2009 Matech-Ford GT1
The new Ford GT1 reflects in true fashion the spirit of its historic predecessor, the legendary GT40 of the 1960s. Having returned to motorsport in the GT3 class in 2007, the Ford GT will represent this heritage at the pinnacle of GT racing from 2009 as a GT1 car.
Based on one of the most powerful V8 engines in Ford’s modular engine family, the Ford GT1 Cammer 5.0L engine produces 600 bhp and 640 Nm of torque. Both figures are very impressive even when compared to those of the 7-litre engine that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 and 1967. Owing to an 8 single butterfly inlet manifold, the output of the latest GT1 car’s engine has been increased by 50 bhp when compared to the GT3 version.
Matech Concepts has proven the Ford GT’s value in winning the 2008 FIA GT3 European Teams Championship. It is now time to enter the next level: Matech Concepts is anticipating a new era in GT racing with the Ford GT1.
The Ford GT1, developed by Matech Concepts, will be the first of the new-generation GT1 cars to be entered in the FIA GT Championship on a full-season basis.
Two cars will be entered in 2009, the first by Matech GT Racing, and the second by Belgian team Marc VDS Racing. As well as being eligible for GT1 Championship points, a separate classification will allow the winning ‘2010 Generation car’ to come to the podium and press conference at each round.
Following intense development works accomplished during the recent winter months Matech Concepts is about to present its new project to the public. The new generation Ford GT1, built according to the new GT 2010 regulations, is to be unveiled at the FIA-GT Media & Test Days to be held on the High Tech Test Track Paul-Ricard of April 6th and 7th, 2009.
By doing so, and after 2 years of successful FIA-GT3 engagement, Matech Concepts is now stepping up into the queen of GT racing series. 2008 saw the still very young Swiss racing team achieving its foremost success so far by being awarded the GT3 European Teams Champion title. The worthy successor of the legendary GT40 of the 60’s is expected to bring some fresh fury into the GT1 category as of 2009 already.
The official race debut of the Ford GT1 is to coincide with the kick-off of the FIA-GT season on May 3rd in Silverstone where a Matech livered Ford GT will be competing side-by-side with the first ever delivered new generation customer Ford GT1. Further teams are already getting seriously interested.
“We consider 2009 as a development year to gather as much knowledge as possible before the launch of the FIA-GT World Championship in 2010, but based on last year’s successful GT3 experience we feel extremely confident about the car’s competitiveness right from the start of the season” Martin Bartek, the man in charge of Matech GT Racing, commented.
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|submitted by||Official Galleries|
|built at||Geneva, Switzerland|
|engine||Ford Racing 5.0L Cammer V8|
|displacement||5552 cc / 338.80 in³|
|power||447.4 kw / 600 bhp @ 7700 rpm|
|specific output||108.07 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||489.4 bhp per tonne|
|torque||640 nm / 472.0 ft lbs @ 6100 rpm|
|body / frame||Carbon Fiber Body w/Aluminum Roof over Aluminum Spaceframe|
|wheel type||BBS Monobloc forged aluminium|
|front tires||Carbon Fiber Discs w/AP Racing 6-Piston Monobloc Calipers|
|rear tires||Carbon Fiber Discs w/AP Racing 6-Piston Monobloc Calipers|
|front brakes||Michelin 30/65-18|
|rear brakes||Michelin 31/71-18|
|front wheels||F 380 x -1.0 cm / 149.6 x -1.0 in|
|rear wheels||R 355 x -1.0 cm / 139.8 x -1.0 in|
|f suspension||Double Wishbones w/Coil-over-4-Way Adj Dampers|
|r suspension||Double Wishbones w/Coil-over-4-Way Adj Dampers|
|curb weight||1226 kg / 2700 lbs|
|wheelbase||2768 mm / 109.0 in|
|length||4780 mm / 188.2 in|
|width||2100 mm / 82.7 in|
|height||1070 mm / 42.1 in|
|transmission||Hewland 6-speed sequential|
|tran clutch||Tilton triple-plate racing clutch|
|key drivers||Romain Grosjean, Thomas Mutsch, Cyndie Allemann, Natacha Gachnang, Markus Palttala, Renaud Kuppens, Bas Leinders, Maxime Martin|
Auction Sales History
1 of 4 GT1 Race Cars in the world. Roush-Yates 5.3 V-8 race engine mapped for 102 octane unleaded fuel. 650 HP power output at 7400 RPM, torque output 531 ft/lbs at 5800 RPM. X-Trac 6-speed sequential gearbox with adjustable differential slip. Dynamics adjustable dampers front and rear suspension. 380mm carbon front discs with AP racing monobloc 6-piston calipers. 355mm carbon rear discs with AP racing monobloc 6-piston calipers. BBS forged aluminum 18×12″ front and 18x 13″ rear wheels. Michelin 30/65-18 front and 31/71-18 rear tires. Full carbon fiber bodywork
– Race tracks include The Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Portugal, Silver Stone, Argentina, Brazil and a win in Beijing, China. Ran the entire FIA GT1 series. Likely to never race in GT1 again. The other 3 cars are in collections. Sold on bill of sale.
Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auctions