• Apr 23rd 2007 at 12:33PM
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Click the image above to see more images of the Matech Ford GT

The Ford GT may already be out of production, but it's just getting started on the European race circuit. Last month we told you that three Ford GTs were being raced by Matech, and after its first test at Dijon, Ford's most premium super car looks to be ready to compete against the best Europe has to offer. The Matech Ford GT posted a time of 1'20.611, finishing .185 behind the overall fastest tester, the Ascari KZ1-R. Driver Christophe Bouchut tabbed the GT as "easy to drive" and called the car "well built".

MyVideo has footage of the Ford GT in action at Dijon, and it looks quite at home at the track, sounding like the super car that it is. We hear the flames coming out of the exhaust of the GT during the practice run are in fact not the product of a Power Stroke diesel, so there is no reason to be alarmed.

Check out the very well-produced video of the Ford GT at Dijon after the jump.

[Source: Fiagt3.com]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone should campaign one of these in the US. This would be great in the ALMS against the F430 Ferrari.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a shame Ford didn't continue refining this wonderful car, limiting production to 2 or 3 hundred a year. Such a great car, and such potential.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i like supercar like the ford gt, the gt40 is too cool.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks for the info re the door safety requirements that killed the GT. I knew that there was a pending regulation that prevented Ford from continuing with the GT, but didn't know what it was. It would be interesting to know the scope of the regulations (ie. Is it in the US only?) and whether it suggests this is why these new cars are being built in Europe. It would seem that Roush is not restricted by the regulation, or these are race cars only and limited to the track.
      Whatever that feature is that generates those flames, I want it on my Mustang. Can't wait to see this car at night at LeMans with just the flame and the headlights. Go Ford.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's with the "leaper" on the hood?
      • 8 Years Ago
      #4 You can find more info on GT3 cars here: http://www.fiagt3.com/cars.php
      • 8 Years Ago
      This was an issue, not only of creating a limited edition rarity, but of safety regulations as well. My understanding is that one of the main reasons its production was ended was that newer regulations would have required a costly reworking of the vehicle. Oh well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      John P. --- I had the same thoughts about 250 to 300 units per year, on going. Each year being an upgrade over the last one.

      Killing this car was just one in a series of bonehead moves & blunders by the FoMoCo in my lifetime.

      Can't wait to see how they do in GT3. What is their competition anyway?
      • 8 Years Ago
      9: Yep. I know it was the plan, unfortunately.

      From what I've read about the chassis, it's state of the art in just about every way. A wonderfully designed platform that has alot of life in it. Imagine the potential for a minute with a few more years, or decades of steady refinement. It's got those kind of legs.

      The GT looked great 40 years ago, looks great today, and will probably look great in another 40.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Forget my previous posts, it seems that the site is a bit outdated, check here: http://www.fiagt3.com/newsitem.php?key=117
      • 8 Years Ago

      You are right about the saftey regulations. The main one was the minimum door sill height requirements. If they wanted to keep its shape the side windows would have been about 4 inches tall. The ruling went into effect last year, the final year of production of the GT. However, the platform was the basis for the Shelby GR-1 concept (the chrome car) which does meet crash standards already has all the development work done for and is paid off all from the production of the GT.

      Here's a link for those who might have forgotten the car: http://www.seriouswheels.com/cars/top-2005-Ford-Shelby-GR1-Concept-Aluminum-Body.htm

      It wasn't because Ford was stupid, there are reasons to alot things we find stupid we don't fully understand. My source came from a friend that at the time was an engineer at Ford but not anymore.

      • 8 Years Ago
      only 1 shot from the back, i'm a butt man damn it!
      i'll have to wait to get home and watch the vid.

      agreed 2&4.