Taking Delivery Of The Ford GT

On November 3rd, 2019 Ford GT #246 produced in 2019 arrived at Richmond Ford West to a welcoming Ron Kody, family, employees, and friends. How did Ron Kody and Richmond Ford get so lucky to procure such a rare and hard to obtain car? Well let's find out!

  

The history and prestige behind Ford’s Supercar are one of legend and legacy. Born from a falling out between a failed purchase of Ferrari, Ford set out to enter performance motorsport in the mid-’60s at the world-renowned 24 hours of Le Mans. The premise, to design a Ford-powered GT car to decimate Ferrari placing winning racer and car builder Carol Shelby at the helm. In only 10 short months the Ford GT40, the current Ford GT’s grandfather was born. While the first generation of the GT40 failed to perform to standards, through trials and tribulation a second-generation GT40 called the Mark II was developed and in 1966 Ford finally achieved its goal by finishing in the top 3 spots in that year's Le Mans race. While the GT40’s dominance ended in 1969 it wouldn’t be until 2003 when we saw the introduction of the new GT40 concept arrive on the scene, later shortened to just the Ford GT and Ford’s racing Supercar was available to the public for on-road use in 2005. 4,038 total first-generation Ford GT’s were produced in the 2005 and 2006 model years and it wouldn’t be until 2015, 50 years since the GT40’s win at Le Mans that we would get our first glimpse at the second-generation Ford GT.

In December 2016 the second generation of the road-going Ford GT officially went into production for customers to purchase. However, Ford implemented a selection process where potential buyers were required to submit a written application supported by a video describing how they would use the car and why they should be selected. Ford did not want its flagship car going to just collectors who had the biggest wallets and who would just store the car away, hidden in some collection. They wanted these cars to land in the hands of the enthusiasts who would enjoy and share the Supercar with others publicly. A select 500 lucky people were selected in 2016 to be allotted a slot for one of the first two years of the GT’s production. Later due to the overwhelming amount of applications in late 2018 another round of applications opened for just 30 days for an additional worldwide 850 slots and one of these lucky people selected in the second round of applicants was Richmond Ford owner and president, Ron Kody.

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FORD GT

Richmond Ford's 2019 Ford GT, is #246 of 250 produced in 2019. One of a grand world total of only 1350 that will ever be produced! This example is presented in Frozen White with lightening blue stripes and finished in glossy carbon fiber trim. It is outfitted with gloss carbon fiber wheels with titanium lugs, blue calipers, and light-speed blue interior. A simple but a very aesthetically pleasing spec. Ford GT owners have the choice from an 8 base color palate to choose from with the option of 8 different stripe colors. For an additional cost, Ford will open up to an extended color palette and will paint the Ford GT in any color in the Ford Library. The MSRP of the Ford GT starts at around $500k and can go over $600k with options. A small price to pay for a rare, race-bred, Supercar that challenges other super and Hypercars that can easily cost two to three times as much.


 

POWER & PERFORMANCE

The Ford GT is outfitted with a 3.5L V6 Twin Turbocharged and intercooled EcoBoost engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This engine produces 647 horsepower, 550 ft.-lbs. of torque and is capable of 0-60 in just 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 216mph. The reason the Ford GT is outfitted with an EcoBoost V6 instead of a V8 like the last generation is because of the teardrop shape. The Ford GT is aerodynamically designed to cut through the air and its tapered rear only allows for an engine block of a certain size. The V6 fits perfectly and with its high output, the engine is more than sufficient for this application. To bring the Ford GT to a halt with all this power and speed, Ford went to brake experts, Brembo for a 6 piston caliper 394x36mm carbon-ceramic rotor set up in the front and a 4 piston 360x32mm carbon-ceramic rotor in the rear with a standalone axel mounted parking brake that is the ideal lightweight solution for parking.

