The Ford GT was a brilliant tribute to the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 from the 1960s. The mid-engined supercar had a natural talent for racing, so it was a no-brainer for the Swiss racing team Matech Concepts to take the Ford GT and modify it for international competition.
This Matech Ford GT1 utilizes lightweight carbon fiber body panels and an aluminum space frame to keep the weight down to 2,646 pounds. Powered by a Roush-Yates version of Ford’s 5.3L engine producing 650 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque (on 102 octane racing fuel), those horses are delivered through an X-Trac six-speed sequential gearbox with an adjustable-slip differential.
The GT1 rides on 18-inch BBS forged aluminum wheels with 12-inch front/rear Michelin tires, with stopping power coming from carbon discs mated to AP Racing six-piston monoblock calipers.
Mecum Auctions will be offering this rare, race-ready 2010 GT1 for an estimated $1.5 to $1.75 million in Monterey, CA during Pebble Beach weekend August 14-16. While that may seem like a lot of money, this Matech Ford GT1 is chassis no. three of six built . . . and two are destroyed. Driven by Belgian driver Maxime Martin for the Marc VDS Racing Team in 2010 and 2011, this GT1 has racing heritage – both past and present – on its side.