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The Ford GT’s Suspension Is Much Smarter Than A Fifth Grader 4
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Film, Ford, Ford GT, Ford Videos, video on 01 4th, 2018


The Ford GT may not have a hybrid powertrain or a near million-dollar price tag to match that of its competitors, mainly the Holy Trinity of hypercars, but it’s still one of the most advanced vehicles on sale today.

One of the GT’s more notable pieces of equipment is its suspension setup. It’s one of the things that astonished Jeremy Clarkson, leaving the outspoken journalist to claim the supercar was like a “Mad Caterham.”

Wrapping one’s head around the intricacies of the supercar’s suspension setup requires a Master’s Degree in Engineering. Luckily, Engineering Explained is here to simplify all of the insane engineering that went into the GT’s suspension setup, allowing everyone to marvel at the automaker’s engineers.

To help make things easier for everyone to understand, Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained, created an incredibly helpful animation showcasing the supercar’s double wishbone pushrod suspension setup. Fenske also points out some interesting components on the GT, including the Multimatic eDSSV and a torsion-bar spring system, which consists of a hydraulic actuator, a coil spring, and a rocker.

While the setup itself is unique, things get really interesting when Fenske begins to explain how the GT has bespoke spring rates for the vehicle’s ride height. We won’t get too technical, as the video does a excellent job of explaining the setup, but something astonishing happens when the GT is put into its track mode.

When the car’s sitting just 70-mm off the ground in track mode, the hydraulic actuator locks the coil spring into place, stopping it from moving. This gives the GT a higher spring rate at a lower ride height, ensuring the vehicle won’t bottom out on bumps. Obviously, this is some incredible stuff.

The GT’s suspension setup, as Top Gear’s Chris Harris found is what makes the supercar the “lowest, flattest and yet the most compliant supercar of them all.” With this kind of engineering, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that Ford recently set a new record on the Arctic Circle Raceway.

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Do Good, Drive Better With This 2017 Ford GT Being Auctioned For Charity 4
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Ford, Ford GT on 01 4th, 2018


Want to get your hands on a new Ford GT? You could place an order and hope for a build slot, or you could head to Scottsdale, Arizona, later this month.

That’s where Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning off this splendid example in Liquid Blue and white racing stripes, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity.

The car belongs to one Ron Pratte, a noted collector and Arizona native. Pratte generously donated his GT to the Everham Family’s Racing for a Reason Foundation, which has consigned the car for auction to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Like the other 250 examples Ford will make each year (at a rate of one per day), Pratte’s GT packs a tightly wound 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 – mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and rated at 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque – into middle of a carbon monocoque chassis.

As if the prospect of owning one of the finest supercars ever made in North America – and the opportunity to help a good cause – weren’t enough, the winning bidder will also receive tutelage behind the wheel at the Ford Performance Racing School in Tooele, Utah. The hammer’s set to drop at about 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

If you miss out on the super-Ford, there’ll be several other cars being auctioned for charity as well – including the first production 2019 Corvette ZR1 as well as a 1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition, ’87 Chevy Monte Carlo SS, ’96 Ford Mustang, 2017 Ford F-250, a custom roadster and a pontoon boat.

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Do Good, Drive Better With This 2017 Ford GT Being Auctioned For Charity 4
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Ford, Ford GT on 01 4th, 2018


Want to get your hands on a new Ford GT? You could place an order and hope for a build slot, or you could head to Scottsdale, Arizona, later this month.

That’s where Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning off this splendid example in Liquid Blue and white racing stripes, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity.

The car belongs to one Ron Pratte, a noted collector and Arizona native. Pratte generously donated his GT to the Everham Family’s Racing for a Reason Foundation, which has consigned the car for auction to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Like the other 250 examples Ford will make each year (at a rate of one per day), Pratte’s GT packs a tightly wound 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 – mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and rated at 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque – into middle of a carbon monocoque chassis.

As if the prospect of owning one of the finest supercars ever made in North America – and the opportunity to help a good cause – weren’t enough, the winning bidder will also receive tutelage behind the wheel at the Ford Performance Racing School in Tooele, Utah. The hammer’s set to drop at about 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

If you miss out on the super-Ford, there’ll be several other cars being auctioned for charity as well – including the first production 2019 Corvette ZR1 as well as a 1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition, ’87 Chevy Monte Carlo SS, ’96 Ford Mustang, 2017 Ford F-250, a custom roadster and a pontoon boat.

