2008 Doran Ford GT
With recent European domination in the FIA’s GT2 class, Kevin Doran is now offering an all-American alternative. To take on the might of both Ferrari and Porsche, his company, Doran Enterprises, has convered the Ford GT into an all-out racecar. Called the GT-R this variant is prepared to ACO GT2 specifications which make it eligible for FIA GT, ALMS and the 24 Hours of LeMans.
Doran’s car is the third Ford GT designed for the track and trails the GT300 made in 2005 by TOM’S for the Japanese DHG championship and the Matech GT that currently dominates FIA GT3.
Doran transforms the GT-R out of his workshop in Lebanon, Ohio. It uses a naturally aspirated version of the GT’S V8 which is prepared by Roush Industries. With all the restrictors, the racecar actually makes less horsepower than the road version. The engine is mated to a 6-speed Emco transmission.
The chassis was modified to include a wider track, lower ride height and new suspension geometry. Overall bodyshape was left unchanged, but new carbon fiber panels include larger wheel arches and a deep front splitter.
Robertson Racing took delivery of the first GT-R and debuted it at the Sebring 12 Hours. Despite a lack of track testing, the car made the distance and placed 10th in class. This set the tone for the rest of the season, finishing at best 8th in class at the Detroit GP. Throughout the season they suffered a crash at Limerock and engine failure at Mosport which resulted in DNFs. Mid-season, a second car surfaced for Black Swan Racing in striking Falken Tire livery.
|(from Shelby Distribution Press Release) 2008 Shelby 85th Commemorative GT40®
In celebration of Carroll Shelby’s 85TH birthday Shelby Distribution USA under license from Shelby Licensing and in partnership with Shelby Automobiles Inc. will reproduce the three dominating Shelby American GT40® race cars that accomplished one of the greatest feats in American automotive racing history into a street legal vehicle that can be driven or simply collected. These rolling chassis will receive a Shelby Automobiles Inc. MSO and will be recorded in the Shelby Registry along with the Safir GT40 Spares LLC assigned licensed mark, identification number and registry that reflects these cars as newly manufactured variants of the original GT40®.
The GT40®’s chassis is a near-exact replication of the original race car’s monocoque unibody structure down to the pressed steel roof. The only departure is the use of electro-galvanized sheet steel in the construction. The chassis, at over 12,000 pounds per degree, is stiffer than any other chassis on the market, and is made of over 244 laser cut and bent or pressed parts.
The Shelby 85th Commemorative GT40® is built to accommodate only a Shelby branded engine. The top of the line engine includes the Shelby 427FE V8.
Original Style Suspension
The Shelby 85th Commemorative GT40® features an original style fully independent suspension system utilizing an unequal length A-arm design. The coilover system utilizes H&R springs and Bilstein shocks that are fully adjustable as well as the front and rear anti-roll bars. Ride height can be changed from 4.125 to 4.75 inches.
Incredible braking performance is achieved through vented Wilwood super light brakes. Both front and rear brakes feature 12.75” discs and 4-piston calipers. Original style 15-inch Halibrand wheels are wrapped with high performance BFGoodrich g-Force Drag Radial tires, 225/50/15 front, 275/60/15 rear.
The interior features original style seats with rivets and 4-point racing harness seat belts. A racing style dash features Smith gauges, and the pedal box, instruments, quick-release 14-inch steering wheel, and dash accurately replicate the original.
Unique 85th Commemorative Edition GT40® Features
The MKII Shelby GT40®’s will be based on the following cars. Only 85 of each color will be issued.
Car #1, Chassis P/1015: Arcadian Blue, White Stripes/Dark Blue borders, and Dayglo Red Fender Flashes
- Record sale into the Shelby Registry
Available Race Version
While the standard Shelby 85th Commemorative GT40® is as close to a race car as one can get to driving on the street, a race version is also available. This package comes with a roll bar, fuel cell and A/C delete.
About Shelby Distribution
Based in Irvine, CA, Shelby Distribution is the official distributor for Shelby continuation cars. Their product lineup includes the CSX4000 Cobra, CSX9000, and the 85th Commemorative GT40. For more information on Shelby continuation cars or to find a dealership, visit www.shelbydistributionusa.com or call 888-SHELBY-USA. The GT40® trademark is owned by Safir GT40 Spares LLC.
