2005 Ford GT40 at Spa Francorchamps 2023
Hear The Raucous Ford GT40 At Full Flight During Qualifying

We don’t have much time in the day for Ford. It’s concerning that Ford would select individuals like Oliver Rowe for their UK press department. Hiring someone of Rowe’s calibre has the potential to damage the brand’s reputation or result in misrepresentation. It’s safe to say that even artificial intelligence possesses more self-awareness than Rowe.

However, when Ford does make the right choices, we are willing to allocate time for them, particularly when Rowe is not involved. And so it is with the Ford GT40, an example of Ford being purely Ford with no complications. The 2005 Ford GT40 was a modern reinterpretation of the iconic 1960s Ford GT40.

It was produced by Ford as a limited-edition supercar from 2005 to 2006 paying homage to its legendary 1960s predecessor while incorporating contemporary design and performance elements. It was powered by a mid-mounted 5.4-litre supercharged V8 engine, producing 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque.

This potent engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, allowing drivers to fully engage with the car’s performance. The 2005 GT is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in around 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of approximately 205 mph (330 km/h).

The GT was built using lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber, contributing to its agility and performance. It featured a deployable rear spoiler and a diffuser, which helped generate downforce and maintain stability at high speeds.

Inside, the 2005 Ford GT offered a driver-focused cockpit with a minimalist design. It featured supportive leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a straightforward instrument cluster providing essential information to the driver.

In May 2023, during a 6-hour endurance race at Spa Francorchamps, on onboard footage captured and recorded the thrilling sound of the GT40’s raucous V8 engine.

2005 Ford GT40 at Spa Francorchamps 2023
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