So you missed your chance to get your hands on a new Ford GT in the 2000s, and you’ve been keeping your eyes peeled for an opportunity to get one. You may be in luck, as Michigan-based GT1 bought the last 30 unfinished chassis of the collectable supercar, and plans to resume production of the coupe in the coming months. The new company will add several modifications, including nearly tripling the engine’s output.
GT1 2005 Ford GT: Details
GT1 revealed that the final 30 chassis of the 2005 GT were kept in storage for the past 15 years. However, having the chassis is just one piece of the puzzle, and the company also got ahold of the original molds from Matech Concepts, which raced the GT in the GT3 and GT1 categories in the late 2000s. GT1 uses these molds to create a carbon fiber body close to the GT’s lines while incorporating several aerodynamic improvements, including an adjustable body kit, to improve downforce while keeping drag at bay.
But, more is getting put into the GT1 Ford GT formula. Ford didn’t have any leftover engines, so GT1 teamed up with Roush to develop a 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) V8 fitted with a pair of Garrett G35 turbochargers. Car enthusiasts know that’s a formula for immense power. The eight-cylinder sends over 1,500 horsepower to the rear wheels. By comparison, the 2005 GT was powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 rated at 550 horsepower.
Wishful thinking here: we’d love to see the GT1 go head-to-head with the extremely rare and extremely radical Ford GT Mk II track supercar.
While Ford isn’t officially involved in the project, GT1’s team includes three former Ford engineers, and Ford engineers have also provided advice. The company has generally been supportive of GT1’s efforts to reimagine the GT. Enthusiasts looking to add a modern-day GT to their collection can reserve one of the 30 examples. Pricing information has yet to be finalized, but it’s likely to be over $1 million. GT1 noted that each car would be serialized, and buyers would have several customization options to choose from. Additionally, GT1 envisions its reborn GT primarily as a track car, but it may be possible to register it in some states.