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New Ford GT: Why Say Made to Challenge Ferrari?

Manufactured to challenge Ferrari, The GT went on to win numerous races at Le Mans and today it is still redefining American supercars.

2020 Ford GT red and white on racing track

When Ford brought back the Ford GT in 2016, it was greeted with a wealth of excitement. The return of the American icon meant that Ford once again had a car capable of challenging Ferrari. It was no coincidence that Ford relaunched the Ford GT on the 50th anniversary of its historic win at Le Mans, Ford’s goal was to win the iconic endurance race once again.

Ford vs Ferrari

The rivalry between Ford and Ferrari has been around since the 1960s. The rivalry between Ford and Ferrari is historic that it was turned into a movie, needless to say, it was an instant hit.

Henry Ford II wanted to crush Ferrari, so he enlisted the help of American hero, Carroll Shelby. Shelby was tasked with creating a car capable of beating the Ferrari at Le Mans, and he did. After a few trials along the way, Shelby eventually transformed the Ford GT40 into a supercar cap capable of winning Le Mans.

In 1966 the Ford GT40 won Le Mans, beating Ferrari on its way to a historic win. The GT40 went on to win Le Mans three more times, establishing itself as one the greatest cars ever built.

Ford GTs Swan Song

Ten years after Ford stopped making the GT, Ford brought it back for what it claims to be the final time. In true Ford style, they unveiled a new Ford GT at the Detroit auto show in 2015. The body of the Ford GT is made from carbon fiber, It has a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 647 hp and has a top speed of 216 mph.

Reclaiming Le Mans

On the 50th anniversary of its first win at Le Mans Ford re-released the Ford GT with one thing on their mind, to conquer Le Mans once again. The no.68 Ford GT claimed the victory ahead of bitter rivals Ferrari at the 2016 Le Mans endurance race. The victory came exactly 50 years after their historic 1,2, and 3 finish at Le Mans in 1966.

Ford GT Liquid Carbon

The Ford GT Liquid carbon has a bare carbon fiber body instead of the standard blue coat of paint synonymous with the new Ford GT. The special edition Ford GT takes three times longer to make than a standard Ford GT and will cost you around $750,000.


The Ford GT MK II is the track version of the Ford GT. The MK II has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo engine that produces 700 hp, making it the most powerful Ford GT ever built. The car is a collaboration between Ford and Multimatic and only 45 of them will be made. The track-orientated MK II will be sold for $1.2 Million.


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