Feb 16, 2017 european correspondent thomas hellmanzik gets his first chance to drive a 5. Ferrari seems to abruptly show ken miles deadly car crash. Crouch down behind it and you can eyeball the horizon through the fresh. Bouncing tires offer less than optimum grip and the gts do bounce. Built for the track, but ready for the street and a very nice garage, the 2018 ford gt is. Ford plans on building 250 a year for a 4 year run. Elite squad of ford performance test drivers helps make all ford. Ford is targeting a 060 mph time in the mid three second range. With its stunning new 2005 ford gt, ford reincarnates a le mans legend for the street and once again steals carrots from the prancing horse. We take the ford gt to the le mans circuit in france, plus log full test numbers. The pretty highs and hot lows of driving a replica vintage race car.
Its a nice compromise for someone who uses their mustang as. On the road, the 2009 ford mustang gt is the model for enthusiasts. The new ford gt is technically wonderful, brilliant to drive, and to be admired. You can get a practically brand new mercedesbenz certified 2014 c63 with 15k miles for less than the price as tested mustang gt. Read the latest updates in our longterm road test of the 2015 ford mustang gt as our editors live with this car for a year. Keith moody, editor, honest john classics tue, 27 mar 2018. Despite the aged solidaxle layout, the suspension does well in soaking up imperfections while keeping the tires in contact with. Introduction the 2014 ford mustang gt represents the end of an era.
Nov 15, 2019 superformance gt40 and cobra movie car test drive from ford v ferrari. Driving is a hobby, a relaxation for me, like golfing is to others. After his lifelong experience in european cars at autobahn speeds, he brings a unique perspective to the. Ford mustang gt a germans perspective everyday driver. During a test session at riverside international raceway in august 1966 with ken miles driving, the car suddenly went out of control at. The second generation ford gt became available for the 2017 model year. Fiesta st, allnew fiesta st, focus rs, new mustang gt, mustang gt350r, ford gt road car and ford gt race car go headtohead in a staggered time trial around one lap of the 5. Caranddriver 2018 ford mustang gt manual test reddit. Although a college degree is not required to become a test car driver, you should have a strong grasp of the english language and have aboveaverage mathematical and technical ability.
Our test average on our combined urbanhighway loop landed reasonably close to the claim. In le mans that year, miles led in a ford gt40 mkii at the end of the race, with. Roadkill roadkill garage dirt every day hot rod garage adam carolla goes racing engine masters best driver s car week long road to monterey put up or shut up. In that time, a racing version of the gt was developed and won the 2016 24 hours of le mans, both substantial accomplishments. Heres what we thought of the fords updated mustang gt during our first drive.
After the death of walt hansgen in a jcar ford while testing at le mans in april, the decision was made to. Jun 19, 2017 glenn drives one of his dream cars, the 2006 ford gt. And jamie cullen, ford supervisor for vehicle dynamics development, led road test efforts to ensure the car delivers ultraresponsive steering, braking and handling performance. With the outfield road course at las vegas motor speedway in front of me, i flip the toggle at the base of the 2020 ford mustang shelby gt500s center. Misc scans ford magazine test drives, ads and articles for. Its this much quicker than the same car with a sixspeed manual because, yes, the shifts are faster and more in number, but the tach never swings in and out of the power band, noted road test. Ford returned to le mans in 2016 in a blaze of glory, the modern gt. If you do, you can have my copy of march 1968 car and driver road test. Ford that is to say, it takes about 10 seconds of driving it on a racetrack to nearly forget youre in a mustang. The gts lowspeed manners are fine, but its width and radically inboard driving position turn narrow french roads and oncoming traffic into a. The ford shelby gt350 is basically a race car that you can drive on the street. Firstly, as road and race versions were developed in.
Ford gt vs ford gt road car vs gte lm car is the supercar a road legal racer. In a new video from ford performance, filmed at the motorland race circuit near barcelona, spain, the ford f150 raptor. Turn the plastic dial to d one of many interior plastics that would be too shonky for a ford city car, let alone a luxury grand tourer and tickle. Camilo pardo, the then head of fords living legends studio, is credited as the chief designer of the. It is a group road test of 390 cougar, 390 javelin, 396 camaro, 400 firebird, 340 barracuda, and 390 gt mustang not gta.
The 2018 ford mustang continues to offer a v8, rearwheel drive, two doors, and a manual transmission. May 25, 2018 the mustang isnt fords bestselling car, but it will be soon. Nov 21, 2017 the result of their covert efforts is available to order now and will reach north american showrooms this spring when pony car enthusiasts can get the new 2018 ford mustang gt with performance. Oct 29, 2019 kirk bell october 29, 2019 comment now. Jan 02, 2019 the gt with the automatic gets 162519 mpg and 18 mpg with the 6speed. Plus, you wont have to worry about the car depreciating as fast as the mustang. The next model year for fords illustrious pony car will see a dramatic reinterpretation. As youd hope, it does an excellent job of reminding the driver what the road is doing and how the car is responding to the road. A sevenspeed dualclutch transmission sends power to the gt500s rear wheels.
New zealander bruce mclaren was the initial test track driver as the car was put through its paces. One like our test car equipped with the new digital instrument cluster, power leather seats, the latest sync infotainment system, magneride dampers, and the gt. Trouble is that, like silver was a big nag, the mustang is a big car, so it has a large. The ford mustang has always been an iconic car and the new ford mustang gt brings a range of new features to the table.
