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Written by independent automotive journalist Nicole Ellan James

2020 Ford GT Carbon Series will be selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Palm Beach Auction.

 

Ford. Ferrari. Le Mans. Shelby. We all know how the Ford GT40 came to be. But far less known or celebrated is the story behind the most recent iteration of the Ford GT supercar.

A few years ago during SAE International’s WCX conference, Raj Nair, Fords’ head of global product development and chief technology officer, let it slip that the company originally planned to celebrate its 50th-anniversary win at Le Mans with an S550 Mustang.

Code-named “Project Silver,” the Mustang was intended to compete in the GTE PRO class at the race. But in order for it to be competitive, it needed a lot of upgrades and modifications to the point it would carry a $250,000 price tag. In addition, the top brass at Ford didn’t think Le Mans was the best fit for the Mustang.

“To be candid, I still wanted to do it,” Nair told engineers in attendance at the conference in Detroit. “I was really mad,” Nair said, adding that at the time he felt the company was “underestimating the importance of the 50th anniversary” of the historic 1-2-3 win Henry Ford II and Carroll Shelby accomplished.

“I was just determined,” Nair said, adding, “we were going to have to do it, but we were going to have to do it differently.”

The result? Nair assembled a small team to work on the ultra-top-secret car in a ultra-top-secret room at Ford’s development center in Dearborn, MI.

Named “Project Phoenix” — as it rose from the ashes of the failed Mustang program — the new Ford GT was designed from the start to be both a street car and a racing machine.

One by one, Nair brought in the top Ford executives as the GT came together, which moved the car’s development forward and ultimately led to first- and third-place finishes at the Le Mans in June 2016.

“Our plan was clear,” Nair said of the GT’s development. He added that it was a test bed for engine development and new technology that would push the boundaries of the materials used. Nair said, “We had to stretch our understanding of what was possible with aerodynamics.”

Adding to the development, a few years later the 2020 Ford GT was given a lightweight sculpted carbon-fiber body with a unique clear coat over the exposed carbon-fiber weave. It received new buttress air ducts to increase airflow by 50% and increased suspension damping to enhance handling and body control further.

In the spirit of continuous evolution, the twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine received an additional 13 horsepower accompanied by a broader torque band, revised calibration and mechanical upgrades such as gallery-cooled pistons and higher-energy ignition coils. Other highlights include larger intercoolers to keep charge air temperatures lower and the standard Akrapovič titanium exhaust.

The 1966 Ford GT40 racecar weighed 2,682-pounds; keep in mind, it was a race car, unequipped with many features we deem necessary today. The 2020 model, equipped with all the modern creature comforts we expect a road car to have, is just 3,354-pounds.

Offered during the 2022 Palm Beach Auction, this particular 2020 Ford GT, Chassis No. 40, is a limited-edition Carbon Series and will sell with No Reserve.

Power is derived from a mid-mounted 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine factory rated with 660hp. The engine is mated to a 7-speed Getrag dual-clutch automatic transmission.

It is finished in Frozen White, complemented by a Carbon Red Graphics package that features red-accented side-view mirrors and a red center stripe down the exposed single carbon-fiber stripe covered with STEK paint protection film.

The vehicle sits on a set of gloss exposed carbon-fiber wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, brought to a stop by Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes with red calipers.

This GT also has the upgraded Dark Energy leather interior, an option only available on Carbon Series cars starting with the 2020 models. The interior features an F1-inspired carbon-fiber steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara with an integrated LED rev indicator and 6-point harnesses with anchors.

This one-owner supercar has 242 actual miles and comes with its original Window Sticker, ordering kit with carbon-fiber case and other original documents.

 

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: RACING INTO THE FUTURE: The Technologically Advanced 2020 GT Carbon Series Pays Tribute To Ford’s Le Mans History
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/racing-into-the-future-2020-ford-gt-carbon-series/
Published Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2022 18:13:41 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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