Presented by Mecum Auctions. Ford surprised the motoring world– including all however 12 of its own employees– when it unveiled the all-new GT at the North American International Automobile Show in January 2015. Designed and established in secret by a lots hand-picked engineers and stylists in the basement of the Ford Style Center in Dearborn, Michigan, the second-generation Ford GT was targeted at winning the LM GTE-Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, exactly 50 years to the day after a trio of Ford GT40 Mk IIs famously terminated Ferrari’s stranglehold on the French endurance classic. That the brand-new GT would likewise be provided to a lucky couple of for roadway and track usage was a secondary goal, however that did not avoid the design team (including development partner and maker Multimatic Motorsports in Ontario, Canada) from creating the most extraordinary and expensive roadway vehicle in Ford’s remarkable history, a terrific example of which is now slated to cross the Mecum auction block this March at Glendale 2022.

The new Ford GT’s central purpose, victory at Le Mans, dictated the group’s technique to its design, which focused primarily on aerodynamic efficiency. Ford Efficiency Chief Engineer Jamal Hameedi explained the thinking behind the procedure: “If anybody understands anything about Le Mans, it’s constantly low downforce that’s efficient. I believe that’s what makes the Ford GT more unique than the Ferrari or McLaren is that the function of this automobile, and the effectiveness of the racing, goes right down to the really core of its existence. For instance, the powertrain choice was unusual because it was a secondary criteria to the primary aerodynamic signature of the automobile. The aerodynamics were developed initially, and after that we picked the most efficient EcoBoost engine that we could discover for that bundle.”

And Ford definitely got the aerodynamics right, even while preserving the iconic features that leave no doubt about the GT’s historical lineage. The squared headlight frames, twin front air vents, wraparound windshield and round taillights flanking main twin exhaust outlets were all consistently preserved, however following the GT’s lines toward the back of the vehicle exposes the contemporary teardrop fuselage long typical to Le Mans models, with an added flourish in the flying buttresses and pontoon rear fenders that guide airflow around and through the back. Even the afterburner-look tail lights get into the aero act, tiring the heated air that is transported through twin intakes in the GT’s lower front bodywork in service to both cooling and downforce. The resulting overall effect is pure aerodynamic performance that, not coincidentally, is accompanied by a jailing beauty in both basic kind and details.

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Practically speaking, the Ford GT is packaged as securely as physical determines such as traveler space and drivetrain measurements would allow. Again, performance dictated that the GT relinquish the V-8 component of its heritage in favor of the physically smaller sized 3.5 L EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6, the most effective EcoBoost ever at 647 HP. The compact V-6 helped with the cars and truck’s tapering fuselage while enabling the dual-clutch 7-speed automated transmission and cavernous rear diffuser.

The GT’s tub and body are almost totally made up of carbon fiber, with aluminum front and rear subframes and an FIA-spec roll cage integrated into the total structure. The Multimatic-designed suspension epitomizes that company’s advanced strategies with upper and lower control arms, pushrod-actuated torsion bars, coil springs and the electrically adjustable spool valve shock absorbers it supplies to Formula 1 and Prototype groups worldwide. Carbon ceramic disc brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires integrated with optional carbon fiber 20-inch wheels and titanium lugs assist in the GT’s transcendent handling and braking abilities, necessary strengths for a car efficient in nearly 220 MPH. Driving modes can be changed between Wet, Normal, Sport, Track and V-Max with an easy turn of the steering wheel-mounted dial.

Typically described as snug, the two-place cockpit is nevertheless comfortable, utilizing boosted, Alcantara-covered Sparco seats that are mounted directly to the monocoque for maximum roadway feel; the pedals and multifunction steering wheel are adjustable to accommodate differing bodies. Hardly wide adequate to accommodate a cellular phone, the main tunnel holds the red start button and shifter dial, while the staying controls are located on either the guiding wheel or the highly configurable cockpit console straight behind it.

Delivered brand-new to Suburban Ford in Sandy, Oregon, this electrifying 2020 Ford GT was produced with a Triple Yellow Tri Coat outside finish with Shadow Black overtop stripes matched by gloss exposed carbon fiber 20-inch wheels, alternatives that included $37,500 to the GT’s $509,200 MSRP. Add another $1,250 for red-painted brake calipers, $250 for a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an additional $30,000 for the Dark Energy interior upgrade plan, and one is left with the most technologically advanced, strikingly capable and gorgeous automobile ever to wear the Blue Oval.