Ford GT40

Since the Ford GT40 is part of the Shelby legacy I will start posting more information on it’s history and what’s happening with it today.

Some little known facts are that the GT40 started out as an American-British endurance racing car, designed and build in England ( Mk 1, Mk 2, and Mk 3 ) and in the U.S. ( Mk IV ) powered by American performance engines.  To this day the GT40 ( Mk IV ) is still the only completely designed and built American car to win the overall LeMans title.

Some of the Specifications.


  • Ford Advanced Vehicles
  • John Wyer Automotive Engineering
  • Kar Kraft
  • Shelby American



  • 1964-1969
  • 107 made


  • Slough, Uk ( Mk 1, Mk11, Mk 111 )
  • Wixom, Michigan, U.S.A ( Mk IV )


  • Group 4 Sports Car
  • Group 6 Sports Prototype


  • 4181 cc ( 255 CID ) V-8
  • 4737 cc ( 289 CID ) V-8
  • 6997 cc ( 427 CID ) V-8
  • 4942cc ( 302 CID ) V-8


  • 4-speed manual


  • Wheelbase: 95 in.
  • Length: 160 in.
  • Width: 70 in.
  • Height: 40.5 in.
  • Curb Weight: 2,002 lb.


  • Ford P68 and Ford GT


ford gt40 in gulf blue and orange










There is a lot of print about the upcoming Ford Shelby GT350 mustang.  Some is fact and some speculation.  Here is what I’ve found.

The car will have a flat-plane crankshaft 5.2 liter V-8 producing over 500 horsepower.  The U.S. V-8 engines have the connecting rods attached to the crankshaft at a 90 degree angle.  The flat-pane usually used in European sport and racing cars evenly space all crank pins at 180 degree angles which improves performance.

There will be four exhaust tips and the aluminum hood is lower and slopes tightly around the engine for better aerodynamics. It will have independent rear suspension with continuously -variable suspension dampers that read road conditions and driver input, then adjust accordingly.  This will give the driver four driving modes: Snow/Wet, Normal, Sport and Track.  There will no longer be a Solid Rear Axle.

There will be five settings for the anti-lock braking system. There will be functional air vents carved into the aluminum front fenders and hood.  The grill-opening will be carbon based. The front and rear bumpers have been reshaped to add extra downforce.  The brakes will be Brembo with 15.5 inch rotors in the front and 15 inches in the rear. Wheels will be 19 inch alloy.  Inside the car will be Recaro seats and a flat bottomed steering wheel for easier exit of the car.

The King Cobra

I just ran across this video.  If this doesn’t excite you for what’s coming from Ford mustang and Shelby I don’t know what will.