Well, Ford is nostalgic for that time, too. Nowadays, thanks to the hypercar revolution, not to mention current regulations in place, the meaning of a “supercar” is amorphous. In fact, some track-only sports and endurance racing cars can have less horsepower than the corresponding production model.

Essentially, that means the regular customer gets the ultimate car these days. That’s the case with the Ford GT Mk II. Ford disregarded regulation entirely and went to town on the GT. The automaker has built a track-ready ride that’s the ultimate incarnation of its Le Mans race car.

Underneath, you’ll find a turbocharged V6 engine that tops out to 700 horsepower. That’s up 43 from the street car’s 647 base, and 200 more than the race car. It also has a rear-wheel drive system coupled with a seven-speed transmission. With gear ratios for racing, no less.

Other notable additions include a rooftop air scoop that keeps the engine cool even at constant high revs. And a massive rear wing plus other aero bits that add 400% more downforce compared to the stock GT. Ford has yet to share more details on availability. Each example will cost no less than $1.2 million. If you want this, better act fast.


Photos courtesy of Ford

Ford Has a New Version of the GT It Will Show at Goodwood

A More Extreme Ford GT?

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed should be a fantastic event with some of the most impressive and amazing cars in the entire world. Now, there is another good reason to pay attention to the event. Ford recently teased a shot of a new version of its GT that will appear at Goodwood. The company released the images and the information that it would share “exciting Ford GT supercar news” on July 4 at 4:45 a.m. EDT.

Hermann Salenbauch from Ford Performance and Larry Holt from Multimatic will be the two people who will give the announcement. Right now, what those two men will be discussing is a bit up in the air. Ford did not let any more information slip out beyond the fact that it will be exciting news. 

The car in the teaser image is just more or less a dark outline. However, that dark outline does show a huge rear wing and what appears to be a roof scoop. There are a few possibilities. It could be a special one-off build, a new limited edition run of the car, or some kind of new racing variant. 

Ford already has plenty coming to Goodwood, including the new Focus ST, the Mustang Shelby GT500, the Ranger Raptor, and Ken Block’s vehicles and Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s wild rides. We have a feeling, though, that the GT news will steal the show.

Another Ford GT is coming, and this is it

Get excited, everyone. There’s another Ford GT coming. Ford just dropped this teaser of a shadowy, winged GT supercar staring back at us, and it certainly has our hearts pounding.

Sadly, information about the unnamed GT version is even scarcer than most teasers we typically get. Here’s the text direct from the Blue Oval: “Ford will make a special Ford GT supercar announcement during a dedicated press conference from 4:45 a.m. EDT, July 4, at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed.”

Multimatic will be on site for the announcement, with chief technical officer Larry Holt in tow. If you’re in the UK for Goodwood, you’ll want to be at the Ford stand in the Drift Paddock for the news. And that’s all the official information available for the time being.

So for now we’re left to gaze at this great teaser photo Ford provided us. The wing is absolutely massive, like race car levels of massive. Also, it has a roof scoop, which is something the normal Ford GT doesn’t have. Beyond these couple of details, it’s hard to tell much of anything apart from the Ford GT we already know and love. Clearly, Ford is after something a bit racier with this version. We’ll have to wait until Independence Day to see the car in full, as a new American supercar makes its world debut in the country we declared independence from on that day’s anniversary.

Watch a 14-Year-Old Kid Tear Around a Snow Covered Racetrack in a Ford GT

This Will Make You Nervous

If you’re looking for a video that will make you extremely anxious, then the one included below is it. In it, a 14-year-old kid takes a Ford GT for a joyride around a racetrack at the Monticello Motor Club. The video was put together by the motor club and is designed to promote the club’s Teen Race Camp, which teaches teens (ages 14 to 19) how to drive a car safely on a racetrack.

The video is an effective promotional tool. Few would feel comfortable putting a 14-year-old kid behind the wheel of a high-dollar supercar like the Ford GT. Even fewer would feel comfortable doing so when the track is completely covered with snow.

To be fair to the kid driving, he does an excellent job. He’s obviously learned car control well. Not many people his age— or honestly much, much older—could successfully pilot the car around the snow-covered track with as much style and control. We bet he had a great time while the Monticello Motor Club filmed the video.

