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Monday, November 2, 2020

Ford GT70, the hero with no podium

High-performance car development projects are often carried out by world-renowned manufacturers as an effort to maintain the achievements that have been achieved in the racing arena by their previous cars. This was also done by Ford Motor Company, one of the leading American automotive manufacturers when it started making the Ford GT70 sports car with the hope of being the successor to its legendary Ford GT40 sports car.
The Ford GT70 is the Ford GT You never knew existed. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34zq2CL)
Then to make it happen, the Ford Motor Company immediately developed the car at its Brentwood-based subsidiary, Ford of Britain. And this special Ford GT70 project aims to realize a capable racing car figure that complies with the FIA standard homogenization rules so that it can compete in the World Rally Championship.
The Ford GT70 is wrapped by the BP-legendary racing livery. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3jCifbD)
As quoted from Wikipedia, the Ford GT70 project was started in 1970 and the physical form of the car was designed by Ercole Spada, an Italian designer who had worked for the famous design house Zagato. When traced from its lineage in the Ford Motor Company manufacturing environment, this race car candidate is arguably the younger brother of the Ford GT40 and is expected to be able to compete with rivals' high-speed rally cars such as the Porsche 911 and Renault Alpine.

So it is not surprising that the maker was not half-hearted when undergoing this GT70 project, where the car figure featuring a center-mounted engine with rear-wheel drive in its development also involved Len Bailey, who had been the chief engineer on the previous Ford GT40 project, was asked to help design the bodywork and chassis.
Interior view of the Ford GT70. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34zq2CL)
Initially, this car was powered by a 2.6-liter, V6 engine taken from the Capri RS2600 which is capable of spraying power up to 240 bhp. Do not stop there, the Ford GT70 is also built on a lightweight special chassis, then covered with an aerodynamic body, and also installed with some of the best racing components. Yes, it is known that the GT70s does use a fiberglass body to keep the weight light, is equipped with four 13-inches studs, and four-spoke wheels designed especially for the car by Len Bailey.

When the Ford GT70 used in the rally events, it never got its winning podium so it was considered not up to expectations because it experienced many problems such as the frame not being stiff enough, the cockpit being cramped, and its V6 engine installed inside the original car having too high a center of gravity and etc.
Initially, the Ford GT70 is uses a 2.6-liter, V6 rear-mounted engine taken from the Capri RS2600 which is capable of spraying power up to 240 bhp. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34zq2CL)
Then Ford Motor Company decided to cease the GT70 project in 1973 and more focused on empowering all of its resources in the Ford Escort platform development which was considered more promising. As a result, during the GT70 project rolled in, it was only able to produce 6 cars. And one of these GT70 cars ran by Ford of France which later swapped its V6 with a 1.6-liter Cosworth BDA straight-four engine in order to reduce the center of gravity for racing.
If We look again, it's not just the GT70 sports car, which initially was predicted as the successor to the legendary Ford GT40 breed, but ended up being a failed project. But it turns out that there is still one more failed project developed by the American manufacturer, namely one and the only Ford GT90 ever made in 1995. So actually the Ford GT breed consists of the Ford GT40, Ford GT70, Ford GT90, and finally the Ford GT that We've seen today. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | AUTOMOBILEMAG]
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