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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Published Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2023 16:03:00 +0000


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