In all likelihood, he’s the son or relative of the owner of the car. He honestly, looks a little nervous in the video, but then again, we’d be sweating, too, if we were in his place. Our hats come off to him, and to Monticello Motor Club. Any initiative to get more young people in cars learning proper driving skills is welcomed.

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Ford GT Carbon Series – Added: Exclusivity, Subtracted: Weight

Special-Edition 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series Revealed

The 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series recently made its public debut at SEMA 2018. As its moniker unambiguously suggests, this new limited production GT model is the lightest iteration of the current generation of Ford’s infamous supercar.

Lightweight components and carbon fiber were already ubiquitary on the ‘regular’ Ford GT, so any further weight reduction measures would have to be creative and unconventional.  Interestingly enough, amenities such as air conditioning and infotainment survive the culling, in an effort to keep the GT relatively comfortable. The Carbon Series also retains the same 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 which produces 647-horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque, as well as the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In total, the Carbon Series sheds about 18 kg (or 40 pounds) off the GT with the bulk of this achieved with carbon fiber wheels, a titanium exhaust system and wheel lug nuts, and a polycarbonate engine cover. To round off the diet, the exterior A-pillars and some lower-body panels are replaced with carbon fiber, while cup holders and storage compartments are deleted.

Visually, the Carbon Series most notably sets itself apart with a carbon fiber stripe that runs down the middle of the car. Inside, the Carbon Series is the beneficiary of special nameplating on the instrument cluster, anodized paddle shifters and exclusive seats with silver stitching.

Many of the carbon fiber elements in both the exterior and interior are left unpainted/exposed – a feature that is also unique to the Carbon Series. Additionally, buyers can opt for an Accent Package in either silver, orange, red or blue; side mirrors, brake calipers and the center portion of the aforementioned stripe will don the chosen color.

The 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series will be produced in very limited numbers (1,350 units total) and as such, prospective buyers will need to apply and be approved by Ford for the right to purchase one.

Even those who are lucky enough to get on this list may have to wait a while for their fulfillment – Ford announced that their production allotment for the Carbon Series will be limited to only one unit per week going forward, though it is unclear how many have already been made. Pricing is rumored to start at around $450,000 USD.

Ford GT Carbon Series Image Gallery

2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition 001 to be Auctioned for Charity

Ford confirmed earlier this week that it would donate a 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition for auction with the proceeds of the sale going to the charity United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The car will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson at their Scottsdale Auction on 19 January 2019.

The proceeds of the sale will benefit the charity United Way which is based in Southeastern Michigan. The charity aims to discuss the challenges that face the local communities, raise awareness and make change.

Ford have experienced massive demand for their latest Ford GT. Unlike its predecessor, which sold 4,038 copies, Ford have limited production of the new Ford GT to just 1,350 cars. These cars were sold with a two year sales restriction which means very few have hit the market, the ones that have command a sale price well in excess of the sticker price.

The version Ford have donated for the sale bears chassis number 001. It is finished in the same famous baby-blue-and-orange scheme as the Gulf liveried car that took down the dominant Ferrari 50 years ago. Ford fans will recall that GT40 chassis number 1075, which wore the Gulf livery, won the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1968 and 1969.

Barrett-Jackson will sell a huge number of vehicles in Scottsdale. The advance preview suggests that the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition will be joined by at least three other 2006 Ford GT Heritage Editions, meaning you could start your own Gulf liveried collection from this auction alone.

If Amercian supercars are not quite your thing, fear not! Barrett-Jackson will also offer a number of other collectors cars that might peak your interest. A 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburging Edition has been announced together with one of 10 2012 MacLaren MP4-12C High Sport finished in Vodafone Racing Team colors.

The 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition is expect to achieve a massive hammer price. Mecum Auctions recently sold chassis number 077 for a staggering $1,320,000. Earlier in the year, chassis number 48 also achieved $1,815,000. Barrett-Jackson sold another Ford GT at its 2018 Scottsdale auction, on that occasion, the hammer dropped at $2,550,000. Could this example break the magic $2,000,000 mark?

Ford GT Carbon Series is the lightest version of Ford’s supercar

Following up on the announcement that it will build 350 more GTs, Ford revealed another version of its supercar that will be available to customers. It’s the 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series, and it’s the lightest version of this GT model.

