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Old 09-15-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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Default Blue Oval releases pic of 1970s motorsport rarity


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The story goes like this. Two gentlemen were returning home from the 1970 Monte Carlo Rally. They went by the names of Stuart Turner, Ford competitions director, and Roger Clark, a Ford works rally driver.
These two men of Speedy Things were discussing their failure at the rally, and decided what Ford really needed was a light, simple, mid-engined car with the ability to host a range of engines.


The spawn of this discussion is the cheery little yellow sportscar currently jostling for your attention above. It is the Ford GT70, and that very model is just one of six ever built. Ford drivers Hannu Mikkola and Timo Makinen put forward ideas for the interior, while one of the brains behind the GT40 helped design it.


Sadly, the arrival of the Escort and WRC rule changes made the GT70 redundant. It was put into a big box in 1973 and was only recently unpacked, undergoing a full restoration in 2002, complete with a 2.0-litre BDA engine and Hewland gearbox.


The reason for the pic? Ford is celebrating 100 years in Britain and is sifting through its picture archive. It's also nothing to do with the Frankfurt motor show. Click the link below for a bigger image.
This is a link to a bigger image of the Ford GT70
http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/f...mpaign=ongoing
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:54 AM   #2
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Sprut. Super hot.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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Cool! It's like a Ford Stratos!

I've never heard of this thing before.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:28 AM   #4
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ditto, seems many nice skeletons still lurk in closest around the automotive world.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:10 AM   #5
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Cool! It's like a Ford Stratos!

I've never heard of this thing before.
^Same thoughts here. Pretty darn cool.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:14 AM   #6
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Why dont they realize if they made this car right now with the same body and updated mechanics they would sell a crap load of them? Like a RWD miata.

Yeh yah..not practical etc but I am sure everyone thought the same thing about producing what is essentially a modern (and reliable) MG and how many Miatas have been sold?
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:09 AM   #7
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Why do i want a sprite right now?
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:17 AM   #8
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Why dont they realize if they made this car right now with the same body and updated mechanics they would sell a crap load of them? Like a RWD miata.

Yeh yah..not practical etc but I am sure everyone thought the same thing about producing what is essentially a modern (and reliable) MG and how many Miatas have been sold?
I'm trying to think of other mid-engined cars from Ford...

GT40/GT

Anyone else?

Sure, making a small lightweight mid engined 2-seater car would be cool, and I'm sure that Ford has the resources... but I would leave it up to Factory Five to make the 'kit'.

Now, take this body, put it over the new 818... THAT is what I'd love to see.

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Old 09-16-2011, 06:03 PM   #9
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I'm trying to think of other mid-engined cars from Ford...
Another great Ford Mid-engined rocket:




RS200 FTW!

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Old 09-16-2011, 08:50 PM   #10
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Another great Ford Mid-engined rocket:




RS200 FTW!
there are a couple rs200 rally cars for sale in vegas at the imperial palace casino. they were like 200k!!
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:22 PM   #11
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So where are the other 5?
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Old 09-17-2011, 02:12 AM   #12
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Mustang 1:


With mid engine V4
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:55 AM   #13
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heres the rs200 link at imperial palace. there car collection is crazy! http://autocollections.com/index.cfm...car,year&sr=30
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:49 PM   #14
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That shot really shows off where they pulled that structure from.

The windscreen, doors, side windows, dash, door cards, tail-lights, all sorts of things were pulled from the Sierra, with custom front and aft ends. Still a very striking car.

Evidently, even with the engine behind the driver, the transmission was in the front end, driving the front wheels, and sending a third driveshaft back to the rear axle, as well.

Kind of a backwards-running R35 GT-R sort of thing, kind of like Subaru and Porsche Carrera 4 are backwards from each other.
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