Few concept cars have stirred-up such a frenzy as the Ford GT90. Upon release the clamour for it to be built was immense as claims of top speeds ranging from 235 to 250-plus miles per hour were bandied about.
With a 720bhp, quad-turbo V12 to provide the oomph and a Jaguar XJ220-derived chassis the signs were that Ford might produce one of the all-time great supercars. Sadly, the car never made it beyond the concept stage and millions of fans awaiting the spiritual successor to the fabled GT40 were left disappointed.
When Motor Trend drove the car on a Ford test track and were ‘forbidden from making sharp turns for fear of over-stressing the body’ it served as confirmation that the GT90 was built for show only. That it actually ran and drove at all should be considered a bonus.
‘New Edge’ was the design philosophy employed by Ford at the time. The idea was that it created ‘surface tension by adding creases to soft aerodynamic shapes.’ It was applied to the Ka the year after the GT90 was revealed and the GRR office agrees that there is more than a hint of GT90 in the Fiesta-based supermini.
We like the GT90 because it was very ‘of its time.’ And perhaps if Ford hadn’t gone to extraordinary lengths to make a V12 by lopping the two rearward pots off two Lincoln V8s and instead focused on making the car work as a whole, they might have built an extraordinary Mclaren F1-challenging supercar.