Ford is officially delivering the production versions of the its $400,000 Ford GT supercars. Ever since the GT’s jaw-dropping debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show, anticipation for the car has been running high.
Fans saw what the racing version of the GT could do last year, when the car competed in North America and Europe and won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, repeating history: it was 50 years to the day that the Ford GT40 went 1-2-3 at Le Mans, forging a legend.
That was a spectacular, against-the-odds triumph, with Ford once again dueling Ferrari (as well as Corvette, Aston Martin, and Porsche). It raised the expectations for the road-car to a fever pitch. Both vehicles were developed at the same time — that was the only way to get the race car on the track and satisfy the regulations to have a road car also in development.
Ford slowly teased us with glimpses of the GT after its 2015 debut. In 2016, a white GT appeared at the Detroit auto show. Then in 2017, a red GT was the centerpiece of Ford’s booth in Detroit, sharing space with the battle-scarred Le Mans-winning racing car.
Earlier this year, Ford brought a GT to New York and we got to push the start button for the first time.
Then Ford invited us to drive the car, on the road and the race track, in Utah.
Here’s what we thought:
When the Ford GT was revealed at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January, it blew everybody’s minds. With its elegant flying buttress wings, bold hood scoops, and razorlike edges, the supercar was breathtakingly beautiful. But its existence raised a question …
Would Ford build a race car to make a run at repeating history? In 1966, the Ford GT40 went 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the toughest race in the world. Would Ford return to glory in France in 2016, 50 years later?
That question was answered a few months later when Ford pulled the cover off the racing version of the GT.