The 1960s was a wonderful period for endurance racing that came across leading auto manufacturers such as Porsche, Ferrari, Alpine and Ford, fighting for fame on tracks in North America and Europe. Ferrari had conquered the world of GT racing by 1965 with its frivolous and powerful models, but it all came to a sudden end during 1966, when Ford made an appalling 1-2-3 triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren behind the wheel, the Ford GT40 MkII turned out to be the first American race coupe to come first at Le Mans.
After five decades of this victory, a new GT is going to hit the similar track to honor its iconic predecessor for the model year 2016. Simultaneously, Superformance, Shelby American and Safir GT40 teamed up to construct the 2016 Shelby GT40, which is derived from the original Ford GT40 MkII. This 2016 model GT40 will be released as a special edition in commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the victory of the GT40 MkII.
2016 Shelby GT40 Exterior
Similar to most carry-over coupe of Shelby, the new GT40 comes with the same external look of the 1966 model GT40 MkII. Every external element comes with the same iconic look of the original GT40 MkII, including the brawny front fenders and rounded snout, the beefed-up sides with the big cooling vents, the two shovels on the engine cover, the golden color wheels, and even the Gurney bubble over the driver side door.
The colors were reproduced with silver lines and white No.2 roundels, matching the black paint. This grouping, known as the Bruce McLaren Edition, is one among the three colors available. The other two liveries include Dan Gurney Edition, which comes in red with white lines and Ken Miles Edition in blue with white lines.
The new GT40 50th Anniversary also comes with a number of current racing components, counting Bilstein shocks with H&R coils and Wilwood brakes to offer a comfortable ride, similar to that of on the track.
Similar to the exterior, the 2016 Shelby GT40 interior is similar to that of the original also true to the original GT40 MkII, although some details have been changed. The seats in the cabin have been designed without bolsters, the center console features an unusual shape, and it appears that the air conditioning vents and the dashboard have some minor changes.
Above all, it have gained some modern amenities, too, which include:
Parking brake lever.
New air-conditioning system.
Carroll Shelby-branded floor mats.
Adjustable pedal box.
With these internal changes, the new model GT40 looks attractive, and it has the credit for maintaining the right-hand drive and right-hand shift design of the original race coupe.
2016 Shelby GT40 Engine
Like with nearly all continuation race car, the 2016 GT40 does not come equipped with a standard engine. This means that buyers have to buy the engine for their racecar separately. However, the new model comes equipped with an individually prepared engine that will match the 4.7-liter capacity engine found in the original GT40 MkII. However, it will be equipped with a more powerful engine with best components, and high-quality construction.
Accordingly, the new GT40 comes equipped with an engine with the displacement of 7.0 liters, which has been borrowed from the NASCAR-spec Ford Galaxie. However, this engine has been customized for the racetrack use to offer the utmost power of 485 ponies and an utmost torque of 475 pounds per foot at 7,400-rpm. This engine will be attached with a heavy-duty, four-velocity transmission.
Price and the release date
The 2016 Shelby GT40 release date was in the fourth quarter of 2015. The starting price of the new vehicle with the available engine will be $169,995, info from Autoblog. However don’t rise you hope without at least $220,000(Top Speed info), also you need to be fast because there is only 50 units.
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