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We'll Miss The Ford GT Race Car

302BOB

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Is this just the Racing GT or also the limited production GT, also?...I thought the new racing GT was doing great!...I wonder if the new Vette has anything to do with this??????????
 

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I think Ford deserves a crap load of credit for building a state of the art sports car, they really raised the bar with the technology they used. Problem is that had a huge price tag and made it way beyond the reach of the average person. Their race car was probably closer to their street car than anyone's, the Ferrari would be the only other one that close IMHO. Ford didn't need to resort to massively radical changes to their car to be competitive. But we've got lots of people, even on this forum, who just can't seem to give them any credit at all for this car, which baffles me. But whatever.
 

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I think Ford deserves a crap load of credit for building a state of the art sports car, they really raised the bar with the technology they used. Their race car was probably closer to their street car than anyone's, the Ferrari would be the only other one that close IMHO. Ford didn't need to resort to massively radical changes to their car to be competitive. But we've got lots of people, even on this forum, who just can't seem to give them any credit at all for this car, which baffles me. But whatever.
+1 Not only did they raise the bar with technology, also Aero. In addition to looking spectacular, the GT has a frontal area of 1.5 sqm. The competition is all in the 2.0 sqm ballpark. Ironically, ultimately that may have been a disadvantage with BOP, leading to higher top speeds driving power reductions/ weight increases.

As @JDee points out, only the 488 comes close to street car similarity. Don't let's even start on the P car...
 

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Hey let’s be nice to those P cars. ;)

You really have to give Ford/Multimatic/Ganassi credit. To have a win your first year in a new program is amazing and then to win multiple times and Le Mans to replicate 1966 was unbelievable. I was at the 2016 LS race for the first win and was surprised by the large effort. I talked to Joey Hand and he told me Ford was prepared to do whatever it took to win. Yes they did.
 

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I'm voting for Rick.......Either for President (Grant could be VP) or whatever......He's an honest man that will do a great job....integrity is hard to find these days!......I'll move to Cali if I have to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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And the Race car carries a lot of extra weight due to BOP.

That's why the MkII is going to be so very quick. Much more power, less weight and significantly more aggressive aero.

I've talked to pro drivers who've driven it. They say it's spectacular, but will likely rarely get driven to it's full potential if driven on tracks with other cars as lap times and closing speeds will be so dramatic.
 

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Price.

But I'm sure Ford could use the tech developed for the GT and apply it elsewhere. But still the cars would be expensive. The muscle car/sports car market is owned by the Mustang so I don't see them developing an "affordable" mid engine sports car anytime soon.
 

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