Rate It: The Ford GT70, the GT40’s Rally Car Cousin

The Escort may be the poster child for Ford's rally efforts during the 1970s, but the brand also experimented with a mid-engined rally car following the success of the GT40 program.

Related to the GT40 only by name, the GT70 was powered by a 2.6-liter V6 out of the Capri RS2600

The prototype would go on to run at a few events including the 1971 Ronde Cevenole Rally and the 1971 Tour de France Automobile, but ultimately had little success as a rally car.

Only six GT70s are believed to have been built, with the program eventually being dropped in favor of the more promising Escort platform.

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z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/14/20 1:08 p.m.

Looks like Ford made an ugly, Dino kit car!

NickD
NickD UltimaDork
8/14/20 1:25 p.m.

Looks dorky. Now the GT90, that thing was rad!

Saron81
Saron81 HalfDork
8/14/20 1:34 p.m.

A little Stratos fighter! 

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
8/14/20 2:35 p.m.

I think it looks great, and would be even more handsome with the headlights closed.

m4ff3w
m4ff3w UberDork
8/14/20 3:56 p.m.
NickD said:

Looks dorky. Now the GT90, that thing was rad!

Agree with the later, but not the former.

Love both.

tester (Forum Supporter)
tester (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/14/20 4:11 p.m.

It looks like an early 1960s Porsche racer to me. 

procainestart
procainestart Dork
8/14/20 4:19 p.m.
z31maniac said:

Looks like Ford made an ugly, Dino kit car!

Came here to say just about the same thing.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/14/20 4:24 p.m.
tester (Forum Supporter) said:

It looks like an early 1960s Porsche racer to me. 

Now that you say that....

jerrysarcastic (Forum Supporter)
jerrysarcastic (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/14/20 4:37 p.m.

I was just going to say... I see a lot of Porsche 904 DNA in that Ford.  I dig it!

mblommel
mblommel Dork
8/14/20 5:56 p.m.

From that angle I see a bit of Opel GT. 

I wouldn't call it ugly. 

gunner (Forum Supporter)
gunner (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
8/14/20 6:46 p.m.

I was just like, I'm, a 49 year old car guy, why have I never heard of this car before, and there was a GT90? TIL. EDIT: Am I the only one that thinks the GT90 is Bugattiesque from the rear?

alfadriver (Forum Supporter)
alfadriver (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/14/20 6:53 p.m.
gunner (Forum Supporter) said:

I was just like, I'm, a 49 year old car guy, why have I never heard of this car before, and there was a GT90? TIL. EDIT: Am I the only one that thinks the GT90 is Bugattiesque from the rear?

Which would mean you've never heard of the Indigo, either, right?   One of those actually hustled hard under it's own power.

Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/14/20 11:54 p.m.

Slightly more mundane than a Dino but i dont think it's actually worse, or that the Dino is that great. Just my .02.

Snowdoggie
Snowdoggie HalfDork
8/17/20 1:55 p.m.

I don't see why Ford didn't mass produce something like this. It stacks up well against the Porsche 914, the Datsun 240Z  and even the Lotus Europa. This is way beyond what British Leyland was doing at the time.  

m4ff3w
m4ff3w UberDork
8/17/20 2:21 p.m.
alfadriver (Forum Supporter) said:
gunner (Forum Supporter) said:

I was just like, I'm, a 49 year old car guy, why have I never heard of this car before, and there was a GT90? TIL. EDIT: Am I the only one that thinks the GT90 is Bugattiesque from the rear?

Which would mean you've never heard of the Indigo, either, right?   One of those actually hustled hard under it's own power.

I had folders with pictures of the Indigo and the GT90 when I was in HS (mide-late 90s obviously)

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
8/17/20 2:31 p.m.
Saron81 said:

A little Stratos fighter! 

Except the Stratos was two years later.

 

which, interestingly, was dropped in favor of the Fiat 131.

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