The Ford That Will Cost You A Cool Quarter Million

The new GT has one eye on its Le Mans-winning past, the other on a high-tech future

It’s not every day you come across a Ford that costs a quarter of a million quid. But when you see this all new GT in the metal, it’s quite tempting to sign over any assets you own to get your hands on one.

A close relative of the legendary Ford GT40, which dominated Le Mans in the late Sixties, it’s been developed by Ford’s performance arm – handily named Ford Performance – and production starts next year to coincide with 50 years since the original car bagged a sensational first, second and third in the 1966 race.
No surprise then that this rear-wheeled, mid-engined V6 is a racer at heart. Lightweight, stripped out and with more carbon-fibre than a boat show, it will mingle with the Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Aventador and McLaren 650S in the supercar stable.

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It will also act as a kind of four-wheeled mobile showroom for lots of cutting-edge tech that may one day filter down to the rest of Ford’s less expensive models. More than anything, this is a car that makes you smile. From the 20in, multi-spoke alloys and upward-opening doors, to the F1-inspired stalkless steering column.

There won’t be many that get their hands on a set of keys, though. With only 1,000 or so due to be made and just a fraction of them heading to the UK, the GT will be a rare sight. But a very welcome one.

Ford GT
Engine: 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6
Power: 600+bhp
Transmission: seven-speed dual clutch
Price: £250k (est)
Due: Late 2016

ford.co.uk

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