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  Ford Tungsten GT
 

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2006
Introduced at:2005 New York International Auto Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:April 04, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionHere they come, lights blazing through the rain that darkens the late afternoon French sky this 19th day of June in 1966. Three Ford GT40 Mk II racecars take the checkered flag in photo formation after 24 hours of gruelling competition at Le Mans. History has been made. Ford has bested Ferrari - and everyone else for that matter. In fact, Ford has not just bested the field, but rather has won impressively with a stunning 1-2-3 finish. 2006 marks the 40th anniversary of that historic event, the start of Ford's remarkable four-year winning streak of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A special limited-edition exterior color, Tungsten Silver, is being offered on the 2006 Ford GT to commemorate that sterling victory. But Ford isn't just celebrating its past. Instead, the company looks forward, building on its heritage with its Special Vehicle Team enhancing the performance of Ford products now and into the future.

In the 1960s, to establish the company as a force to be reckoned with on the world stage, Henry Ford II challenged his team to compete against the world's best in the world's most important endurance race. He called on the company to rally around the effort and enlisted Carroll Shelby to campaign the Ford cars at Le Mans. Nearly four decades after that initial Le Mans victory, Bill Ford issued a similar rallying cry to the company. But this time Ford would take on the world's best not on the racetrack but on the street. With the 2005 Ford GT, the company demonstrated it could deliver world's-best performance at a price well below the typical exotic car stratosphere.

A quarter century after the Le Mans sweep, Ford established its Special Vehicle Team to produce high-performance versions of Ford vehicles. SVT's reputation for exceptional performance was quickly established by the likes of the SVT F-150 Lightning, SVT Focus, SVT Contour and SVT Mustang Cobra. The team's engineering experience and passion for performance proved essential in developing and delivering the Ford GT supercar to market.

The Ford GT was unveiled as a concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2002. It was the centerpiece of Ford's aggressive product onslaught in answer to a challenging period for the company. Weeks later, Ford Chairman Bill Ford announced that the Ford GT would go into production, and he challenged the team to have the first three production cars ready not in the usual four or five-year timeframe, but for the Ford Centennial celebration scheduled just 15 months later.

Just a few months after the car's introduction, Car & Driver magazine in its January 2004 cover story "Judgment Day!" clocked the Ford GT's 0-60 mile-per-hour acceleration at 3.3 seconds and quarter-mile performance at 11.6 seconds at 128 mph. In the same test, Ferrari's $193,000 Challenge Stradale took four seconds to reach 60 mph and was 0.8 seconds and 13 mph slower through the quarter-mile. Other tests, even with much more expensive exotic sports cars, have shown similar results.

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Ford's first win at Le Mans, the 2006 Ford GT will be offered in a limited-edition Tungsten Silver, which replaces Quick Silver on the Ford GT's color palette. A Quick Silver racing stripe can be added to the Tungsten Silver package.

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