Ford’s GT goes on sale in the US later this month, but the American manufacturer is already planning another low-volume sportscar to replace the GT in 2007.

Ford’s GT (pictured on the right) goes on sale in the US later this month, but the American manufacturer is already planning another low-volume sportscar to replace the GT in 2007.

Inspired by the iconic original Ford GT40, which took the world by storm when it won Le Mans in 1966, 1967 and 1968, Ford plans to produce only 1 500 units of the 477 kW Ford GT over the next two years.

However, the manufacturer could produce a successor to the GT and has already prepared a coupé concept based on the two-seat Shelby Cobra roadster concept (below) shown at Detroit earlier this year.

After January’s Detroit Motor Show, Ford’s product chief, Phil Martens, sent the concept back to the studio saying it did not “grab his soul”.

But he is reportedly “very happy” with the new concept, even though no decision has yet been made as to whether the manufacturer will build the Cobra-based car or not.

CARtoday.com reported earlier this year that the Cobra concept had the same basic underpinnings as the new GT, but the engine was moved to the front to have the classic front engine/rear-wheel drive Cobra layout.

Under the bonnet, an all-new 6,4-litre V10 powerplant was revealed producing 451 kW and 697 N.m of torque without super- or turbocharging. The zero to 100 km/h blitz was claimed to take less than four seconds and top speed quoted at about 305 km/h.

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