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This is the new Ford GT, the supercar Ford is building to celebrate the 50th anniversary next year of its clean sweep in the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race, where its famous GT40s filled the first three places. The pre-production model was pictured at Ford HQ in Detroit. It appears to be similar to the concept unveiled at the Detroit motor show in January, although Ford has confirmed few details, other than the GT would be available in left-hand cialis patent expiration
drive only. It did admit at Detroit that carbon-fibre would be used in the tub and other body panels, that the engine would be a mid-mounted 3.5-litre Ecoboost V6 engine, and that its “more than” 450kW would go to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. What has since emerged, says spy agency Automedia, is the fixed position of the GT’s driver’s seat. It won’t be able to be moved, either for height or rake. Rather, to get comfortable, the driver will adjust the brake and accelerator pedals and steering column. The transmission will be controlled via paddles on the steering wheel, which is likely to be slathered in buttons and switches like that of modern Ferraris. A configurable dash display will also dominate what sits in front of the driver, bringing the GT in line with the likes of the Lamborghini Aventador and offerings from McLaren. The GT will go on sale in the United States late next year. It is expected to make its first public appearance in June, when Ford honours the 50th anniversary of its Le Mans win in 1966, the first time an American car had won the French classic. Of course, the GT40 didn’t just win the race, it finished 1-2-3. First home all those years ago were the Kiwi pair of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. Fellow Kiwi Denny Hulme and Englishman Ken Miles finished second, and Americans Ron Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson were third. A Ford GT40 won the 1967 race, too, this time with Americans Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt sharing the driving. Bruce McLaren finished fourth in another GT40. Ferrari finished second and third. Amon also piloted a Ferrari 330 P4 in 1967 but it broke down after 105 laps. Ford GT40s also won Le Mans in 1968 and ’69. The 1970s saw the start of Porsche’s dominance.
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