By Otsile Kadiege
Collin Lazarus is well-known in the local motoring scene for being an avid car collector and owner of Lazurus Ford in Centurion, Gauteng. New to his array of astonishing vehicles, like the menacing 1971 Mustang Mach 1 and the rarer 2001 F150 SVT Lightning, is the new Ford GT making him the only person on the African continent to own the latest-generation Ford GT, completing one of the rarest GT collections in the world!
The new and award-winning Ford GT was built to emulate the success of the original Ford GT40, specifically at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 where the GT40 secured one of its most famous victories of all time with a 1-2-3 photo finish. Incredibly, and despite a very short development period, the latest Ford GT won Le Mans exactly half a century later, in 2016, cementing it as a legend in its own right.
To refresh your memories, the latest-generation Ford GT is powered by a highly-tuned twin turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine, which produces 492kW/746Nm of torque. Ford claims it will go from standstill to 100km/h in 3.0 seconds, with a top speed of 350km/h. The drivetrain transfers all this power to the rear wheels through a dual clutch automatic gearbox.
A few words from Collin
“I was incredibly fortunate to be able to get this 2020 Ford GT into the country,” admits Colin Lazarus, “but having the other two GTs proved how passionate and serious I was about these Fords and the bearing they have on Ford’s greatest motorsport achievements. Seeing everybody’s reaction to these three cars is terrific for the brand and illustrates the evolution of technology and performance. I doubt there is another private collection like it anywhere in the world,” says Lazarus.
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