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Ford Falcon GT (racer)


Ford Falcon GT (racer)

The successful start of the Falcon in 1960 led Ford to develop the car further in the following years. Although over 410,000 cars had sold the previous year, in 1961 they produced a Falcon Sprint model with a V8, then in 1962 they sent race-prepared cars to Europe for use in rallying events. In 1964 the car was re-styled with squarer, neater lines, though it faced tough competition from in-house with the new Mustang which, ironically, was a Falcon underneath. This race Falcon is today used in historic circuit competition. It uses lowered and stiffened suspension and in order to lose weight, its hood, trunk, and front fenders have been moulded in glass-fibre. The engine is a High Performance V8, which means it has a slightly increase compression ratio, higher-lift camshaft and free-flowing exhaust. It works through the brutally strong Borg Warner T10 'Top Loader' gearbox.

Ford Falcon GT (racer) Specifications

Top speed:135 mph (216 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.4 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:289 ci (4,735 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:271 bhp (202 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:312 lb ft (422 Nm) @ 3,400 rpm
Weight:2,811 lb (1,278 kg)
Economy:12.4 mpg (4.4 km/I)
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