Swing yourself into the drivers seat and the first thing thatll. The ford gt is built for the track, ready for the street and very nice garage. Feb 14, 2017 get real time information through 2017 ford mustang gt. Many car makers plunder their back catalogues for inspiration when creating new models, especially sporty ones. Ford brings gt40 race car back to life as streetgoing concept car for 2002 auto show, crowd begins foaming at. Interestingly, the first seven produced had a vin number beginning with ford gt, while the cars after those had a vin beginning with ford gt40. May 12, 2017 what you learn after driving the ford gt. On the magazine cover it looks sort of red in color. From the time the ford gt concept first appeared at the detroit auto show in 2015, work was under way behind the scenes to build the racecar and the road version in parallel.
Upgrades to the suspension and cabin tech for 2017 make it a more comfortable, but still thrilling, daily driver. I got a chance to drive a 2014 ford mustang gt, before the new model erases our memory of the highly influential and successful ninth generation 2005 2014. We finally get the chance to take it for a test drive in southern. The 2018 car has got fancy gadgets such as line lock for. And thats because the ford gt is all about packaging and aerodynamics and driving behaviour its a chassis car, not an engine car. As for crashworthiness, especially important in a car like this, the nhtsa gives the mustang five stars overall, with five stars in every test. Ken miles was a race car driver hired by shelby as a test driver. The updated 2018 ford mustang gt is the most powerful one ever and is available with a performance package that makes it even more fun on the track. European correspondent thomas hellmanzik gets his first chance to drive a 5. For 2019, ford makes active exhaust standard equipment, and bundles a new 1,000watt audio system with some. Just stating hes hit 180mph on a private road course was a laugher. The ford gt has a formfollowsfunction kind of shape, because, uniquely, its been designed as a road car and a racing car. Finally, after 10 years ford managed to get the mustang gt 5.
The lack of practicality struck us when we first drove it briefly on a track, and two. The 2020 ford mustang shelby gt500 is a forgettable car. At the 2002 north american international auto show, ford unveiled a new gt40 concept car. The ford gt is an amazing car and so much fun to drive special thanks to. From interstate cruising, to rush hour traffic, to carving up mountain roads like i am now, ive spent several hours behind the wheel of the ford gt, and i cant find a weak spot in its game anywhere. If you dont check a single option box, you can pick up a gt 5. Ford mustang gt manual road test how does ford s most driver focused mustang stack up. The latest tool that maher and andy vrenko, vehicle dynamics engineer. Misc scans of ford test drives and articles found in magazines. At days end, the cars handler simply topped off the tank, tossed the keys to a driver, and told him to have a nice trip. With a droolworthy design and otherworldly performance, the 2020 gt is one of the most exclusive, expensive, and extraordinary cars that ford has ever built. Lap after lap, hour after hour, drivers at le mans negotiate tight corners and.
Superformance gt40 and cobra movie car test drive from ford v ferrari. Nov, 2017 the 2018 ford mustang continues to offer a v8, rearwheel drive, two doors, and a manual transmission. The ford gt is perhaps the closest any carmaker has ever come to making a race car that can be driven through actual city streets without treating its driver like a trucker treats a slice of. Testing out the superformance ford gt40, which was featured in ford v. Just like that, fords whitestriped, 200mph le mansinspired masterpiece rumbled out of the apg gates and back into the real world of leftlane bandits, instanton radar, and bad road food. Oct 16, 2017 the ford shelby gt350 is basically a race car that you can drive on the street. The 2006 ford mustang lineup probably seems more complicated than it really is. One like our test carequipped with the new digital instrument cluster, power leather seats, the latest sync infotainment system, magneride dampers, and the gt. The most powerful ford ever is as happy on a twisty track as it is on a drag strip, fox news. The 2020 ford mustang shelby gt500 is no onetrick pony. Superformance gt40 and cobra movie car test drive from ford v. Based on the 14 mile performance compared to 060 mph performance, i would expect the gt500 to also be in that 3. Jan, 2014 i got a chance to drive a 2014 ford mustang gt, before the new model erases our memory of the highly influential and successful ninth generation 2005 2014.
Although a college degree is not required to become a test car driver, you should have a strong grasp of the english language and. This generation of ford gt was built in model years 2005 and 2006. Carolla goes racing engine masters best drivers car week long road to monterey put up or shut up head 2 head diesel. Miles, whos played by christian bale, does end up in that drivers seat in the sky. New zealander bruce mclaren was the initial test track driver as the car was put. Most surprising, though, is how the 3,900pound gt can cut and dance in curves, aided by magnetic dampers and an independent rear.
Oct 29, 2019 there were about 20 cars to test on the track and road at this event. These engineer drivers known as tierfour test drivers deploy their finely. Get real time information through 2017 ford mustang gt. The ford gt began life as a concept car designed in anticipation of the automakers centennial year and as part of its drive to showcase and revive its heritage names such as mustang and thunderbird. The ford gt is a midengine twoseater sports car manufactured and marketed by american automobile manufacturer ford for the 2005 model year in conjunction with the companys 2003 centenary. Weve just tested a 2020 ford mustang shelby gt500 on a test track, and it shot to 60 mph in 3. Heres what we thought of the ford s updated mustang gt during our first drive.
Review road test on how a car feels, looks and performs on road. We, and a few hundred thousands others, are glad its still here. Ford itself did just that for the 2005 reinvention of the iconic gt40, called simply the gt the 40 referred to the racers height in inches and the newer car was over 44 inches tall. With a 647bhp twinturbocharged v6 capable of 216mph, read more. Well, jamal hameedi, fords global performance car chief engineer, says that the difference in that balance point in street mode and the lowered, full. Let the bellowing gt run free and it will pull to 7,000 rpm, arriving at 60 mph in 4.5 833 633 1225 140 465 1204 129 380 644 314 97 1379 1327 672 181 297 1419 1057 1154 864 417 635 1288 1201 946 1144 477 1351 850 1405 1433 914 1028 686 542