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Latest Ford GT Review Takes Place At The Arctic Circle 23
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Ford, Ford GT, Ford Videos, reviews, video on 12 23rd, 2017

It’s only fitting that one of the world’s most beautiful supercars should visit one of the world’s most stunning racing locations, namely the Arctic Circle Raceway in Norway.

This track was built very close to the Arctic Circle and is the northernmost racing circuit in the world, plus it makes for a refreshing change of venues on which the 655 PS (647 HP) supercar is being tested.

Aside from Evo’s Steve Sutcliffe letting us know just how much he likes the all-new GT, you’ll also see pro racer Stefan Mücke attempting to set a new lap record – and on road tires at that. In the end, the GT proved more than quick enough. Sutcliffe even says that had it used racing slicks, it could have gone six, maybe even seven seconds quicker.

What’s also interesting is the fact that Mücke had never driven the Ford GT road car before, just the Le Mans racer, and he commented that it felt “quite a lot faster” than the race car in a straight line.

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Latest Ford GT Review Takes Place At The Arctic Circle 23
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, Ford, Ford GT, Ford Videos, reviews, video on 12 23rd, 2017

It’s only fitting that one of the world’s most beautiful supercars should visit one of the world’s most stunning racing locations, namely the Arctic Circle Raceway in Norway.

This track was built very close to the Arctic Circle and is the northernmost racing circuit in the world, plus it makes for a refreshing change of venues on which the 655 PS (647 HP) supercar is being tested.

Aside from Evo’s Steve Sutcliffe letting us know just how much he likes the all-new GT, you’ll also see pro racer Stefan Mücke attempting to set a new lap record – and on road tires at that. In the end, the GT proved more than quick enough. Sutcliffe even says that had it used racing slicks, it could have gone six, maybe even seven seconds quicker.

What’s also interesting is the fact that Mücke had never driven the Ford GT road car before, just the Le Mans racer, and he commented that it felt “quite a lot faster” than the race car in a straight line.

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A Ford GT For DTM Racing? We Approve 20
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford GT, Renderings on 12 20th, 2017


With a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans under its belt, the latest-generation Ford GT has already proven its racing prowess.

Nevertheless, rendering artist rc-workchop has decided to see what the new GT would look like if it were transformed into a DTM race car.

Those with a keen interest in DTM will know that the championship is in rather poor health following Mercedes-Benz’s decision to quit the sport in favor of Formula E. As such, the series could certainly do with another marque. This is where Ford comes in.

To create this wild GT, rc-workchop customized the exterior with flared wheel arches and a host of crazy aerodynamic aids all aimed at increasing downforce without generating crippling levels of drag. The result is a creation that is part Ford and part intergalactic spaceship.

Of course, Ford will never enter DTM with the GT but if it did, we’d certainly tune in.

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Jeremy Clarkson Astonished By New Ford GT, Says It’s Like A “Mad Caterham” 19
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, celebrities, Film, Ford, Ford GT, Ford Videos, reviews, The Grand Tour, video on 12 19th, 2017


After driving the new Ford GT for Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson was absolutely astonished by the car’s straight line performance.

In the second episode of Season 2, the famous trio found themselves in the US, racing from New York all the way to Niagara Falls. While Clarkson was driving the GT, James May and Richard Hammond had to use public transportation.

In case you’ve yet to see the episode, we won’t spoil it for you by revealing who actually won the race. What we will say, though, is that Ford’s supercar car performed really well despite the fact that it wasn’t designed to be a long-distance cruiser.

Clarkson also enjoyed the twin-turbocharged V6’s soundtrack and appreciated the fact that there’s no “electronic trickery” to it, although he would have preferred a V8. Even so, with 655 PS (647 HP) and 550 lb-ft (745 Nm) of torque at its disposal, the Ford GT is capable of hitting a top speed of 216 mph (347 km/h), so there’s no questioning its supercar credentials.

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Jeremy Clarkson Astonished By New Ford GT, Says It’s Like A “Mad Caterham” 19
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, celebrities, Film, Ford, Ford GT, Ford Videos, reviews, The Grand Tour, video on 12 19th, 2017


After driving the new Ford GT for Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson was absolutely astonished by the car’s straight line performance.

