The team designed and built a prototype GT40 at the Lola Cars factory in Bromley, England. The project moved to Slough, England at the end of 1963 as Ford formed a new subsidiary entitled "Ford Advanced Vehicles Ltd".
The Ford GT40 participated in its first race in May 1964 at the Nürburgring 1000km race. It retired from the race after a suspension failure whilst obtaining an early second place position during the race.
Three 7-litre V8 Mark II Ford GT40 racing cars finished 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
The production models were first introduced in 1964 at the cost of $17,000. At the time the GT40 was the most expensive vehicle on sale that was manufactured by Ford.
Need for Speed: World
The GT40 boasts fast acceleration and precise handling coupled with sufficient traction. It is capable of exiting corners without oversteer and counts as one of the best handling C and B class cars. It has a weak nitrous boost and a top speed of 162 mph (261 km/h).
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|The Yellow style is an Amerikon Speedsystems performance tuned speedboost car that costs 3000. It was made available on February 28, 2012, although it was offered without any performance parts until August 21, 2012.
|The Blue style is a rotationally available stock cash car that costs 675,000, and was initially released on August 21, 2012.
On May 1, 2015, its price was lowered from 900,000 as part of the End of the World event.
Shift 2: Unleashed
The Ford GT40 appears in Shift 2: Unleashed as part of the downloadable Legends Pack released on April 14, 2011 for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 releases.
The car featured is the original 1965 Mk I racing model fitted with a 4.7-litre V8 and is classed as a Legend 60's GT with a $0 price tag. It has a C 905 performance rating and a 3.59 handling rating.