Ford GT70

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Ford GT70
Overview
Manufacturer Ford UK
Production 1970-1973,2002
Designer Ercole Spada
Body and chassis
Class sports car
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout Mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine
  • 1.6 litres (98 in3) I4
  • 2.6 litres (160 in3) V6
Transmission 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,330 mm (91.7 in)
Length 3,890 mm (153.1 in)
Width 1,730 mm (68.1 in)
Height 1,120 mm (44.1 in)
Kerb weight 765 kg (1,687 lb)

The Ford GT70 was a limited production sports car designed by Ercole Spada, made by Ford UK in 1970 and intended for rallying. Like the Lancia Stratos, the Ford GT70 featured a mid-mounted engine with rear-wheel-drive. The GT70 was designed to use a range of engines; it initially used a 2.6-litre Cologne V6 from the Ford Capri RS2600, but this was replaced by a 1.6-litre Cosworth BDA straight-four engine later in the car's career.[1] Len Bailey, who had been the chief engineer on the Ford GT40 project, was enlisted to design the bodywork and chassis.[2]

Only six GT70s were ever built.[1] The GT70 program ended in 1973, as the Escort had been developed to the point where it was capable of winning rallies.[2] One GT70 was rebuilt in 2002, and fitted with a 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The one that got away - Driven: Ford GT70". Octane Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Ernst, Kurt (26 February 2015). "Ford's GT70 and RS200 highlight "A Checkered History" at the National Motor Museum". Hemmings Daily. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 

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