Video of the Day: What happened to the Ford GT90?

A 253 mph Supercar from Ford was supposed to be the heir apparent to the GT40

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In 1995 at the Detroit Auto Show, the GT90 made its debut. The prototype, built in just 6 months would be Ford’s entry into the supercar market as the next generation GT40.

The numbers were impressive. Drivetribe, out of the UK laments the car never being built. Instead we got the first generation GT.

The GT90 boasted a 48-valve 5.9 liter V12 aluminium block and head, making an estimated 720 hp at 660 lb ft of torque. The car featured a forced induction system that used four turbochargers. It was built on an aluminum monocoque and carbon fiber body panels.

While the world would get the Bugatti Veyron, Ford could have almost easily won the battle of the supercar with the GT90. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The newest incarnation of the GT definitely flies with the eagles, bu oh my, what could have been.

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Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the ClassicCars.com Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.

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  1. Oh, Thomas, you put another spike in my heart. I have two of Maitso’s 1:18 scale versions of the GT90. To my jaded eye, the proportions, surfacing, and hints of past Ford muscle make this the best and most sinister supercar, ever. No Japanese teens on meth cartoonish “face”, no exaggerated “sculpting”, no ridiculous “look what we can do” lighting. Simple, subtle (as a jackhammer at midnight), and purposeful in stark white/Ford blue wheels, just a winner all the way ’round.
    I suspect Ford could build this now, using a twin turbo version of their Shelby flat crank Voodoo engine and a true, modern 7speed manual, call it “Pantera 2”, and they’d be sold out before the first one was completed. Imagine this in black over black, with the Pantera white/blue “Isis” emblems…
    Sigh. What could have been.

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