And just like that “BAM!” there it is, the return of the Ford GT. Gone is the thundering V8 power of the previous GT and GT40, in its place an impressive 600-horsewpower twin-turbo EcoBoost 3.5L V6. The last generation Ford GT has been generating a lot of interest in the collector car world, with values only appreciating. With this latest generation Ford brings their EcoBoost engine along with extensive use of carbon fiber to shave weight and bolster rigidity. Ford has also brought active aerodynamics to the party which should make this car a real challenger to Ferrari and Lamborghini. Continue reading
A lot has changed since SEMA started life as the Speed Equipment Manufactures Association 1963. As the number of accessory parts manufacturers grew the organization changed its name to Specialty Equipment Manufactures Association to reflect this shift in the marketplace. The first SEMA Show was held in 1967 in the basement of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. They had 98 manufacturers manning booths and an attendance of 3000 people. This years show is projected to have over 10,000 booths and over 150,000 attendees. In 1967 there were 5 cars on display, including a 1967 Ford GT40 in the Shelby America booth and a drag race prepped Dodge Dart. Over 2200 cars are expected to be on display at the 2011 SEMA Show next week in Las Vegas .
Click through the galley below to view photos from the first SEMA show. You’ll be surprised how many manufacturers that were present at the 1967 SEMA Show are still around today, industry leaders like: Shelby, Edlebrock, Valvoline, Hot Rod Magazine, Hedman Headers, Cragar Wheels, Weiand Intakes, and B&M Racing.
Ford has enjoyed many successes in motorsport but one of its rarest creations came about thanks to a failure. In 1970 after Ford pulled the plug on its successful GT40 Le Mans program, Ford toyed with creating a successor to the GT throne: the GT70.
On the way back from an unsuccessful Monte Carlo Rally, Ford’s then competitions director Stuart Turner, and Ford rally driver, Roger Clark, discussed the need for a light and simple mid-engine car capable of taking various engines.
The result was the GT70. Ford drivers, including Hannu Mikkola and Timo Makinen, contributed ideas for the interior and Len Bailey, one of the Ford GT40 design team , was tasked with designing a car “strong enough to win rallies and light enough to win races”. Just six chassis were completed and the GT70 featured in this week’s image has remained in Ford ownership since it was built.
A combination of WRC rule changes and the versatility of the up-and-coming Ford Escort saw development of the GT70 concept car curtailed. This rare GT70 last saw competitive action in the French tarmac championships in 1973 before going into storage. In 2002 it was fully restored, including fitting a 2.0-litre BDA engine and Hewland gearbox, and saw its first competitive action for nearly 30 years at the 2002 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
It has been over 16 years since the Kokusai Kaihatsu Racing Mc Laren F1 speed through the night to emerge in the victor’s circle in the early morning mist at LeMans. The McLaren F1 became the first road car since the Ford GT40 captured the checkered flag at LeMans four times from 1966-1969. However, the era of production-based car winning endurance races came to end soon after McLaren’s 1995 victory, and prototype based vehicles have been atop the podium ever since. -Something that McLaren hopes to change with the MP4-12C GT.
- Ten drivers to compete in three MP4-12C GT3 race cars at Spa-Francorchamps on 30-31 July
- 12C GT3 is the first race car converted from a McLaren road car to make a 24 hour race debut since the McLaren F1 GTR at Le Mans in 1995
- McLaren GT customer VonRyan Racing to manage third MP4-12C GT3 in Pro-Am Cup category
McLaren GT returns to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit this weekend for Total 24 Hours of Spa, following a successful race debut there in the British GT Championship early in July. The second race in the MP4-12C GT3’s development programme will see ten experienced racing drivers pilot three cars in the 12C GT3’s first ever 24 hour race.
The McLaren GT driver line-up for the Total 24 Hours of Spa includes CRS Racing Team Principal Andrew Kirkaldy and McLaren Automotive Chief Test driver Chris Goodwin. Both are Executives of the new McLaren GT company, which is led by McLaren Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh and includes McLaren Racing Head of Vehicle Engineering Mark Williams.
McLaren MP4-12C GT3 drivers for Total 24 Hours of Spa:
Car 58 (McLaren GT):
Rob Bell – GB
Chris Goodwin – GB
Tim Mullen – GB
Car 59 (McLaren GT):
Andrew Kirkaldy – GB
Álvaro Parente – POR
Oliver Turvey – GB
Pro-Am Cup category
Car 60 (McLaren GT and VonRyan Racing):
Adam Christodoulou – GB
Glynn Geddie – GB
Phil Quaife – GB
Roger Wills – NZL
McLaren GT is using the 2011 race season to develop the 12C GT3, with 20 cars due for delivery to privateer teams for GT3 series racing in 2012. Chris Goodwin said: “I was very happy with the performance of the 12C GT3 in its debut race at Spa. We secured an amazing pole position at the first attempt and importantly for future customers; the 12C GT3 was reliable, fast and easy to drive.
