Vintage & Classics

Ford GT and Sports Car Project put  the first 'F' in 'Ford vs. Ferrari'

As the story goes, Ford Motor Company spent millions going down the path of acquiring Ferrari in 1963 only to be abruptly stopped by Enzo Ferrari, who was allegedly upset that the deal would mean that he wouldn't be able to race at the Indianapolis 500.

The merger was off but the heat was on. Ford wanted to build a car to compete with Ferrari on the world endurance-racing circuit. It took a few years, but eventually it happened.

On April 8 on Twitter, Ted Ryan, brand manager and archivist for Ford Motor Company, shared images of the original renderings for the street and race version of what would become the Ford GT40 from the program book printed on June 12, 1963. Scroll down to see full-size versions of the photos.

The project would evolve into the model that would gain fame beating Ferrari in the 1966 Daytona 24 Hours race and nabbed the top three spots to form the famous finishing photo at the 24 Hours of LeMans later that year.

Ford GT and Sports Car Project 1963This is the cover of the confidential Ford GT and Sports Car Project program book.Photo courtesy of Ted Ryan/Twitter/Ford Motor Company

Ford GT and Sports Car Project 1963This blueprint showcases the race car version of the GT40.Photo courtesy of Ted Ryan/Twitter/Ford Motor Company

Ford GT and Sports Car Project 1963This sketch of the GT40 shows a more pedestrian version of the car.Photo courtesy of Ted Ryan/Twitter/Ford Motor Company

The current Ford GT is an evolution of the original model. This year, Ford announced that the car is getting a power boost and a new carbon fiber-forward variant is being made available.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.


TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled

Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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