Seeing a Ford GT40 is already rather rare. But seeing one confront her descendant is even more so. Yet this is what you will be able to admire in this video.
A Ford GT40 road is a rare sight. But of all the classic GT40s still alive, the Mark III GT40 is one of the rarest in the world. Only seven examples were built and of these, only four have the steering wheel on the left side of the cabin. One of these four belongs to the Petersen Automotive Museum. In this latest video from the museum’s YouTube channel, this ultra-rare GT40 stepped out to stretch its connecting rods during a drag race. The opponent ? Doug DeMuro’s 2005 Ford GT, and he’ll be driving the sports car during the race.
Yes the game was unfair and you probably know the outcome even without watching the video. But the spectacle is worth the detour. The Ford GT40 Mark III is powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine that develops 306 horsepower and paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. Not so much technology on this car, but its main advantage over the younger version is its weight: 360 kg less.
The 2005 Ford GT is powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 producing over 600 horsepower. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission. Obviously, the power gap is to its advantage, although it’s important to point out that DeMuro is quite nervous about racing against a classic car that costs around $ 2.5 million.
Once again, you know the result, but we think this show bringing together two monuments of automotive history is worth watching. In fact, this rare opportunity is as rare as the car itself.
The last time we saw this kind of car driving was when we saw the movie “Le Mans 66”. But this time it’s real life … and it’s even more exciting for any car enthusiast that we are.