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This Weekend in Car Videos: Ford GT40 Prototype

by Stanley Yee on

The Ford GT40 prototype, a new Indy Lights car, and racing a turbo Porsche up Pikes Peak.  What were some of the best car videos from this past weekend? Find out here.

The Ford GT40 was perhaps the greatest racing achievement for the Ford Motor Company. It not only won Le Mans, it beat Ferrari, the biggest name in sports car racing. The Ford GT 108 served as a prototype for the GT40, spawning what would be a series of successful racing cars. In theory, the plan was simple: take a 289 cubic inch V8, build a balanced mid-engine chassis, and pair it with some of the greatest drivers in racing. Only four roadsters were ever built, and this prototype has been driven by Carroll Shelby, Jim Clark, Sir Stirling Moss, and Jack Brabham, to name a few.

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Indy Lights acts as the main feeder series into the full IndyCar series, developing the skills of young open wheel drivers. The cars in Indy Lights, though smaller and less powerful than the IndyCar machines, share many of the same characteristics with their larger counterparts. For the 2015 season, Indy Lights will work with an all new Dallara race car, with numerous changes to the drivetrain and chassis. First and foremost, the Indy Lights car will run on a turbocharged inline-four, emulating the powerband of turbocharged IndyCar engines. Changes to the body not only improve aerodynamics, but also keep the drivers safer than ever. New sidepod and front wing designs will give the drivers more protection, always a primary concern in racing. Having just completed their first test, the new Indy Lights cars will begin racing next year.

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Going against every rule in the book, this Mustang proudly uses a V6. The car will surely cause a commotion in the Mustang community, but with the power it puts down, it would be hard to argue against it. With an estimated 500+ horsepower and sticky drag radials, this V6 holds its own against some respected V8 muscle. Aside from a distinctly high-pitched exhaust note, there’s nothing that gives away the unique engine in this Mustang. People will hate it because of the lack of cylinders, but you can’t argue with the results.

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Saying that a car ‘handles like a go-kart’ is one of the most overused cliches out there, but Porsche has taken it one step further. They took a new Cayman GTS and paired it with a tiny indoor karting track, a match made in heaven. Even at low speeds, the Cayman slips through tight corners with ease, with the rear end kicking out on demand.

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Pikes Peak is one of the oldest and most important racing events in the country. Reaching over 14,000 feet in elevation, the Pikes Peak Hillclimb is unlike any other race. The Porsche gurus at BBI Autosport paired with Jeff Zwart to tackle the mountain with a purpose-built racing machine. The car would have the chassis and handling of a GT3 Cup car, with the high altitude power of a turbocharged engine.

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