ALL NEW SHOW! “Ride Along” with Fireball Tim in the FORD GT!

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JAY LENO FORD GT IN MALIBU! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 659

JAY LENO FORD GT IN MALIBU! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 659 – Fireball heads to a Malibu Car Show, talks with Jay Leno and his Ford GT, Bruce Meyer and Caitlyn Jenner… then watches a Classic Car on Fire? Wups.

From WIKI… The Ford GT is an American mid-engine two-seater sports car manufactured and marketed by Ford for model year 2005 in conjunction with the company’s 2003 centenary — and again in redesigned form for model year 2017.

The GT recalls Ford’s historically significant GT40, consecutive four-time winner of the 24 Hours of LeMans (1966-1969), including a 1-2-3 finish in 1966. Jay Leno Ford GT

At the 2015 North American International Auto Show and at the unveiling of Forza Motorsport 6, a new Ford GT was introduced and is set to be produced and released in 2016.

It will mark 50 years since the GT40 won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and has run successfully in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans to mark the anniversary, winning the GTE class. Jay Leno Ford GT

The car is to be powered by a newly designed 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine making 647 hp (482 kW; 656 PS) and 550 lb·ft (746 N·m) of torque.

According to Ford, “the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car,” thanks to its lightweight carbon fiber construction.

Underpinning the GT is a carbon fiber monocoque bolted to aluminum front and rear subframes covered in carbon fiber body panels. The car also has racing inspired pushrod suspension, active aerodynamics, and dihedral doors.

The windshield of the vehicle is made of Gorilla Glass manufactured by Corning, which is also used for smartphone screens. Gorilla Glass is used to reduce the weight of the vehicle by allowing for a thinner windscreen with the same strength.

Beginning in December 2016, Ford plans to build the GT at a rate of one car per day in this new, low-volume assembly facility at Multimatic in Markham, Ontario until October 2020.

2017 and 2018 model year vehicles will be reserved for selected GT buyers, 2019 vehicles for buyers passed over in the initial selection process, and 2020 vehicles for new customers.

What’s it like to drive a 1988 FORD MUSTANG GT?

If you’ve perused the nightlife here in Malibu, most likely you’ve come across the harmonic sounds of Bobby Waters. 

As a harmonica player and guitarist, Bobby gets his soulful inspirations from a variety of places — including the tailpipes of his ‘88 Ford Mustang.  

 When Bobby showed up to shoot this photo, he was excited as I always am about talking cars. Working here in Malibu, he gets the chance to drive amazing roads all the time. And although he’s had the car for a fairly short time, we got a chance to discuss mods and other things as we took off..

His car is a story of endless modifications.

“In ‘88, Ford did not make the Cobra,” Bobby explained. “But headers were installed and the car had been lowered with a camber kit. And it’s fast, very fast. Some of these old cars have had hundreds of heads under the hood and sometimes you really have to get in there to see it for yourself.”

Bobby picked this GT up in the hills of Malibu. 

“The car was previously owned by Will Farrell’s cousin,” he said. “I have had many people get behind the wheel of this race-car and it brings me great joy to see it in fruition.”

He also mentioned that the fox-body transcends space and time, because sent his previous fox into the wall at Lake Hollywood at about 50 mph. 

Yes, it was a totaled 1990 all-white California Edition GT — ouch. 

“The behavior of this vehicle really makes you pay attention to your position in the saddle, as well as your knowledge and dedication to proper maintenance,” Bobby said. “However, after a few blasted attempts, a guy can really get into the swing of things and find satisfaction in the process — and clarity in a firm acceleration.” 

Did he just say all that out loud?

“I love having my girl ride with me as she balances out the car perfectly and there ain’t nothing better,” he said.

 Bobby uses his ‘Stang basically to get to his gigs, but his favorite part is to park it out front when he plays at the Viper Room. 

He also enjoys working on it and acknowledges that Mustang drivers generally turn into mechanics, usually within an hour. 

But his best short story? 

“Once I got to take a spin with a race car driver named Fireball,” Bobby said. “Turns out he has a TV show about cars — and now I’m featured in the newspaper! Thanks for the driving lessons.”

Well, looks like Bobby had a good time, but so did I. Driving PCH and talking cars with friends is certainly high on my list. 

The best therapy that money can buy, even if it’s just for a few gallons of gas in this case. 

Thanks, Bobby, for lettin’ me drive the Pony. I’ll be sure to bring some carrots next time.

Want to be featured as my Ride of the Week? Shoot me an email at askfireball@fireballtim.com.

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