RE: Ford plots new GT announcement at Goodwood

RE: Ford plots new GT announcement at Goodwood

Friday 21st June

Ford plots new GT announcement at Goodwood

Ford Performance is apparently primed to unveil a new variant of the GT at next month's Festival of Speed



Ford has chosen Goodwood to unveil what we assume is a track-focused variant of the current GT. The new car has been previewed by a teaser pic, and confirmation that the boss of Ford Performance will deliver a special "Ford GT announcement" at a dedicated press conference on the first morning of the 2019 Festival of Speed.

Hermann Salenbauch will be accompanied by the chief technical officer of Multimatic - the firm responsible for actually building the car - which suggests that Ford is poised to deliver news of a production model rather than an addition to its race programme, given the manufacturer has already confirmed withdrawal of its support for the GTE-Pro class after a four-year campaign.


That said, the profile of the new model, which clearly sports a dramatic fixed rear wing and what looks like a roof scoop, bears strong resemblance to the factory-supported Ford Chip Ganassi Racing car - suggesting that its maker has significantly turned up the wick on what was already an extravagantly gifted track car. Interestingly, Ford has not ruled out entering the new WEC hypercar class in 2020/21, and has previously suggested that a category for lookalike prototypes might suit the GT.

Elsewhere, Ford has confirmed that both the Focus ST and the all-new 760hp Mustang Shelby GT500 will be making their UK debut at FoS, alongside Ken Block's Hoonitruck and Escort RS Cosworth, Vaughn Gittin Jnr's Ford Mustang RTR Drift car and the Ford Fiesta WRC car, which will appear on the Goodwood rally stage.

Oh and the #66 Ford GT race car, fresh from Le Mans, will appear as well, which ought to offer a neat side-by-side comparison with whatever the manufacturer has cooking. Another good reason to make your way to West Sussex next month.


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Arsecati

Original Poster:

267 posts

61 months

Friday 21st June
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Good job Nic: you've been getting a slating of late, so credit where its due. wink

Joe5y

1,147 posts

127 months

Friday 21st June
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So people are still awaiting their cars having been "accepted" to purchase one yet a newer model is being announced.

Ouch!

David87

5,262 posts

156 months

Friday 21st June
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Joe5y said:
So people are still awaiting their cars having been "accepted" to purchase one yet a newer model is being announced.

Ouch!
I presume this is not going to be road-legal, so it’s more a problem of having to buy another one to go alongside the road car. hehe

dino_jr

172 posts

120 months

Friday 21st June
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Wonder how big the fuel tank will be rolleyes

A FM Langheck

825 posts

73 months

Friday 21st June
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Are the sandbags available as an option??

lee_erm

800 posts

137 months

Friday 21st June
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A FM Langheck said:
Are the sandbags available as an option??
These comments make me chuckle. The same could be said for Mercedes and Audi factory teams, yet these comments are never leveled at them.

Jon_S_Rally

514 posts

32 months

Friday 21st June
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Looking forward to this. Worked at MM during the development of this car and it was a lovely thing, in both road and race form. One of the best looking super cars around.

unsprung

3,320 posts

68 months

Friday 21st June
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Given the impending reveal (18th July) of the C8 Corvette, perhaps Ford are looking to remain competitive in the supercar news cycle, as it were. With some novelty messaging of their own.


Big Robbo

170 posts

90 months

Wednesday 26th June
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Can't wait to see it at FoS