Visually, it’s recognizable by its gray paint and the standard exposed carbon fiber stripe down the middle, which showcases the perfectly reflected carbon weave on either side of the car. This stripe can be accentuated with a contrasting color stripe down the middle, along with mirror caps the same color. The accent color choices are restricted to silver, orange, red and blue. Inside, upholstered parts get unique silver stitching, and matte carbon fiber is used for the air vent pods, side sills and center console.

While the visual upgrades are nice, the real appeal of the Carbon Series is that it’s the lightest current GT. Total weight loss is 39 pounds. This is because it includes as standard the optional carbon fiber wheels, titanium exhaust and titanium lug nuts. It also gets a unique rear hatch with lighter glass and additional ventilation. We suspect that Ford could have shaved off a few more pounds if it removed the climate control and radio, but Ford said that GT buyers didn’t want to sacrifice those features.

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Ford will build 350 more GT supercars through 2022

When Ford originally announced the GT supercar, it was clear it’d be a limited-run affair. Just 1,000 were earmarked for potential buyers, who had to apply for a chance to fork over $450,000 to own one. As you’d expect, there was a tidal wave of applicants fighting over a very limited number of cars.

Back in July, we heard a rumor that Ford would reopen the application process, but not produce any more cars. It turns out this rumor was partially correct; Ford has confirmed to Autoblog that they will reopen applications and build another 350 cars. The GT will still also get a longer run, with production extending to 2022 instead of ending in 2020.

Applications open on November 8th of this year, and Ford will accept them for 30 days. After that, you’re probably well and truly out of luck. It’s unlikely that Ford will up the production totals or take new applications again after this, but anything is possible.

If this news is making you drool, and you want some more GT action to help satiate your hunger for the Blue Oval’s amazing halo car, read our first drive review and check out our video review of the GT buzzing the canyons above L.A.

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2018 Ford GT Review | Our first real-world drive of this future classic

When our editor-in-chief first drove the Ford GT in May of last year, he walked away thinking of the GT as Ford’s ultimate halo car, infused with legitimate motorsport mojo. A supercar that, even if it wasn’t beating road-going Ferraris or McLarens in any particular metric, had the panache to park next to them at any track event or car show. Even if you were ignorant of the original GT40‘s history, the GT is, in its own right, an impressive machine.

That was a chilly Utah morning, a mix of frigid track time and a little time on the street. This summer, we had a GT for a whole day, and all of Los Angeles was our playground. We made a beeline for Angeles Crest Highway, partly because the Maricopa Highway north of Ojai was closed due to fires, and partly because the San Gabriel Mountains are much closer. The goal was to use the GT in a different way, to step away from any comparison with its predecessors or competitors, to unleash it on a mountain road, to hear it roar a bit.

2018 Ford GT

Would this track-bred, track-raised machine hold up on real-world roads? Angeles Crest is fun, but as a public road it can be a bit unpredictable. It’s narrow and sinuous, minefields of gravel and dirt can appear mid-corner, guardrails aren’t always where you want them. Nor is it a place where the GT can safely exceed its limits — you drive to the road, not the car, or risk going over the edge.

What we found out, as you’ll see in the video above, is that the GT is shockingly multifaceted. I spent an hour in agonizing stop-and-go traffic — classic LA gridlock — and the GT was unfazed, even if I was frustrated. At moderate speeds cruising up to the mountains, it proved noisy but endearing. Frankly, the EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 and dual-clutch gearbox make a racket — and each individual sound is raw, perhaps nasty. But taken together, it’s a chorus of pure, joyful power. Same goes for the interior. Look too hard and you’ll see workmanship that I would unfavorably call Lotus-like. But the overall design is so bold, so deliciously purposeful, that it’s a wonderful place to spend time.

2018 Ford GT

And the exterior … the depth of the curves, the remarkable negative space under the buttresses. Black is perhaps the worst possible color to show off the incredible sculpture of the GT’s lines, but nothing we could do about that.

We already knew what the GT can do on track, both in road-going and full-race form. What this trip showed us is that this is no one-trick supercar. It is fun without being demanding on real public roads. It doesn’t fall on its face when forced to sit in traffic. It’s not intimidating to drive hard on gravel-strewn roads. Most importantly, you don’t need to take the GT right to the edge of its capabilities — nigh impossible on public roads — to have a ton of fun.

