Ford to unveil new race-spec GT at Goodwood 2019

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Preview picture suggests Ford’s fearsome Le Mans racer may very well be tailored for the street

Ford is poised to disclose a racing-inspired model of its GT supercar at this yr’s Goodwood Pageant of Pace.

Previewed in a darkened picture, the brand new mannequin seems to be to retain the aggressive entrance finish of the 647bhp V6-powered street automobile, however a distinguished rear wing hints at radical physique modifications elsewhere.

In silhouette kind, the automobile bears a powerful resemblance to Ford’s GTE-Professional racer, which completed 23rd, 24th and 25th at this yr’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with factory-backed Chip Ganassi Racing. That group’s quantity 66 automobile will tackle the Goodwood hillclimb at this yr’s occasion. 

It’s doubtless that the brand new mannequin will take the type of a road-going remodeling of the Le Mans racer, however no official affirmation of this has been made. 

Demand for the usual GT, launched in 2017, outstripped provide six-to-one from the order books opening, prompting the producer to increase the mannequin’s restricted manufacturing run from 1000 to 1350 items late final yr. A Heritage Version launched on the identical time paid tribute to Ford’s success at Le Mans with the unique GT40. 

It’s doubtless that, as was the case on the launch of the usual mannequin, Ford will prioritise consumers who will recurrently drive the automobile, moderately than preserving it as an funding. 

The corporate has supplied no additional particulars in regards to the unveiling, saying solely that “thrilling Ford GT” information will likely be delivered by Ford Efficiency boss Hermann Salenbauch.

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Larry Holt, chief technical officer of components provider Multimatic, can even be current. His firm has beforehand supplied engineering enter for the Aston Martin V12 Zagato and Vulcan, and builds road- and track-going variants of the Ford GT at its manufacturing facility in Canada. 

Making its UK dynamic debut at Goodwood will likely be Ford’s new Focus ST, which is able to sort out the 1.16-mile hillclimb course alongside fellow newcomer the 760bhp Shelby GT500. 

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