Avro’s car-tune con­nec­tion

The Avro 720 Mi­rage is a 354km/h orange mon­ster Ford GT— and there will only ever be 10 of them, writes NEILMcDONALD

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THE bright orange paint­work and con­trast­ing black al­loys give this Ford GT a hint of men­ace. Like the orig­i­nal on which it is based, this spe­cially tuned car is a rare beast.

UK-based su­per­car spe­cial­ist Avro Mo­tor Cars has joined forces with Roush Tech­nolo­gies in Bri­tain to cre­ate a fur­ther strictly lim­ited edi­tion of the car.

Only 10 Avro 720 Mi­rages will be built. The first has just been rolled out of Roush’s Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre in Brent­wood, Es­sex.

Fin­ished in vi­brant aran­cia me­tal­lica (Ital­ian metal­lic orange) with semi-matt black de­tail­ing and wheels and exclusive sill plates and side de­cals, the 720 Mi­rage has sig­nif­i­cant en­gine and me­chan­i­cal up­grades.

The tuners have also changed the look of the car by re­mov­ing the rear bumper, in part to save weight. Each car will carry an exclusive num­bered Avro plaque on the cen­tre con­sole.

Roush en­gi­neers have ap­plied a cus­tom cal­i­bra­tion pack­age to the car’s 5.4-litre V8 to lift power 125kW and torque 137Nm.

The Avro car de­vel­ops 536kW at 6950 revs and 815Nm at 4800 revs. It also has a der­e­stricted speed limit, which gives it a top speed of more than 354km/h.

Cen­tral to the in­creased power is a larger and pol­ished Whip­ple su­per­charger.

The in­duc­tion side of the en­gine in­cludes an Ac­cu­fab throt­tle body and in­let sleeve. An Ac­cu­fab X pipe ex­haust sys­tem with ceram­ic­coated tips is also fit­ted. Other en­gine equip­ment in­cludes a Mafia MAF sen­sor adap­tor and a trans­mis­sion breather catch tank.

The run­ning gear on the Avro 720 Mi­rage has been ap­pro­pri­ately up­graded to match the per­for­mance boost. The front and rear tracks are 5mm wider than those on the stan­dard car.

The front brakes use AP Rac­ing six-pot front calipers with Stillen drilled and slot­ted ro­tors. Sim­i­lar ro­tors are used at the rear.

The sus­pen­sion has been low­ered 25mm and up­rated to in­clude KWs Vari­ant 3 fully ad­justable coil-over sys­tem.

Avro man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Andy McGrath says the Ford GT was the ideal car for the work.

‘‘When we cre­ated the highly suc­cess­ful Roush 600RE edi­tion, we recog­nised the po­ten­tial in the car to go a step fur­ther,’’ he says. ‘‘The Ford GT is al­ready a rare and sought-af­ter mo­tor­car and sim­ply iden­ti­fy­ing and lo­cat­ing more avail­able un­ti­tled ve­hi­cles has been a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge for us.

‘‘The 720 Mi­rage is avail­able ex­clu­sively from Avro and once th­ese cars are fin­ished, we be­lieve there will be no more.

‘‘Ex­am­ples of our 600RE edi­tion are now in sev­eral parts of the world and we ex­pect the mar­ket re­sponse to the 720 Mi­rage to be sim­i­larly in­ter­na­tional.’’

Only 4500 Ford GTs were built in 2003, to cel­e­brate the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour GT40s’ one, two, three fin­ish.

Look­ing good: the Avro 720 Mi­rage ar­rives with a dra­matic new look, cour­tesy of a low­ered sus­pen­sion and the re­moval of the rear bumper.

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