In the second episode of Season 2, the famous trio found themselves in the US, racing from New York all the way to Niagara Falls. While Clarkson was driving the GT, James May and Richard Hammond had to use public transportation.

In case you’ve yet to see the episode, we won’t spoil it for you by revealing who actually won the race. What we will say, though, is that Ford’s supercar car performed really well despite the fact that it wasn’t designed to be a long-distance cruiser.

Clarkson also enjoyed the twin-turbocharged V6’s soundtrack and appreciated the fact that there’s no “electronic trickery” to it, although he would have preferred a V8. Even so, with 655 PS (647 HP) and 550 lb-ft (745 Nm) of torque at its disposal, the Ford GT is capable of hitting a top speed of 216 mph (347 km/h), so there’s no questioning its supercar credentials.

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Seven Impossible Car Mashups That’ll Make Or Break Your Day 17
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW i8, Bugatti Chiron, Chevrolet Camaro, Classics, Dodge Charger, Ferrari LaFerrari, Fiat, Ford GT, Lamborghini Aventador, nissan gt-r, Nissan Juke, Pagani Huayra, Renderings, VW Beetle on 12 17th, 2017


Some car designs just don’t mix, and trying to force them together could make you lose your appetite. You’ve been warned.

First, worry not, because your eyes are not deceiving you. You truly are looking at seven of the most “unholy” car mashups we’ve ever seen. The only thing missing is for these cars to suddenly start speaking Latin and laugh maliciously.

But before we go looking for a priest, let’s run through each of these images, courtesy of Click Mechanic, and at least try to make some sense of what we’re looking at.

Let’s start with the Batmobile wannabe, you know, because at least it looks drivable.

#1 BMW i8 + Dodge Charger

The classic Charger and the modern BMW i8 couldn’t be more different. One is a plug-in hybrid with sporty features and futuristic looks, while the other is a gas guzzling muscle car that will mostly drive sideways if you don’t stay off the throttle.

Put them together and you might get something like this thing, which features a massive V8 with a blower, chrome bits on the wheel arches and a NASCAR-style spoiler at the rear. It’s weird, but at least it looks like it would be fun to drive, right?

#2 Bugatti Chiron + VW Beetle

This one makes sense from a branding standpoint, since VW owns Bugatti. You’ve got the all-new Chiron hypercar in one corner, and the classic VW Beetle in the other.

Make sure to take it all in, from the heavy chrome bumpers and alloys to the Beetle fenders. Overall though, you might as well put Dick Dastardly and Muttley in this car and call it a day, because it’s really wacky.

#3 Pagani Huayra + Chevy Camaro

Here’s another one you might be tempted to at least drive, since it’s comprised of a Pagani Huayra and a classic Chevrolet Camaro. It’s rugged American muscle meets crafty Italian engineering.

It’s got headlights from both vehicles, classic wheels, plus another NASCAR-style spoiler, just like on the i8 Charger. We’re not so sure about its aerodynamic properties though.

#4 Nissan GT-R + Nissan Juke

Another family affair, this time from Japanese automaker Nissan. It actually looks kind of cute, if we’re being honest, but don’t let that stop you from letting us know how much you hate it, if that’s the case.

Besides, if you’re a GT-R fan, the last thing you want is for it to be associated with something like the Juke, an urban-oriented crossover that never even got to break the Internet.

#5 Ford GT + Ford Raptor

If somebody ever managed to actually build this car, the waiting list on it might actually match that of the regular Ford GT. The mashup shows a very aggressive vehicle, one that should have no problem with going off-road, while able to win plenty of straight line races as well.

In a way, it’s the best of both worlds. The only thing missing is room for more passengers and luggage.

#6 Lamborghini Aventador + Lamborghini Tractor

If you want to take Lamborghini back to its early beginnings, you could then try to build something like this Aventador-inspired tractor and it probably wouldn’t be all that hard either.

All you need is the tractor, plus an Aventador front fascia, which doesn’t even have to come from the real car – some people can just make those for themselves. As for this one, it also features a massive winch and a connector for fitting it with a large plow.

#7 Ferrari LaFerrari + Fiat Multipla

This is a really fascinating combination, in the sense that on one hand you’ve got arguably the most beautiful car ever built in the LaFerrari, and then you’ve got one that many consider the ugliest car ever, in the Fiat Multipla. We can call this either the LaFiat or the LaMultipla, you decide.

