First-Ever Ford GT In Australia To Star At Motorclassica 2018 In Melbourne, Following Its Historic
MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct. 9, 2018– Ford Performance will showcase the Ford GT race car at Motorclassica 2018 fresh from the GT’s hot laps at the Bathurst 1000 with Ryan Briscoe at the wheel. In a celebration of the Ford Performance GT, and its inspiration – the 1966-winning Ford GT 40 – the GT will be shipped directly from Mount Panorama, Bathurst, to star at the ninth running of Motorclassica in what will be the vehicle’s final public showing in Australia before it is shipped back to North America.
- The #67 Ford GT, lapped at the famous Mount Panorama circuit by Australian racer Ryan Briscoe will be on show at Melbourne’s Motorclassica exhibition this October 12-14 for what will be the vehicle’s final public showing in Australia
- Briscoe lapped the famous circuit in what was the first Ford GT to come to Australia, with the IMSA-spec race car joined on track by the Ford Performance Mustang GT4 and 23Red Racing Falcon FG X Supercar
- The Chip Ganassi race car’s dedicated display will celebrate the iconic race circuits of the world, following the addition of the 6.213km Bathurst circuit to the list of tracks it has completed since its 2016 race debut
- The Ford Mustang BULLITT will make its Australian debut at 2018 Motorclassica ahead of the 50th anniversary of the legendary Oscar-winning motion picture, with customer deliveries starting this month
“The Ford GT showcases our racing heritage and our push to innovate, and develop the best technology for our road-going models,” said Ford Australian and New Zealand President and CEO, Kay Hart. “Having the GT at Bathurst was something special, and now to have the GT at a Motorclassica is an opportunity for enthusiasts to see the vehicle up close.”
The #67 Ford GT will be displayed at the dedicated Ford Performance stand, featuring icon race circuits of the world. These include Daytona, USA, where the GT has won the Rolex 24-hour for the last two years, Silverstone in the UK, where the GT has taken the chequered flag, and of course La Sarthe at Le Mans, France, where the Ford GT scored a historic victory on debut in 2016. Of course, there is one new addition to the great race tracks of the world that the GT now has under its belt: Mount Panorama, Bathurst.
“Driving the GT around Bathurst was a serious thrill for me,” said Ford Chip Ganassi race driver, Sydney-born Ryan Briscoe. “The first runs were a little difficult, with the rain making it basically impossible to lay down a lap at proper speed. We just wanted to wind the GT up for the fans, with so many coming to look at the car in the pits,” Briscoe said. “Once it cleared up, though, we were able to make some serious headway and finally unleash the GT. It was a truly memorable experience. I’d like to thank everyone who made it happen. It was good to be back!”
Motorclassica 2018 will take place over four days, from October 12-14, at the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Melbourne, with 550 vehicles across 30,000 square-metres of exhibition space.
In addition to the Ford GT, Ford Australia will also officially unveil the new Ford Mustang BULLITT at Motorclassica. Inspired by the Oscar-winning motion picture that features Steve McQueen at the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback in what’s widely regarded as movie car-chase of all time, the Mustang BULLITT will be shown at Motorclassica in time for the film’s 50th anniversary, October 17th.
With 700 offered in Australia, Mustang BULLITT is the most powerful Mustang ever sold in this country, with a 345kW/556Nm 5.0-litre V8 and six-speed manual transmission with Rev-Matching. True to the 1968 original from the film, each BULLITT is finished exclusively in Dark Highland Green, with a Fastback body that is devoid of badges. Torq-Thrust style black 19-inch alloy wheels, Red Brembo™brake calipers and chrome window trim enhance the modern good looks of Mustang; while inside, each example carries an individually-numbered plaque, cue-ball style gear-knob and BULLITT badging.
For Motorclassica, the 2018 Ford Mustang BULLITT will sit proudly alongside a replica of the film’s 1968 Mustang GT Fastback that Steve McQueen used to charge through the undulating streets of San Francisco. Deliveries of the Ford Mustang BULLITT will begin in Australia in October, 2018.
Tickets to Motorclassica are available for purchase at the event or via motorclassica.com.au