Production of the current generation of the Ford GT will end in 2022 and we already miss it. This supercar was the product of decades of experience on the international endurance racing scene. Between 2004 and 2006, around 4,000 examples of the first Ford GT, which was based on the legendary GT40 in terms of appearance, had already been built.
The still current GT made its debut in 2016 with 483 kW (656 hp) of power from a twin-turbo V6 with a displacement of 3.5 liters. The last 250 units will now be built by the end of 2022. The sales of the vehicle, which costs a good 530,000 euros in this country, are to be supported in the USA by special models such as the Alan Mann Heritage Edition (see our cover photo).
Much like the original GT40, Ford created this generation of the Ford GT with the goal of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its class – a goal it achieved in spectacular fashion on its first attempt.
2016 marks 50 years since Ford first won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 with the groundbreaking GT40. This impressive feat was the result of years of intense work to build a racing car that could beat Ferrari. With this, Ford retaliated for the rejected attempt to take over Ferrari. This story became a legend through the Hollywood film “Le Mans 66”.
After Ford’s failed attempt to buy Ferrari, Ford Motor Company shifted its efforts and additional funds to a campaign to humiliate Ferrari on the world stage. With the help of legends like Carol Shelby, Ken Miles, Bruce McLaren, Mario Andretti and others, Ford surpassed Ferrari and cemented itself as a Le Mans legend. By 1969, Ford had won four times at Le Mans.
The second generation of the Ford GT is nearing the end of its production cycle. Multimatic, the company that builds the Ford GT, expects to complete production of all 1,350 units by December 2022. That means we have to hope for a third generation of the Ford GT.
If there will be one at all. Maybe you’re considering an electric GT. We are obviously saddened by the end of production of the current Ford GT, but we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this historic marque.