dream Machine note: Monsters come in all shapes and sizes...
In 1964 the Ford Motor Corporation, namely Henry Ford II, was so fed up with Ferrari taking the win of another Le Man's that he put in a bid to buy the company. After Ferrari taunted and laughed at Ford and continued to site in the case of Ford, (unlivable conditions), the talks fell through and Ferrari stayed on their side of the Atlantic.
Ford then decided If I can't join em or have them, then I'll beat em, and with that went to work immediately toward the creation of a new race car, later named The Ford GT40. (40 because it was just a hair over 40 inches tall.) For the next three years Ford worked tirelessly at chipping away Ferrari's hold on Le Man's with little success. Engine and Transmission failures plagued Ford as well as lacking the understanding of down force at high speeds...
Enter Carroll Shelby..
A former racing Car Driver turned automotive magician by the name of Carroll Shelby who could literally take a golf cart, add a few things here and there and turn it into a roaring beast with handling and steering to boot. Shelby and the Ford Team went to work right away fixing some of the engine, transmission and aero shortcomings of the GT40 and in 1966 The Ford Team, along with Shelby and sponsorship from Gulf Petroleum tore a hole in Ferrari's ass at Le' Mans and owned the circuit for the next three years. Happy with the wins, Ford later retired the car and it went down in history as the 1 that beat the mighty Ferrari.
Fast forward forty years...
At the 2002 North American Auto Show circuit the egg that was cracked in 1964 had shown it's face once again and breathing Fire as the re-appearing Dragon at the North American Auto Show.. Ford took the wraps off it's concept of the possible Ford GT40 just in time in to celebrate it's upcoming 40 year win at Le Mans, Its mark as a Century Old Establishment and to gain consumer response from the new and highly improved project.
With the dash lifted right out of the 60's design, and built around a hybrid modern day space frame, this car is pure genius. All of the comforts have been added including Push button Start, A/C, power windows, and a 1000wt McIntosh Sound system (optional). It also has Airbags, an extremely modern six speed short throw transmission and toggle switches on the dash. (Wow, how masculine and what a touch!). The seats are surprisingly comfortable as they just invite you to jump in and start driving. They are also designed like the seats in the original, except much more up to date and modernly supportive. The holes in them cause a certain coolness on your butt, and that's just the inside. On the outside, some of the best rims seen on any car to date (another one of four options). 18's up front, 19's in back and some of the most elegant HID headlamps I have ever seen. And then there is the engine bay. Opening the rear deck and looking at beautiful splashes of silver blue and black, you can't say anything.. The only words that come to mind is Wow, Geez, Damn.. Reading the inscription on the cam covers ( POWERED BY FORD ) you soon realize that even the engine bay is a futuristic a thing of beauty. Awesome..!
Now as hot as Godzilla is, he does have his issues along with some anger management problems.. Overheating in the early models stalled production for a time, (We did tell you that it was a fire breather) however, these are some of the common problems we found with the Ford GT.
Commonly reported problem(s) with the GT in conjunction with a harsh ride is Axle bolt failure, loose door panels, rattles and squeaks often plague the interior, and cracked fuel nozzles that cause the beast to stall.