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ZERO BOOST LAG: Supercharged and Twin Turbocharged, this 2005 Ford GT Will Put the Wind in Your Hair

Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham


The Ford GT has always been a car of extremes. The original – the famed GT40 of the 1960s – was built with one mission in mind: win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The later generations, built in 2005-06 and 2017-23, were supercars that stood head and shoulders above the legions of commuter cars trudging through everyday life, and were more than capable of carving up racetracks as well.

The middle-generation GT in particular was a shock when it was revealed in concept form at the 2002 North American International Auto Show, followed by the announcement that the GT would be going into production. The world got its first peek at the production models when Ford built three of them for the company’s 2003 centennial celebrations. “The Ford GT is the ultimate living legend,” said J. Mays, Ford vice president of design at the time. “It’s a true supercar with appeal equal to that of the greatest sports cars in the world but with the addition of a heritage no one can match.”

When the mid-engine 2005 GT arrived in Ford showrooms it set the standard for performance, with an aluminum space frame and hand-built, all-aluminum, DOHC, 32-valve supercharged 5.4-liter V8 producing 550 horsepower. The powerful engine was teamed with a purpose-built Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission. Heritage features included a clamshell engine cover, doors cut into the roof, racing-inspired toggle switches and leather-trimmed, carbon-fiber ventilated seats. In keeping with its exclusive nature, only 4,038 Ford GTs were built for the 2005-06 generation.

But there are always those who push the boundaries of even the cars that exist on the leading edge of performance. Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) in Texas is one such outpost of speed that has been elevating American high-performance cars to new levels since 1991. The Mark IV Red 2005 Ford GT Hennessey 1000 Edition selling with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s New Orleans Auction, September 28-30, is an example of their handiwork. The Hennessey GT1000 conversion fit the car with twin 67mm turbochargers used in conjunction with the factory Eaton twin-screw supercharger.

That additional boost kicks the 5.4-liter V8’s output to approximately 1,000 horsepower, with HPE’s dyno-testing showing 850 horsepower at the rear wheels, with a flat-torque curve and 699 ft/lbs of peak torque. The combination of supercharger and turbochargers results in zero boost lag for an instantaneous hit of power. The turbo plumbing is artfully integrated under the hood, as good-looking as it is purposeful. The vinyl GT1000 side stripes and rear emblems are the only external clues to the power that lies under the skin.

The Hennessey GT1000 upgrade is the only modification to the car. From the factory, this GT was a three-option vehicle: red-painted brake calipers, the McIntosh stereo system and painted white over-the-top stripes. The car has also had the Ford control arm recall, which includes sturdy billet aluminum control arms in all eight positions. The base aluminum rims were overlooked by most GT buyers and are now seldom seen. Only 7% were so-equipped.

This Ford GT Hennessey 1000 Edition is serialized with documentation that includes HPE serial plaques and emblems affixed at HPE. OEM take-off parts are included in the sale. The car has been garage-kept and covered, and has 19,985 original miles. Register to bid today for a chance to be the next owner of this double-forced-induction GT and be prepared to hit the road propelled by a mighty breeze.

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Title: ZERO BOOST LAG: Supercharged and Twin Turbocharged, this 2005 Ford GT Will Put the Wind in Your Hair
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

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Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
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Select “Dare to Dream” Auction results

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The recently held “Dare to Dream” auction in Toronto, Canada, represented a wide variety of automotive milestones, specifically for European Sportscars. Aptly described on Sotheby’s website, “They represent what could be—what will be in our eyes, the greatest.”

Collector Miles Nadal

It’s always inciteful to know a little about the face behind the collection and what his/her thoughts are on the business of acquiring automobiles. According to Nadal, he has always been a collector of types. Somewhat tangentially related to cars, his first collection was of hand tools he never used and had no intention of using, admitting he was not mechanical in any way. But he appreciated what they stood for Perfection. Engineering. Function. Those three pillars play a heavy part in his future collections, too. The tools were always pristine and presented in order. The same was applied to his following collection of keys, and then of model cars. The model cars were just a placeholder for the real cars Nadal truly desired to own someday.

After working as a sports photographer in his teen years, further exposed to the world of professional sports and the players that made the difference… the influencers… the icons, he figured out the direction of the collection he would someday start. Automotive icons. And so, we take a quick look at some of the sports car icons that were sold from the collection.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti

$3,305,000 USD | Sold

There is perhaps no better archetype of a Ferrari model than the 275 GTB/4. As one of the last Prancing Horses manufactured in the vintage era, preceding the wholesale shift to mid-rear engine placement, the GTB/4 was the product of all the lessons learned since the company’s 1947 inception. Like the greatest Ferraris that preceded it, the model was defined as a grand touring berlinetta: a closed-body dual-use GT car that could be driven to the track and raced before being gently driven back home.

Introduced in 1964, the original 275 GTB was the first roadgoing Ferrari to be equipped with four-wheel independent suspension, and the first to employ a weight-saving transaxle, which also improved weight distribution. When the GTB/4 iteration arrived two years later, it boasted dual-cam valve actuation for each cylinder bank, making it the first four-cam road car from Maranello’s stable. This prodigy of mechanical performance was clothed in coachwork designed by Pininfarina and built by racing car carrozzeria Scaglietti, featuring a long hood and fastback rear end that were obviously developed from the legendary 250 GTO.

1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS ‘Sunroof’ Coupe by Reutter

$637,500 USD | Sold

The most potent mechanical variation of the 356 was the Carrera model, which was powered by the slightly detuned, Fuhrmann-designed four-camshaft, 1,600-cubic-centimeter racing engine. Available in both “GT” race specification and “GS” touring specification, Porsche made sure that their new engine could be marketed on a platform to individuals who were looking to spend time on the track, as well as to those who were looking to drive down the Autobahn in style.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Select “Dare to Dream” Auction results
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Published Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:04:29 +0000

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