March 2, 2004
2005 Ford GT to produce 550 horsepower
Dearborn, Michigan – Final certification testing of the 2005 Ford GT’s powertrain shows that the car’s 5.4-litre DOHC supercharged V8 is producing an average of 550 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque – 50 more horsepower than preliminary estimates, said the company.
“With more than 100 horsepower per litre, the performance potential of the Ford GT is incredible,” said John Coletti, Director, Ford SVT programs.
For its January 2004 cover story, “Judgment Day!” Car & Driver magazine clocked the Ford GT’s 0-60 mph acceleration at 3.3 seconds, and it crossed a quarter-mile in 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.
The Ford GT is built around an exceptionally stiff but lightweight aluminum space frame and the suspension is a double-wishbone design with coil-over monotube dampers. Aluminum is also used for the body panels. Other lightweight materials, including carbon fibre and magnesium, are used throughout the vehicle. The brakes are equally sophisticated, featuring four-piston Brembo calipers that grip massive 14-inch front and 13.2-inch rear cross-drilled and vented rotors. The gearbox is a rear-mounted Ricardo six-speed manual transaxle.
Ford recently announced that the winning golfer’s prize package at the Ford Championship at Doral will now include the all-new Ford GT. Valued at more than U.S.$140,000, the Ford GT supercar will be the most valuable automobile prize in the history of the PGA Tour.
The 2005 Ford GT’s 5.4-litre V8 will be built at Ford’s Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, Michigan. The vehicle will be assembled at Ford’s Wixom Assembly Plant in Wixom, Michigan. Production will begin this summer with deliveries to dealerships beginning shortly after that.
The Ford GT’s MSRP of U.S.$139,995 excludes optional equipment, destination and delivery charges, applicable taxes, and title, license and registration fees. Transaction prices are determined by authorized Ford dealers.