Ken Block drives a pre-production Ford GT at Le Mans

Article by Christian A., on July 12, 2017

You would expect a lot of news about the 24 Hours Le Mans just after the event finishes. But this time, we are not going to talk about the results. Instead, we are going to talk about how Ken Block took the Ford GT out for a spin just before all the racers hit the track.

Though the Ford GT was not able to repeat its class win at last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team still managed to score a second place finish for one of the entries driving a Ford GT. Before the 24-hour long event began, Ken Block took the road-going GT around the Circuit de la Sarthe for some fun.

Block posted on Facebook that “It was a pretty amazing experience to be able to drive this circuit in the GT and have the whole thing to myself”, suggesting that he was on the track by himself, driving the pre-production example of the GT. This was also Block’s first trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Naturally, Ford would not want anyone driving a pre-production model of a very rare vehicle like crazy, but you could sense in Block’s excitement that he wanted to. In fact, the Gymkhana star and racer pushed it to run 160 miles per hour (258 kilometers per hour) while on the track, and was even sliding around corners when he took it out for a ride. Well, you can’t really hold a racer back from pushing a car hard if that is his hobby.

Overall, he was able to drive three laps on the track, and was more that satisfied with the car as he stated that it was “really incredible”.

The next time you’ll get a chance to witness the GT will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on the weekend of June 29 up until July 2. Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell of Chip Ganassi Racing will be taking the turbocharged coupe up the 1.16-mile hillclimb, alongside the Ford Mustang GT4 customer race car. Moreover, Goodwood’s first hillclimb Drift Championship will also take place over the weekend with Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his Mustang RTR as one of the participants.

Only 250 units of the GT will be produced yearly to keep the supercar’s exclusivity, making it a rare collector’s item for the second hand market. One of the first owners of the new GT would be motorsports heavyweight Jack Rousch. An even faster version of the GT can be obtained with the Competition Series package, thanks to the lighter engine cover and carbon fiber wheels. Physically, the car will be finished in glossy carbon fiber on the hood stripe, mirror caps, A-pillar, and lower body trim.

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