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
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.