Acceleration 0-62 mph s: 3.8 (source: Car&Driver)
Top Speed mph (km/h): 205 (330)
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km): 13/21 (n.a.)
Ford GT Exterior Dimensions
Wheel Base (in): 106.7
Overall Length (in): 182.8
Overall Height at curb (in): 44.3
Overall Width (in): 76.9
Front Track (in): 63
Rear Track (in): 63.7
Weight Distribution (ft/rear): 43/57
Overall Shadow (sq ft): 96.8
Approach Angle (deg): 9.2
Departure Angle (deg): 14.0
Ford GT Interior Dimensions
Seating Capacity: 2
Leg Room (in): 44.6
Head Room (in): 35.4
Shoulder Room (in): 57.7
Hip Room: 57.8
Passenger Volume (cu ft): 52.8
Interior Volume Index(cu ft): 54.4
Ford GT Powertrain
Engine Type: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, supercharged V-8
Engine Displacement (L): 5.4
Bore/Stroke (mm): 90.2×105.8
Displacement (cu in/cc): 330/5409
Compression Ratio (in/mm): 8.4:1
Material: Aluminum block
Horsepower @ RPM: 550@6,500
Torque @ RPM (lb ft): 500@3,750
Horsepower Specific Output (hp/liter): 101.9
Torque Specific Output (lb ft/liter): 92.6
Recommended Fuel: 91 octane (premium)
Fuel System: Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection -(SEFI) with dual injectors per cylinder
Oil Capacity with Filter (quarts): 12
Usable Fuel Capacity (gal): 17.5
Ford GT Transaxle
Type 6-speed manual
Gear Ratios 1 – 2.61
2 – 1.71
3 – 1.23
4 – 0.94
5 – 0.77
6 – 0.63
Reverse – 3.135
Final Drive Ratio 3.36:1
Gear Synchronization 1 – Triple
2 – Triple
3 – Triple
4 – Triple
5 – Double
6 – Double
Drivetrain Layout Mid-engine, Rear-wheel drive
Front Suspension Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension Double Wishbone
Steering Type Rack-and-Pinion
Steering Ratio 17:1
Turns Lock-to-Lock 2.7
Turning Circle (Curb-to-Curb) 40 ft.
Brake System Vacuum Power Assist
Front Brakes (in) 14.0
Rear Brakes (in) 13.2
2005 Ford GT Overview
The Ford GT40 concept was first seen in Detroit at the 2002 North American International Auto Show. Ford planned to build the mid-engine supercar to celebrate the Ford’s Centennial. The response from the public to the resurrection of the record-setting winner of four consecutive Le Mans 24-Hour races in the 1960s was so intense that Ford decided put a limited run into production.
Ford has planned to build approximately 1500 annually for 2 to 3 years, depending on demand. The GT is powered by a 550-horsepower V8, mated upto a six-speed manual transmission and is capable of speeds in excess of 200mpg! The two-seater GT is an exotic car in everyway except when it comes to its price, Ford’s suggested retail price of $150,000 puts it in exclusive company.
It will stretch most drivers’ personal limits on winding mountain roads while feeling not entirely out of sorts in commuter mode.
The GT isn’t intended for weekend getaways, it doesn’t have much of a trunk.
2005 Ford GT Model Lineup
Ford has made it easy to choose a GT: there’s only one model to choose from with the same engine and transmission. Not that it is something to be worried about. The GT has a softer touch than it’s big brother – the purpose built GT40 that won Le Mans. The engine is a high-tech, supercharged, midship-mounted, 5.4-liter V8 making a truly scintillating 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
The MSRP ($139,995) buys everything and more that anybody really needs to enjoy this car the way it should be enjoyed. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 two-speaker stereo, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, power windows, seats and mirrors, abundant leather trim, keyless remote, and textured rubber floormats.
An optional McIntosh stereo ($4000) adds an eight-inch subwoofer and one-inch A-pillar speakers but still accommodating only a single CD and minus the MP3 capability. Other options: forged aluminum wheels ($3500), painted brake calipers ($750) in choice of red or gun metal gray (stock is black), and painted racing/bodyside logo stripes ($5000). Buyers looking for understatement can opt to delete the standard “Ford GT” bodyside tape stripes.
Standard safety equipment includes frontal airbags, antilock brakes, a child seat tether bracket and latch assembly on the passenger seat and a tire inflation kit in lieu of a spare tire.
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