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Why Has Ford Abandoned the GT40 Name?

Posted June 23, 2015 9:30 AM by dstrohl
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In January of 2015, Ford announced that an all-new Ford GT supercar would be hitting dealer showrooms in late 2015 as a 2016 model. In June, at Le Mans, it confirmed the worst-kept secret in the automotive world: in 2016, on the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40's 1-2-3 podium sweep at the storied endurance race, the Ford GT will once again take to the track, competing against Ferrari (and Corvette, Aston Martin and others) in the LM GTE Pro class. But why isn't Ford calling its latest supercar the GT40, in recognition of the original's achievements?

To understand the full story, it's best to start from the beginning. What's in a name?

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06/23/2015 2:50 PM

...because, along the way, Ford "forgot" to copyright the "GT40" name and somebody ELSE legally picked it up.

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Re: Why Has Ford Abandoned the GT40 Name?

06/23/2015 10:32 PM

Because it's really a GT 44 now?

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