The only unfortunate thing about the GT is how unobtainable they are unless you have a wallet too thick to sit on, and that you — the reader — can’t hop in next to me and experience what I’m talking about. We hope the video above gets you a little closer to that real-world experience.

2017-2018 Ford GT recalled for fire risk

The Ford GT is a really hot car, and apparently it can get hotter. Ford announced a recall for 2017 and 2018 Ford GTsupercars for an issue that can lead to a fire. Apparently some valves at the base of the hydraulically actuated rear wing can start leaking fluid. This fluid can then drip down to the exhaust where it can ignite and start a fire.

According to Ford, one GT has caught fire, in Germany. The company said no one was hurt.

The recall is for Ford GTs built between December 20, 2016, and July 31, 2018, which includes 176 examples in the U.S. and 18 in Canada. The issue, apparently, is that there’s occasionally too much pressure in the hydraulic valve block below the wing, which forces fluid out. The fix uses a software update to prevent too much pressure from being applied. Some models will also be fitted with a hydraulic check valve and filter, as well as new O-rings if needed.

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John Cena Ford GT to be auctioned — again: Here comes owner No. 4

The saga of the 2017 Ford GT that was famously and briefly owned by John Cena and subject to a lawsuit from Ford over flipping the car for a profit has become the automotive equivalent of a hot potato, heading once again to the auction block, this time in Dallas at Mecum in October.

We last heard about this GT, which is stamped with the VIN number 77 for the year of Cena’s birth, last month when the wealthy California farmer who had bought it from Cena put it up for auction. Auctioneer Russo and Steele confirmed the supercar sold for $1.4 million during its Monterey Car Week auction on Aug. 25. Since then, if records are accurate, its third owner has put exactly 1 mile on the odometer, which now reads 626 miles.

It’s not clear what the minimum bid is for the upcoming Dallas auction, which takes place Oct. 3-6. Autoblog left a message Friday with a Mecum spokeswoman.

Ford sued Cena late last year for flipping the car for a profit shortly after he bought it for $466,376.50, citing its clause barring any sale of the first 500 models for two years. The two sides later settled the case for an undisclosed amount.

The infamous Liquid Blue GT comes with a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 rated at 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, with a top speed of 216 mph. It has a carbon fiber monocoque with an integrated steel roll cage and an aluminum substructure.

A Russo and Steele spokesman said the firm had to ensure it was free and clear of any litigation prior to its sale at Monterey last month, so the latest seller might be eager to flip it before that 2-year window expires and the other Ford GTs begin hitting the market.

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2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition brings Gulf Oil livery to the street

In 1968, a Ford GT40 wearing the iconic Gulf Oil livery and fielded by JW Automotive Engineering won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A year later, the same car — chassis number 1075 — won again, making it one of only a few vehicles to win the prestigious endurance race more than once. For 2019 and 2020, Ford is honoring those historic victories by introducing the GT Heritage Edition. Ford says 2019 cars will wear number 9 and the 2020s will wear number 6, mimicking the racing numbers worn by chassis 1075 in ’68 and ’69.

The most obvious and striking update made to the GT Heritage Edition is the blue and orange Gulf livery. The contrasting colors carry over inside with blue and orange stitching on the Alcantara seats and and steering wheel. An optional package provides exposed carbon fiber accents inside and out, including as a surround for the number on the hood. A unique set of 20-inch on-piece forged aluminum wheels are finished in high-gloss stainless, and orange brake calipers are another nice touch.

Last year, Ford created a Heritage Edition GT in red and white to honor its 1967 Le Mans season. In 2016, it built one for its 1966 victory.

Ford hasn’t put a limit on the number of Heritage Edition GTs it will build, but each will come with a unique serialized identification plate. Check out all the details in the image gallery up above.

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John Cena’s former 2017 Ford GT heads to auction at Monterey

The now-infamous 647-horsepower Liquid Blue 2017 Ford GT formerly owned (and then flipped) by actor and wrestling star John Cena is once again for sale, this time destined for the auction block this weekend at Monterey Car Week. And in a twist, Jalopnikreports it’s being auctioned by the same dealer Ford also sued for flipping it.

Chico, Calif.-based New Autos Inc. is sending the car to the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction Saturday night in downtown Monterey, advertising it as one of just 138 produced for 2017, the first model year, and with the VIN number 77, a nod to Cena’s birth year.

