In for ride along in Ben's GTD... The ride in the MK II was spectacular at Spring Mountain!
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This is the God's honest truth, some of those cars still had the SCCA class records at some tracks up into the 80s.Ralph Nader's wacko complaint that the car was " Unsafe at Any Speed." That was the title of treatise and it was based on early models, and it struck a lot of Trackraticus folks as hilarious as the latter models were out winning races and even in the 1980s a C Prepared Corsair won the National Championship autocrossing. All those rapid movements and big sweepers and I never saw a single one get into any problem ----- but I did see a VW Rabbit and a Volvo Amazon flip over onto their lids!!
That's what Ford targeted for the latest GT, until the demand got so high, they built more. I think that Ford knows what it is doing with the GTD build/sales numbers. My guess, it should sell in similar fashion to the latest GT.According to motortrend around 2000 will be made
Agreed, a very well done article. Thanks for posting.Great article on the double ball joint suspension. Ford engineers must have thought the improvements it offered was worth it as they did put it under the S550 rather then keeping the S197 setup.
The suspension on the GTD is modern art, I'd hang that stuff on the walls of my garage, its a almost a shame that the body covers it up.
Ah, thanks for the explanation and article. Interesting stuff. I didn't realize the S550 used a similar suspension design. Going to try to wrap my head around how it works...new rabbit hole to go downIt's dual/double ball joint suspension, which has one joint in tension and one in compression. It's becoming a lot more popular with high-end marques within the last decade. It creates a virtual ball joint located outboard of the spindle (imagine the arm angles continuing until they intersect) that improves the scrub radius, steering, and brake packaging.
This seems like a great writeup if you want a deeper dive: https://www.theautopian.com/our-for...ouble-ball-joint-suspension-is-so-incredible/
To be clear, I didn't get asked to put down a deposit. Ford invited me to the launch event, and sent me my chassis number inscribed on a coin. It was a very classy move.
But you didn't disclose why they selected you nor why they are "selecting" people to purchase these cars.To be clear, I didn't get asked to put down a deposit. Ford invited me to the launch event, and sent me my chassis number inscribed on a coin. It was a very classy move.
It looks to me like they handpicked a set of folks that they expect will drive these beasts in anger once they're released. In my case, they are correct
Congratulations on being a part of this project and having the wraps taken off of this for the public. The car has been pretty well-received and you should be proud. Great job!Simple : GT3 is trademarked by Porsche ... GTD is an IMSA category in which we (Ford) will race the Mustang GT3 racecar. Mustang being an american car, it makes sense to use GTD as a moniker.
@treynor were you able to already put down a deposit for an allocation in Monterey? If yes, that's pretty awesome, congrats!
Ben's got a pretty decent history of buying Ford and Ferrari performance street cars and factory race cars and driving the piss out of them. I'm guessing the selection process will be similar to how Ford gave out GT allocations.But you didn't disclose why they selected you nor why they are "selecting" people to purchase these cars.