The 2020 Ford GT

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HISTORY OF THE FORD GT INSPIRED BY THE FORD GT40


True car collectors know it very well, the history of a car brand is full of well-kept secrets! Certain inventions will often give birth to a series of other cars which will be inspired by the same model. Speaking of which, your Ford of Branford dealership, located at 301 East Main Street, Branford, CT  06405, possesses a vast knowledge of all Ford vehicles, notably the Ford GT which was inspired by the Ford GT40. Its name "GT" refers to sports racing (Grand Touring) and its number 40 specifies the height of its body in inches. Let us quickly go over the origins of this exceptional range of vehicles and let its history surprise you.

Ford of Branford was selected to be the delivering dealership due to the fact that our Ford Certified Master Technician Michael Gargano has extensive experience in servicing and maintaining the GT.


The Ford GT40, a Car Made for Champions

Built between 1964 and 1969, the Ford GT40 is a sports car specifically conceived for racing. This collectible is extremely rare! Only 126 of them have been built at the Slough factory in Great Britain. This famous car has left an indelible mark on history thanks to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. It has won prizes on four successive occasions to be exact! It is thanks to Henry Ford II that this magnificent creation was born. Indeed, when Ford learns that Ferrari wants to find a buyer to acquire its company that is in financial hardship at the time, he decides to start making colossal investments to audit Ferrari and see whether he can take over. However, Ferrari withdraws from negotiations at the last minute, which will infuriate Henry Ford II, who will then do everything in his will to build the best possible car in order to refrain Ferrari from winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

From the Ford GT40 to the Ford GT

Often mistaken by analogy with the Ford GT40, the Ford GT was built on a larger scale from 2004-2006 with a total of 4038 copies of this model. Moreover, the maker of this beauty recently decided to build a few more to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Ford GT40. This sporty collection vehicle has known great success despite its rather expensive price that can easily reach more than $500,000. However, without diving into this range of high numbers, rest assured that your Ford of Branford dealership, knows precisely all particularities of its Ford models. Its team of experts will know how to guide you and give you professional advice so you feel safer and more knowledgeable when the time comes to buy your Ford car.  In fact, Ford of Branford was specifically selected for delivery of this very exclusive vehicle because of our Ford Certified Master Technician Michael Gargano who has extensive experience servicing and maintaining the Ford GT.

Ford Performance announced upgrades to the Ford GT supercar for 2020, including increased engine power to 660 horsepower and improved cooling.

Much of the 2020 Ford GT's advancements are a result of Ford's continuous technological innovation, especially GT's 3.5-liter EcoBoost® twin-turbo V6.

"Ford GT continues to be the pinnacle of Ford performance," said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. "GT is always the ultimate expression of Ford racing innovation, and as we know from the 1966 Le Mans through today, that means constantly raising our game for our customers as well as earning the checkered flag."

Continuous EcoBoost Innovation

Beyond 13 additional horsepower compared to 2017-19 GT supercars, the 2020 GT's EcoBoost engine features a broader torque band and revised engine calibration plus mechanical upgrades that include gallery-cooled pistons and higher-energy ignition coils, thanks to lessons learned from the limited-edition, track-only GT Mk II.

Additional engine cooling and airflow updates includes new buttress air ducts designed to increase air flow by 50 percent while larger intercoolers keep charge air temperatures cooler, preserving peak power for the most strenuous, high-temperature sessions at the track. Suspension damping is increased in track mode to further enhance handling and body control, particularly for those high-speed transient sections of closed-course circuits.

New Standard Akrapovič titanium exhaust

Ford Performance is also introducing the premium Akrapovič titanium exhaust as standard equipment for GT. Boasting the signature craftsmanship of these renowned race experts, this exhaust provides a nine-pound weight savings over the previous system while featuring that deeply resonant, unmistakable sound emanating from the more powerful EcoBoost engine.

Liquid Carbon

Newly available Ford GT Liquid Carbon places an emphasis on GT's lightweight sculpted carbon fiber body completely free of paint color. A special clearcoat punctuates each GT's unique carbon fiber weave in this limited-edition appearance option.

"This next chapter in the Ford GT story allows us to fully demonstrate our mastery in both the art and science of carbon fiber craftsmanship and finishing," said Angus Smith, General Manager of Multimatic Niche Vehicles, North America. "The results of this ongoing partnership between Multimatic and Ford Performance speak for themselves, as each visually stunning and unique Liquid Carbon GT is a manufacturing marvel, showcasing the characteristics and nuances inherent in carbon fiber composites."

Ford GT Liquid Carbon features carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment. Owners can choose titanium lug nuts, six-point racing harness anchors, five interior options and five caliper colors. Further personalization is available through two over-the-top stripe options - the dual center stripes offered on the standard Ford GT or the single stripe found on the Carbon Series as well as optional painted mirror caps. Stripes and mirror caps are available in any of the seven standard paint colors as well as the extended color palette. For the first time, these features can be ordered independently of one another.



Updated Gulf Racing Heritage Livery

Ford Performance is also updating GT's iconic heritage livery with a new design that includes a black pinstripe to divide the distinct blue and orange colors, recalling the 1968-69 Le Mans-winning GT40. The optional carbon fiber number switches from 9 on the 2019 model to 6 for 2020, matching that of the historic back-to-back winning car, chassis No. 1075. For the first time on a heritage model, carbon fiber wheels are available in lieu of aluminum alloy.

"Our team is very focused on delivering a car that exceeds customer expectations," said Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager. "The black pinstripe and carbon fiber wheels have been highly requested with the Gulf livery, so we committed to making that happen."

Only 141 cars were made in the first year; production then grew to 250 a year. Of the four or five vehicles a week Multimatic churns out, one can be a special model. Ford will continue to make road versions of the GT through the 2022 model year, or until production of the allotted 1,350 cars is complete.  Deliveries of the upgraded 2020 Ford GT are ongoing, with production wrapping up in 2022. 

Needless to say, the Ford GT has inspired many other models from this brand so do not hesitate to come check out Ford of Branford located at 301 East Main Street, Branford, CT  06405. Product Specialists will be there to help you Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 8pm, Friday from 8:30am to 6pm as well as Saturday from 8:30am to 5pm.


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