“I’m delighted with the quality of the drivers we have enlisted as we take the 12C GT3 to its first 24 hour race. This level of endurance racing is a crucial test for the car technically, and we need the best possible team working with us to ensure we receive intelligent, objective feedback on the 12C GT3 driving experience. We will use this feedback as we continue to develop the car in readiness for customers to go racing next year.
“We will be taking the opportunity at Spa to work with a future McLaren GT customer, VonRyan Racing. We want to develop close relationships with all our customer race teams and this experience will be valuable in developing our customer support programme for 2012 and beyond.”
McLaren’s Racing Pedigree
· Defined by race wins in a broad series of global racing championships, McLaren is the most successful motor racing team in history. No other racing team has won the ‘triple crown’ of Le Mans (on debut), Indy 500 (three wins) and Formula 1 World Championships. In the North American Can-Am race series McLaren won 43 of 71 races, taking five titles between 1966 and 1972.
· In Formula 1, McLaren has won 171 races: better than one in four of the races in which it has competed since 1966, and more races won per season competed than any rival (3.75). These wins have resulted in eight Constructors’ Championships and 12 Drivers’ Championships. McLaren, and Ron Dennis’ influence on Formula 1 has been manifest. In 1981 (Dennis’ first season as team principal), the McLaren MP4/1 became the first-ever race-winning car featuring a carbonfibre-based monocoque chassis.
· This revolutionary design, inspired by aerospace technologies, has since become the standard chassis structure for racing teams: lightweight, safe, strong, and dimensionally predictable.
· McLaren’s Road Car Heritage
· 1993 – 1997: McLaren F1: The McLaren F1 was, and in many eyes remains, the definitive sports car: the first road car with a carbonfibre construction.
· Just 106 examples of this iconic supercar were made (72 road cars, 28 racing cars, six prototypes), but recent auction prices for F1s value the standard F1 road car at between £2 – £2.5 million, almost five times its original retail price: appreciation unheard of in a modern car. It was also the last true road car to win Le Mans and the first to achieve this feat since the ‘60s.
· 2003 – 2009: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: The SLR was conceived and styled by Mercedes-Benz as a powerful, touring sports car before being presented to McLaren Automotive to engineer, develop and manufacture. The SLR was prodigiously fast, exclusive and a technological tour de force. With over 2,100 examples produced, the SLR became the most successful ultimate supercar ever built, selling twice as many as the next best-selling carbon based car (Porsche Carrera GT).
- McLaren F1 in Le Mans
- 1995: with an F1 GTR piloted by J.J.Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya, McLaren won on debut; four other F1s finished 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th.
- 1996: six F1 GTR ‘LM’s finished 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 11th.
- 1997: two ‘Longtail’s finished 2nd and 3rd.
- 1998: one ‘Longtail’ finished 4th, with a second withdrawn after an accident.
The Ford GT40 just happens to be one of the sexist cars man ever made. Some might say owning / driving a GT40 is better than having sex, and those who do say it to their spouses find themselves suddenly having none. So, if you are lucky enough to have a set of keys in your pocket belonging to the iconic Le Mans racer what would you do? Park it in a garage, or risk leaving it rotting in a trailer? Why not convert your garage into a loft and fall asleep each night with the lights just behold the GT’s amazing curves? Let’s face it; it’s a car you could build a Cathedral around. And you might as well. You already said it was better than sex and are sleeping alone anyway. You might as well enjoy your obsession while you can (the divorce papers are on the way). Continue reading
- Ford has assembled a top 10 list of gift ideas for the car lover for Father’s Day
- Ford licensed merchandise and gift certificates are available at www.fordcollection.com or select retailers
- The list includes something for every dad – classic Ford dealership signs, books, jewelry, clothes and more
DEARBORN, Mich., June 10, 2010 – With Father’s Day just around the corner, the Ford Global Brand Licensing team has been hard at work assembling a top 10 list of gift ideas for Father’s Day, which is June 20.
Hundreds of items – from an F-150 Talegator to canvas prints of historic cars – can be found online at www.fordcollection.com, at Ford and Lincoln dealerships across the country, and at respected retailers. Whether your budget is $9.95 or $99.95, there is something special for every dad this year.
This year’s top 10 Father’s Day list includes:
The Talegator:A molded seat specially designed for the tail gate of F-150 trucks includes two cupholders a snack area and two logoed seats. Retail price $99.00. Not for use when driving.
Limited Edition Framed Prints:The “Tin Goose” limited edition print is signed by Edsel Ford II. This print highlights the Ford Tri-Motor Aviation history. The print comes framed and double matted with a commemorative plate with its own registered number. This exclusive offer is limited to just 25 pieces. A donation of $100 is made to Young Eagles for each print purchased. Retail price $599.99
Ford V8 Vintage Neon Sign:Originally built by the Mulholland Sign Co., these limited edition neon signs were created for Ford dealerships in the ’40s and ’50s. Glowing neon colors recapture a vintage era of automobilia that has slowly vanished. A rich addition to your garage, workshop or game room. Retail price $3,495.00 Continue reading