The 2012 Gran Turismo Awards were held last night in Las Vegas, where Kazunori Yamauchi himself selected the David Eckert’s Ford Mach Forty as “Best in Show” from among the five category finalists.
The Mach Forty is an interesting and unusual car, which took three years to create.
As the name suggests, it is a combination of Mach 1 styling with a GT40 inspired power train. From the outset, it was designed to be a car that anyone could tell was a ’69 Mustang, but that would be nothing like any of the other 300,000 Mustangs that were built in that year.
A 1969 Mustang Mach 1 body was used to create the roof section, door frames, and doors. The tail section, quarter panels, front fender, hood, floor structures, and full peripheral frame are all new, hand formed steel pieces.
The engine is a 2006 Ford GT 5.4 liter dry sump unit, with a four liter Whipple supercharger, Mo TeC engine control unit, custom billet fuel rails, and dual Lamborghini throttle bodies. It also includes an “Adjustable Horsepower Dial” which allows you to adjust the car’s horsepower on the fly between 600-850hp.
Suspension is from a C6 Corvette with custom coil over shocks.
After Kazunori Yamauchi presented the award, Snoop Dogg/Lion came out on stage and performed many of his popular hits. Later, Kazunori also presented him with a custom wood-grain PlayStation 3 engraved with his name.
Congratulations to David Eckert and all of the GT Awards category finalists!