1968 – 1978 Lamborghini Espada
The late 60s produced some really incredible cars. It was an era when the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 and the Lamborghini Miura were breaking production car speed records and ushering in the era of the supercar. But, these cars weren t how the makers of exotic Italian machines were making their money it s something we sometimes forget today, but it was bigger 2+2 touring cars that were the bread and butter of high-end Italian sports car market at the time. Lamborghini was a bit late with its offering in this niche, but most would agree that it was worth the wait.
Lamborghini s first 2+2 was the Espada, named for the Spanish word for “sword.” It was one of the more indirect references the company would use to bullfighting, but it still counts. Like the Miura, it offered outrageous styling, although the design was different enough to not look derivative. It also offered a ton of power and class-leading interior space. It should hardly come as a surprise that it became Lamborghini s best-selling model for years to come. The car was tweaked several times over the years, and there are three different series of Espadas, but the biggest change from one to the next was always the interior design.
2017 Ford GT
Back in the racing heydays of the 50s and 60s, Ferrari was the domination force, and Ford wanted to buy the small Italian company. At the last hour, Enzo Ferrari pulled out of the deal and Henry Ford was infuriated. Ford issued a command to his engineers that they were to build a new car that will trounce the Italians at Le Mans, and he gave them a blank check to make it happen. The car created would be dubbed the Ford GT40, and it went on to win Le Mans four times running. Almost forty years after the GT40, Ford created a modern interpretation simply called the Ford GT. The first-generation Ford GT only lived for two years before its demise, but Ford is now releasing a second-generation GT in 2017, and it is the best one yet.
At the 2015 North American Auto Show in Detroit, Ford pulled the curtain off of the all-new 2017 Ford GT. With a super-light carbon fiber and aluminum construction, a 600-plus horsepower, EcoBoost V-6 and a race-ready cockpit, the latest Ford GT is hands down the best supercar in the history of the Blue Oval brand. This new two-door builds on legendary design history with modern materials to hopefully recreate the original car’s success.
Updated 12/02/2015: Ford dropped a new video in which it highlights both the design and the aerodynamics features of its latest GT supercar. You will get to see Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager and Bernie Marcus, aerodynamicist, talking about how Ford honored the past while including the latest in design and aerodynamics on the all-new GT. Hit “play” to watch it!
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Ford GT.