TG’s guide to concepts: the Ford GT90

Who remembers the V12, quad-turbo brute that could apparently out-drag a McLaren F1?

Several of you will keep in mind the Ford GT90 from its launching at the 1995 Detroit Motor Show. Others will remember it from one of the many, several video games it’s featured in. Yet the majority of, sadly, won’t remember it in any way. In the Ford GT history files, the GT90 is a habitually forgotten oddity. One that made rather a sprinkle when it was unveiled, but like all concepts not destined for major manufacturing, soon discolored into abject obscurity

That’s an embarassment because even some 22 years after we initially saw it, the GT90 continues to be an amazing looking, extremely appealing point. One that could be revealed at following month’s Geneva Motor Program, and live rather happily amongst the heaps of various other low-slung hypercars trying our attention. We’re fans. Large followers.


It’s a mid-engined two-seater in the mould of the original GT40s it was constructed to honour, with a quad-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 making an approximated 720hp and 660lb ft. Ford estimated 0-60mph in three seconds flat, and also a top speed someplace north of 230mph. Also today, these are ridiculous numbers.

The GT90 took six months as well as an approximated $3 million to build. Parts like the five-speed guidebook gearbox and also double-wishbone suspension were borrowed from the Jaguar XJ220 (Ford owned Jaguar at that time, bear in mind), and also it was based on an extended variation of that auto’s aluminium monocoque framework.

To make the 90-degree V12 engine, engineers essentially took two Lincoln V8s, lopped-off a pair of cyndrical tubes from each and spliced the taking place blocks with each other. It was built initially to see exactly how far engineers might press Ford’s modular engine idea. Period records recommend it produced 400hp with no sort of turbo- or turbo charging and also was first demonstrated in a Lincoln Town Cars And Truck. For the GT90, 4 Garrett T2 turbochargers were included.

Unusually for an idea, the GT90 did really job– sort of– although as far as we can tell, Ford never ever enabled the engine to be turned right the means up for worry of overstressing several of the flimsier, show-car spec’ parts …

Like the whole body. The GT90 was the very first time we had actually seen Ford’s ‘New Side’ layout philosophy (long since ignored), which materialized itself in cars and trucks like the MK1 Ka, Focus, Puma and also Cougar in the late Nineties and early-Noughties. The GT90’s body panels were carbon fiber, it had a laminated glass dome to cover the occupants as opposed to a standard roofing, as well as a looter than would certainly elevate at ‘high-speed’ (we’re specifically fond of the knock-off wheels, as well as the way the doors eat into the canpoy à la GT40).

Oh, and also its inside was finished in bright-blue leather– because Nineties.