Ford late last year sued Cena for flipping his GT for a profit shortly after he acquired it for $466,376.50, citing a clause barring a sale of any of the first 500 models for 24 months. The two sides later settled for an undisclosed amount that reportedly was to go to charity.

New Autos is apparently eager to trumpet the car’s clean legal bill of health. “This is the only 2017 Ford GT for sale that is unencumbered by past, present or future lawsuits from Ford,” Bernie Knaus, the president of New Autos Inc., said in a release. He added, “Whoever buys it will get an incredible car with no legal issues attached, since it was already settled.”

Jalopnik spoke with Knaus, who told them Cena sold the GT to a 78-year-old wealthy farmer in California who wanted one last great supercar and is reportedly a big Ford fan, with a large collection of F-Series pickups doing duty on his farm. He’s apparently no longer able to use the car and decided to sell it with a scant 625 miles on the odometer.

“He says, ‘Bernie, I don’t need to sell the car. But it’s getting to the point where I can’t get in the car, and it’s too difficult to drive,'” Knaus told the site. “He has some back issues, (but) he got the dream of owning it.

“This was gong to be his last great car for himself, and he wanted it to be an American car. That was critical. And not only an American car, but he wanted it to be a Ford.”

Ford recently decided to re-open the application process for the 2019 Ford GT in the fourth quarter of this year but remains committed to the quota of 1,000 examples over four build years through 2020.

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Ford to reopen GT application process later this year

Motor Authority has learned Ford will begin taking new applications for the 2019 Ford GT in the fourth quarter of this year. After the Blue Oval extended production to October 2020, this year will be the third out of four years for GT builds. Applicants who haven’t been approved previously are welcome to update their applications, and new customers are welcome to apply.

The survey questions remain the same as at launch. Hopefuls will still need to show their Ford connections and possible Ford collections, and then they can take the optional freeform step of a publicly accessible 60-second video showing “Your Style.” There were a number of videographic gems among the first batch of applicants, when 6,506 people with $450,000 to spend tried to prove they would be the ultimate Ford ambassador.

The carmaker’s sticking to the application schedule even though supplier Multimatic is behind on the overall build schedule. Multimatic needed more time than expected to ramp up to producing one car per day, so instead of the 250 coupes promised for the 2017 model year, Multimatic built 138. Ford said it is committed to the quota of 1,000 units, so delivery times might have shifted a tad, but all deliveries will be made.

It’s expected that the plummy Heritage Edition will introduce a rare, sincere use of the famous Gulf livery. After the black and silver-striped 2017 Heritage Edition celebrated the 1966 GT40 Le Mans winner, the red and white-striped 2018 Heritage Edition celebrated the 1967 GT40 Le Mans winner, deduction would dictate the 2019 Heritage Edition will come dressed in the blue and orange Gulf colors flown by the No. 9 GT40 that won Le Mans in 1968.

For the newly rich who have more funds than followers, you probably have a couple of months before the window opens to blow up your social media accounts and build a pristine collection of Escorts and Probes. A one-way ticket to Kentucky and a paper copy of AutoTrader is probably the best place to start.

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John Cena claims Ford never told him not to flip his GT for profit

Back in December we reported that Ford had sued celebrity and ex-WWE wrestler John Cena for flipping his brand-new Ford GT for a quick profit. Originally, there’s nothing that odd about selling one’s new car even after just 30 days of ownership — but Ford’s intent was to keep the new-generation GT owners’ club an exclusive one: Hopeful buyers had to apply for a chance to buy the car, and they would not be able to sell the vehicle in less than two years. At least that was Ford’s plan.

According to Ford, Cena bought the car for $466,376.50 and reportedly sold it near-immediately for “a handsome profit.” A lawsuit for “damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill due to the improper sale” resulted.

Now, Cena claims the vehicle’s purchase paperwork he signed never mentioned anything about the don’t-flip-it-for-two-years clause. TMZ is reporting that court documents detail there wasn’t any no-resale clause in the final paperwork. As a result, Cena is asking for the judge to throw the case out.

Cena’s trademark finishing move as a wrestler was the Attitude Adjustment, which it looks like he’s now trying on Ford. We’ll be following the process.

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