Ford have a rich history of producing some of the most popular cars the world has seen, and occasionally they produce something like the Ford GT supercar; a car that works on the roads, while looking pleasingly like a Scalextric race car from your childhood. Over a period of four years, 100 copies of the GT will be sold to UK customers from a production run of just 1,000 cars in total.
The GT is, according to Ford, a racer and road car in equal parts. The pedals slide forward to find your feet giving a near perfect fit to power the mid-engined racer. There is also a Track Mode that allows the car to sit a full 50mm lower for that smooth pothole-free tarmac, where it can safely attempt to reach its top speed of 216mph and achieve a 0-60mph of just 3 seconds or under.
Ford has thought about the aerodynamics carefully, and part of the reasoning behind having pedals that move to where you require them is that the seating is fixed in place. You are effectively glued into position in the cockpit, allowing the car’s designers to lower the front area improving aerodynamics.
While the car walks the tightrope between road car and racing car, the actual aesthetics of the thing are pure racer; it was built, after all, to win Le Mans – so not too much thought has gone into everyday creature comforts. Though you will get a reverse camera as well as air conditioning in the cabin. On the downside, some criticism has been levelled at the noise ingress into the cabin coupled with the monotonous tone of the engine. 11-litres of boot space should just about be enough for a weekend away too – but that doesn’t include cup holders…
Forget about cabin noise though, such a car is going to be all about the handling, and while it is capable enough for our notoriously uneven roads, I suspect most people who end up owning one of these 3.5-litre V6 Ecoboost engined automobiles will appreciate the ability to adjust the car for track use. In fact, it’s as easy as adjusting the knob on the steering wheel, confirming with a press of a button and the 50mm drop is almost instantaneous.
Such a car with Ford’s pedigree was never going to be cheap, and this isn’t. If you want one of these carbon fibre wonders, expect to pay around £450,000, though be warned; even for the UK, this will be a left-hand drive Ford GT you are buying.
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