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problem is, the seat doesn’t move because it is part of the carbonfibre tub. So instead you have to heave on a piece of cable down in the footwell, at which point the entire pedal box is released, and then moves. You then need to either hook your feet beneath the assembly to pull the pedals up towards you or push them away to get them just where you want them. Which to be honest is a right old palaver compared with a seat that moves back and forth.
Once you’re in and have got the pedals where you want them, however, the GT feels great; it feels like a proper, bona fide mid-engined supercar. Even if its instruments, steering wheel and cabin materials are the wrong side of ordinary for a car that costs around £335,000.
It sounds good, though. Boy does it sound good. It sounds awesome actually, and that’s surely more important than a cabin that wants for a bit of design flair and which is strangely lacking in the usual exotic materials.
The noise the GT makes at low-ish speeds is deeply intense, quite Neanderthal in its appeal in some ways, and maybe even a bit OTT compared with some rivals. The car as a whole sounds incredibly busy, even down at 40mph, with stones pinging into the wheelarches and a fair old bit of road roar from those massive 325-section 20-inch rear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The engine and its exhaust are also
audible, even when you’re just pottering about at 2000rpm in top gear. Yet in a way this is what defines the Ford GT as the car that it is; as the racing car for the road that Ford might not want us to think it is but which, in fact, it absolutely is.
After a week in it, I’ll actually begin to go full circle about this particular aspect of the GT. I’ll end up thinking that this might be the way to go with cars such as this. Because let’s face it, you don’t drive/own/buy a car like the Ford GT – or a 918 or a P1, etc – wanting everyday Mondeo-style refinement from it. You drive a car like the Ford GT to make your heart, mind and imagination go to another place, and I think the fact that you need to suffer a bit in the process with regards to refinement, noise, comfort, whatever, actually heightens the overall experience in a weird kind of way – so long as the thing delivers where and when it matters most.
And holy smoke does the Ford GT deliver where it matters most.