Zak Brown, former racing driver and Executive Director of McLaren Technology Group, will be taking delivery of a 2017 Ford GT supercar, according to his personal website. That may raise a few eyebrows, given that Ford and McLaren are (sort of) competing automakers, but ultimately, a great car is a great car.
Plus, McLaren’s least-expensive current model – the 540C Coupé – costs somewhere around $165k and packs well over 500 horsepower, so we put it to you: are Ford and McLaren really competitors?
Besides, Zak Brown is an avid car collector with an enviable cache that brings together some of the best classic motoring machines from numerous marques: Porsche, Shelby, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, and others. The 647-horsepower Ford GT, the competition-spec version of which won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2016, is a spiritual descendant of the legendary GT40, and absolutely deserving of a spot on any car enthusiast’s list of the most significant, collectible high-performance cars of all-time.
Production on UK-bound examples of the Ford GT started late last month, meaning Mr. Zak Brown still has a bit of a wait ahead before he can take delivery. Currently, production at Multimatic’s factory in Ontario is behind schedule, with just 21 examples having been delivered so far in the United States.