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  Ford GT40 Concept

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2002
Introduced at:2002 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionRetro has been the magic word in the automotive industry for the past couple of years but Ford has now taken it one step further. Ford decided not to take some styling cues from the original GT40, it just copied the car and made some minor changes. The changes include new light units, slightly different side air intakes, new wheels and a different rear end.
The front fenders curve over 18-inch wheels and Goodyear white-lettered tires. In the tradition of championship racers, the doors cut into the roof. Prominent on the leading edge of the rear quarter panel are functional cooling scoops that channel fresh air to the engine. The rear wheel wells, filled with 19-inch Goodyear tires, define the rear of the car, while the accent line from the front cowl rejoins and finishes the car's profile at the integrated 'ducktail' spoiler.
As on the historic car, the composite body panels are unstressed. Instead of steel or honeycomb-composite tubes used in the 1960s, Ford's SVT Engineering group developed an all-new aluminium spaceframe as the foundation for the GT40 concept. It features four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length control arms and longitudinally mounted spring-damper units to allow for its low profile.
Braking is handled by six-piston aluminium Alcon calipers with cross-drilled and vented rotors at all four corners. When the rear canopy is opened, the rear suspension components and engine become the car's focal point. Precision-milled aluminium suspension components and attached 19-inch Goodyear tires - combined with the overwhelming presence of the V-8 powertrain - create a striking appearance and communicate the GT40 concept's performance credentials.
The GT40 concept was created to foretell and test the future of exciting Ford cars to come. As with other Living Legends concepts - including the 1999 Thunderbird concept and Forty-Nine concept - the GT40 was engineered from the beginning for production feasibility. Ford's SVT Engineering - which also created performance versions of the Focus, Mustang Cobra and F-Series Lightning - developed the chassis and powertrain. SVT Engineering worked closely with Living Legends designers to ensure the concept would live up to its performance heritage.

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