February 20, 2002
Ford to build GT40 supercar
Ford Division President Jim O’Connor announced Ford GT40 production plans at an employee event held at Ford World Headquarters Teusday, February 19.
Dearborn, Michigan – Ford Motor Company Chairman and CEO Bill Ford announced that the company will build the mid-engined GT40 supercar to help celebrate the automaker’s 100th anniversary in 2003.
“Our revitalization plan is centered on products,” said Ford. “The company that builds and delivers the best cars and trucks wins, and we’re going to win. I can’t think of a better symbol of that winning attitude than GT40.”
The production announcement comes just 45 days after the concept car was introduced at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The GT40 is based on the race-winning GT40 race car of the mid-1960s which won the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969. Just over 100 of these historic cars were built.
The new GT40 was created by Ford’s “Living Legends” studio which also worked on the new Thunderbird, Mustang Bullitt, and the Forty-Nine concept. Though it has similar styling and proportions, the new GT40 is more than 18 inches longer and stands nearly four inches taller than the original.
Ford said that production capacity, vehicle specifications, performance numbers, pricing and the final name of the production vehicle will be revealed at a later date. The GT40 production car is likely to be a limited production exotic car with a price in excess of U.S.$100,000.