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I want to see what they do with the Ford GT, how about an SC V8?

First, Shelby doesn't put new engines in cars. That would be a huge EPA nightmare. They tweek the existing ones.

 

Secondly, the new Ford GT was essentially built around the Tudor class engine that has been around for a while, it's pretty compact, so I doubt a V8 would even fit.

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Too bad.

 

The 05-06 Ford GT was a street car that a few bold folks used as a platform to race competitively. Those cars only LOOK like a Ford GT. Next time one of the Matech cars comes near take a look.

 

The new Ford GT is going back to the 60's strategy. The new Ford GT is built first for a shot at Le Mans, a race car first, street car only because they have to. They really want to go in at 50 years and wup ass. So it is starting as a race car, and since in order to compete, the car has to have a street version, Ford is essentially forced to do what they did with the 60's Cobras and GT40s - build something close to the minimum number to meet the rules. FIA requires 100 vehicles be built before it can be entered. Ford has said total production over 3-4 years will only be about 1200. As a race car the street version might not be so "comfortable". Noone ever gave high praise to the Cobra and GT40 as a comfortable vacation car or grocery getter. Take a look at the new one: Two people sitting about 3 inches apart. Again, no cup holders. The seats ARE the passenger compartment tub so no electric seat and front-back adjustments (pedals and steering wheel move). Word is (just like the 05-06 Ford GT) that tall and stout people will have trouble fitting. (And no option for a Gurney bubble.)

 

It sounds horrible and I want one :)

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The 05-06 Ford GT was a street car that a few bold folks used as a platform to race competitively. Those cars only LOOK like a Ford GT. Next time one of the Matech cars comes near take a look.

 

The new Ford GT is going back to the 60's strategy. The new Ford GT is built first for a shot at Le Mans, a race car first, street car only because they have to. They really want to go in at 50 years and wup ass. So it is starting as a race car, and since in order to compete, the car has to have a street version, Ford is essentially forced to do what they did with the 60's Cobras and GT40s - build something close to the minimum number to meet the rules. FIA requires 100 vehicles be built before it can be entered. Ford has said total production over 3-4 years will only be about 1200. As a race car the street version might not be so "comfortable". Noone ever gave high praise to the Cobra and GT40 as a comfortable vacation car or grocery getter. Take a look at the new one: Two people sitting about 3 inches apart. Again, no cup holders. The seats ARE the passenger compartment tub so no electric seat and front-back adjustments (pedals and steering wheel move). Word is (just like the 05-06 Ford GT) that tall and stout people will have trouble fitting. (And no option for a Gurney bubble.)

 

It sounds horrible and I want one :)

 

Funny that I've been writing about how the new car is strategically more like the 60's GT40s, here is an excerpt of an interview with Jamal Hameedi:

 

A: How does the new Ford GT compare to the last one?

H: The 2005 Ford GT was a road car, a street car. This is much more focused on being a track car.

A: Is it so focused that it’s compromised for the street?

H: Yes, absolutely. It’s really more comparable to the original GT40 than the [2005-2006] Ford GT, as far as the focus and what it was designed to do.

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The 05-06 Ford GT was a street car that a few bold folks used as a platform to race competitively. Those cars only LOOK like a Ford GT. Next time one of the Matech cars comes near take a look.

 

The new Ford GT is going back to the 60's strategy. The new Ford GT is built first for a shot at Le Mans, a race car first, street car only because they have to. They really want to go in at 50 years and wup ass. So it is starting as a race car, and since in order to compete, the car has to have a street version, Ford is essentially forced to do what they did with the 60's Cobras and GT40s - build something close to the minimum number to meet the rules. FIA requires 100 vehicles be built before it can be entered. Ford has said total production over 3-4 years will only be about 1200. As a race car the street version might not be so "comfortable". Noone ever gave high praise to the Cobra and GT40 as a comfortable vacation car or grocery getter. Take a look at the new one: Two people sitting about 3 inches apart. Again, no cup holders. The seats ARE the passenger compartment tub so no electric seat and front-back adjustments (pedals and steering wheel move). Word is (just like the 05-06 Ford GT) that tall and stout people will have trouble fitting. (And no option for a Gurney bubble.)

 

It sounds horrible and I want one :)

 

 

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First, Shelby doesn't put new engines in cars. That would be a huge EPA nightmare. They tweek the existing ones.

 

Secondly, the new Ford GT was essentially built around the Tudor class engine that has been around for a while, it's pretty compact, so I doubt a V8 would even fit.

And don't forget it would have to go thru crash testing again.

 

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The 05-06 Ford GT was a street car that a few bold folks used as a platform to race competitively. Those cars only LOOK like a Ford GT. Next time one of the Matech cars comes near take a look.

 

The new Ford GT is going back to the 60's strategy. The new Ford GT is built first for a shot at Le Mans, a race car first, street car only because they have to. They really want to go in at 50 years and wup ass. So it is starting as a race car, and since in order to compete, the car has to have a street version, Ford is essentially forced to do what they did with the 60's Cobras and GT40s - build something close to the minimum number to meet the rules. FIA requires 100 vehicles be built before it can be entered. Ford has said total production over 3-4 years will only be about 1200. As a race car the street version might not be so "comfortable". Noone ever gave high praise to the Cobra and GT40 as a comfortable vacation car or grocery getter. Take a look at the new one: Two people sitting about 3 inches apart. Again, no cup holders. The seats ARE the passenger compartment tub so no electric seat and front-back adjustments (pedals and steering wheel move). Word is (just like the 05-06 Ford GT) that tall and stout people will have trouble fitting. (And no option for a Gurney bubble.)

 

It sounds horrible and I want one :)

Me too! Exciting times to have Ford building the GT with the same mentality as they did in the 60's. They haven't done it since until now.

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