Presented by Barrett-Jackson Auction Company – Appropriately introduced in Detroit at the January 2015 North American Auto Show, the latest Ford GT was a shock to the senses of most onlookers in many respects. Developed by Ford Motor Company engineers in parallel with Multimatic, the road-going Ford GT is essentially a thinly disguised FIA LM GTE-class racing car, albeit one with startling luxury, comfort and provision for a license plate. In fact, in terms of development priorities, the GT was designed first for competition and civilized – barely – for the street. The road-legal GT made its European debut in late 2017 at Frankfurt, with competition cars having already won class at Le Mans in 2016, the site of Ford’s stunning triumph there 50 years before.
A stunning tour de force of design and engineering prowess, the bristles with modern high-tech materials, cutting-edge construction techniques and built-in aerodynamic features throughout. Manufacture of the road models is carried out by Multimatic at its new, purpose-built low-volume production facility in Markham, Ontario, near Toronto in Canada. There, the first Ford GT road car was completed on December 16, 2016, an occasion rightly celebrated with top Ford Motor Company brass in attendance.
Based on a track-worthy carbon-fiber monocoque and lightweight aluminum structures at its core, the GT is surprisingly compact with bodywork designed for minimal frontal area, low aerodynamic drag, and maximum downforce at speed. Standing just 43.7 inches tall, it becomes two inches lower when Track Mode is selected. Suspension is via competition-style pushrod-actuated dampers, and sections of an FIA-legal roll cage are neatly integrated into the GT’s roof structure. Exuding a teardrop shape when viewed from above, the GT’s main bodywork tapers sharply to the rear and built-in features deliver astounding downforce at speed. Flying buttresses aft of the passenger compartment direct cool air into the engine intakes and pontoon-style rear fenders are in the mold of current track-only Le Mans prototypes.
Drawing from actual Ford production-car technology, the GT is powered by a mid-mounted 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine developing 647 horsepower – 183 horses per liter and 550 ft/lbs of torque. Harnessed by a Getrag 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission/rear transaxle, the GT explodes from rest to 60 mph under 3.0 seconds, up to a stunning 216-mph terminal velocity. Hydraulic steering gear provides precise directional control, extremely lightweight carbon-fiber wheels slash unsprung weight to a minimum and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide competition-grade stopping power. Once switched into Race Mode for track duty, the GT delivers sharper response to throttle inputs, less-sensitive traction and stability control programming, lowered ride height, stiffer underpinnings, firmer gearchanges and deployment of the rear spoiler, rendering the GT ready to attack any racing circuit on command.
Finished in Liquid Red Tri-Coat paint with a Dark Energy interior, this 2019 Ford GT is an amazing one-owner example with just 21 actual miles at the time of writing. The purposeful, yet startlingly luxurious interior of this GT features an F1-inspired steering wheel, wrapped in Ebony Alcantara, with paddle-shift levers and myriad control buttons, dials and switches all placed at the driver’s fingertips to control the car’s various systems. Other choice features and amenities include an LED rev counter, launch control, tilt/telescopic steering column and 6.5-inch touchscreen with navigation, Bluetooth and Sync 3 infotainment system. Other amazing highlights include brilliant LED headlamps, a ventilated polycarbonate rear engine hatch and high-mounted center exhaust outlets. As if its incredible race-derived specifications are not enough, this GT features over $50,000 in its array of factory options, including 6-point safety-harness anchors, alloy over-top stripes, the carbon-fiber exterior accent package, a fitted car cover and 20-inch, gloss-exposed lightweight carbon-fiber wheels. All factory-issued documents – including the Window Sticker, build book and other highly desirable items ‒ are included with the offering of this stellar, virtually new 2019 Ford GT.
Additionally, this collector-grade 2019 Ford GT is offered complete with a tandem-axle aluminum motorsports trailer custom-built by InTech Trailers in Nappanee, Indiana. Showcasing every feature necessary to securely haul your new 2019 Ford GT home or to and from shows and track events, this InTech trailer is equipped with a fifth-wheel attachment point, front landing gear, built-in spare wheel/tire and electrical compartments, a drawbridge-style rear loading ramp, fold-out side panel with gas struts, a side access door and vehicle tie-down system. A tool cabinet and roof-mounted cupboards are installed up front to contain the necessary items to maintain your GT and provide ample storage space for refreshments while you’re on the move to your next event.
This 2019 Ford GT with be selling with No Reserve during the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19.