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Racer Marino Franchitti Experiences The Original Ford GT40: Video

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Marino Franchitti is a driver with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – the team responsible for running the new GT not only in North America’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but in the FIA World Endurance Championship, as well. He’ll be competing at this weekend’s 6 Hours of Silverstone WEC season opener, starting in the No. 67 Ford GT.

But let’s forget all about that for a second, because in this video, Franchitti will be driving the modern GT’s spiritual ancestor: the original Ford GT40.

Modern race cars are anything but “isolated” or “soft,” but classic racing cars are perhaps extra visceral. Franchitti speeds around a paved course to the soundtrack of loud, boisterous engines throughout nearly every working day of his life; the Ford GT40 will surely need to be uncommonly special to leave an impression.

In that respect, the Ford GT40 doesn’t fail here, and Franchitti leaves the experience with a massive grin on his face. “You just can’t help but grin and laugh, and kind of hoop and holler like you’re American. It’s just–it’s amazing,” said the 37 year-old racing driver. “There’s a massive adrenaline kick, you know… [It’s a] really, really special experience.”

Be sure to watch the video above to see Marino Franchitti blast around Turweston in an original Ford GT40.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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