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Ford gives GT buyers a second chance

22 August, 2016

 

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If you’re like me and you got rejected with your Ford GT application (just kidding), then you’ve got a second chance!

I didn’t get rejected from buying a brand-new Ford GT, because I don’t have either the coin or the credentials. However, for those who did apply and did get rejected, Ford are giving you the opportunity to apply to own one of their latest GT supercars … again.

However, the third year of production will be for those who were on the waiting list last time as having first dibs. The fourth and final year of production will be for those who were initially rejected, as well as for new applications. 

Why would you want a Ford GT you might ask? Well, here are some specs to drool over. Instead of running a V8 engine as you might think, Ford thought they’d install a 3.5-litre V6 600hp engine with two turbos, named the ‘EcoBoost’. Using an EcoBoost engine was to reflect the direction in which the company is currently heading, using smaller displacement turbocharged engines in a bid to reduce fuel consumption and emissions — in a Ford GT? Yeah, I thought it was odd as well. 

Maybe I’ll start working on my application now for when I win the lottery this year! 

Becoming fond of Fords part two – happy times with Escorts

In part one of this Ford-flavoured trip down memory lane I recalled a sad and instructive episode when I learned my shortcomings as a car tuner, something that tainted my appreciation of Mk2 Ford Escort vans in particular. Prior to that I had a couple of other Ford entanglements of slightly more redeeming merit. There were two Mk1 Escorts I had got my hands on: a 1972 1300 XL belonging to my father and a later, end-of-line, English-assembled 1974 1100, which my partner and I bought from Panmure Motors Ford in Auckland in 1980. Both those cars were the high water mark of my relationship with the Ford Motor Co. I liked the Mk1 Escorts. They were nice, nippy, small cars, particularly the 1300, which handled really well, and had a very precise gearbox for the time.
Images of Jim Richards in the Carney Racing Williment-built Twin Cam Escort and Paul Fahey in the Alan Mann–built Escort FVA often loomed in my imagination when I was driving these Mk1 Escorts — not that I was under any illusion of comparable driving skills, but they had to be having just as much fun as I was steering the basic versions of these projectiles.

Fear and loathing the blue oval – part one

The slogan went something like ‘There’s a Ford in your future’. ‘Bugger off!’ were always the words that sprung to my mind. Ford and I have never really got on in the manner of many of my friends, so I’d say my relationship to the brand was distant. The accelerating blur of passing time has helpfully blanketed memories of a few Ford encounters which I probably wanted to forget but I have to admit, now I look at them, they are re-appearing through the mists of time. What comes to mind more readily, to quote some uncharitable wit, is that the letters Ford could stand for ‘fix or repair daily’. Still, I have to ’fess up, there were several Fords in my past.