  

AERODYNAMIC FOCUSED DESIGN

The body of the Ford GT is made of carbon fiber and aluminum for maximum weight savings. The entire car only has a dry curb weight of 3054 lbs. The design of the GT is unique with its unmistakable flying buttresses. This allows air to flow through the vehicle and over the bodywork and exit under the rear spoiler. These buttresses house the intercoolers and allow air to flow through and up and over into the engine bay. The exhaust exits out of the middle of the back to maximize the performance of the diffuser on the bottom and maintain airflow over the top of the body. This example of the GT includes the optional titanium exhausts. The rear taillights are hollow on the inside to expel heat from the oil coolers inside the buttresses. The active wing will deploy when driving over 70 mph and for added aerodynamics, the spoiler features a gurney flap that pivots on a hinge to further divert the air. Alternatively, the wing will pop up at a standstill when placed into track mode but will not return to its fixed position unless you drive to over 15 mph. When you turn on track mode the GT lowers the suspensions 2 inches to stand only 41 ½” inches off the ground. Only 1 ½” higher than the original GT40! Track mode should only ever be used on track though as the ground clearance and suspension settings would cause the GT to bottom out on the street potentially leading to damage. The ideal mode to drive in is Sport mode in perfect on road conditions. However, there is a comfort mode for cruising which is easily accessed via a button in the center stack that will soften the ride just a smidgen. The Ford GT rides surprisingly comfortable for being a race car and does not jolt and shake you around as some other Supercars do. There is also a wet mode for rainy conditions.

Continuing with the uniqueness of the design of the Ford GT, The fuel filler cap is located on the body inside the buttress. The panel behind the driver’s door holds a touch-sensitive lock button so you can lock the car just by pressing the illuminated lock button. On the hood, there is a small opening that houses fluid reservoirs and your battery terminals. You can also see the actuators for the lift system and a small strut tower brace. You can run your battery charger cable over the wheel and through the fender to access the terminals and still have the hood closed when storing the GT.

  

CLIMBING INTO THE COCKPIT

Moving to the interior you will notice it is quite intimate. This is due to the teardrop shape. The seats do not move, they are mounted to the floor and if you need to make adjustments you can move the wheel with a button on the underside to bring it forwards and back and a leaver on the passenger side to tilt up and down. There is a strap on the driver's footwell that allows you to move the pedals to your desired position. The steering wheel is perhaps the most complex of any vehicle on the road today as all of your main functional controls are located at your fingertips. But once you start to look at it the buttons make sense and it becomes intuitive on how to use. The windshield washers are located at the top right with the wiper speed controls right under. Then you turn signal for turning right. Under that is your menu selection, hands-free voice communication and finally your stereo volume controls. On the left, the top button flashes the bright then the drive mode selector buttons, left turn signal then the cruise control buttons and finally the track buttons for the stereo. The button next to the SYNC 3 system is just to mute the volume of the stereo. The digital dash is configurable to your liking by switching through the menu options. You can display oil temp, trans temp, oil pressure, turbo psi, and traditional tire pressure, and trip/fuel economy info. Your dive modes also change the display match to the driving dynamics. For instance, your tachometer becomes the focal point in track and sport modes. In the center console, there is a row of functionality buttons starting with the ever-important start/stop button presented in an alluring red finish. The transmission selector is that like other ford products and is a simple twist to turn the dial. Simply twist to the right to place the car into reverse, neutral or drive. In the middle is the button to place the GT into manual mode which allows you to freely select the gear you wish to be in and fully disables the transmission from shifting itself. Like any car you need a button to turn on the hazard flashers, even Supercars are no different. The traction control button reduces the traction but this is best kept on unless you are a seasoned race car driver on the track. Deactivating this turns the GT into a drift machine! Lastly the front lifter button so you can lift the front end to its highest position to clear obstacles such as speed bumps and exiting parking lots. The Ford GT features one of if not the fastest front suspension lift systems fitted to any Supercar from the factory. The climate controls are all manual and located to the right of the sync 3 screen. The vents are located on either door as the dash is an integral part of the chassis and ties the front end together with a structural piece.

  

COME SEE THE FORD GT IN PERSON

 

The Ford GT is a special car that takes seeing in person to appreciate the shape, technology, and sheer presence. And in appreciation to our customers, we will have this GT on a rotating display schedule at our Richmond Ford West, Richmond Ford Lincoln, and West Point Ford locations. So come on by and check out the Ford GT and feel free to take photos to share on social media, don’t forget to tag us, or ask us any questions you may have while getting service or shopping for a new vehicle. And remember we are driven by you!