The contrast between the two speaks volumes, and in a weird way, they kind of match, since they’re both Italian…but let’s not kid ourselves. Consider the hypercar properly insulted.

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The Grand Tour’s Second Episode Trailer Previews A Classic Challenge 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Amazon, celebrities, Ford GT, Mercedes AMG GT, The Grand Tour, video on 12 13th, 2017


After the eagerly awaited debut of the Grand Tour’s second season, the trailer of the second episode previews a classic race between Clarkson, Hammond and May.

The Grand Tour calls it a “public transportation challenge”, and involves Clarkson racing the other two from NY to the Niagara Falls using a Ford GT against a commercial airliner. I wonder where they got the idea from.

With Hammond still recovering from his famous Rimac crash, the challenge will prove to be more complicated for the presenters not driving a car, which is sort of what you would expect from the show.

The second episode will also feature a review of the Mercedes-AMG GT R, as well as cricketer Kevin Pietersen and baseball’s Brian Wilson in a new Celebrity Face Off.

Episode 2 will air this Friday, December 15 on Amazon Prime Video.

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Ford GT On Custom Wheels Is PURe Wallpaper Material 13
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford GT, Wheels on 12 13th, 2017


Unlike other supercars that get racing versions, the new Ford GT was, allegedly, designed as a race car first and foremost. So, even if some owners feel dissatisfied with their choice, the general consensus it that the Blue Oval’s supercar is a true masterpiece.

Even so, a number of people always like to personalize their ride – and the easiest way is fitting a new set of wheels. Ford lets you choose between one-piece forged-aluminum or carbon fiber 20-inch rims, but PUR thinks it can do better with its RS10.

According to the company, its wheels, which measure 20×9 and 20×12 inches front and rear respectively and are finished in Lumiere Grey, are engineered from aerospace-grade 6061-T6 forged aluminum and are compatible with OEM tire pressure monitoring sensors as well.

The custom rims, shod in high-performance Michelin tires with a yellow stripe, suit the car perfectly, and their shade contrasts the vibrant yellow paint job of this particular GT.

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John Cena Says He Has No “Ill Will” Towards Ford Despite Lawsuit 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in celebrities, Ford, Ford GT, Ford Videos, Reports, video on 12 11th, 2017


John Cena has responded to the lawsuit issued by Ford against him, revealing that he doesn’t have any “ill will” towards Ford and is looking forward to seeing what the judge will decide.

At the start of the month, Ford revealed that it was suing the professional wrestler for selling his 2017 Ford GT after just a month of ownership, in direct violation of a contract that he would own the supercar for at least 24 months.

While recently speaking with Univision Autos about the whole saga, Cena admitted that it’s unfortunate but doesn’t seem to bothered about potentially having to hand over the profits he made from the sale and up to $75,000 in damages to Ford.

“It’s unfortunate that sometimes you get a disagreement and you have to have an impartial party figure it out, I feel one way, Ford feels another way.

“I’m a true enthusiast, I don’t have any ill will toward Ford, I’ve been lucky enough in my life to own some iconic Fords. I follow the brand, I love what they’re doing with the Lincoln line but instead of fighting like irresponsible big kids, we’ll let a judge figure it out and I’ll be happy with either way the situation goes.

“I’m extremely excited and interested about it, so we’ll see what happens,” Cena said.

To read more about the situation, read our op-ed here.

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This 2006 Ford GT Has Been Driven Just 10.8 Miles 6
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Ford, Ford GT, Galleries, used cars on 12 6th, 2017


The 2017 Ford GT is undeniably cool but is it as desirable as this barely-used 2006 Ford GT? We’re not so sure.

Set to cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s Fort Lauderdale event next year, this GT has only been driven 10.8 miles since leaving the factory over a decade ago. It’s consequently one of the lowest-mileage GT’s in the world and is expected to sell for between $300,000 and $350,000.

As the pictures show, the famous American supercar appears absolutely immaculate. In fact, the interior still features the plastic seat covers, Ford floor protectors and a small warning label looped over the six-speed manual shifter. The car really is a time capsule from a simpler time.

In terms of the car’s exterior, it is painted in the ever-popular white with blue racing stripes, silver wheels and red brake calipers. Open up the rear clamshell and you’ll find an engine that’s barely been turned over and is completely free of any dust, dirt or debris. In fact, you could safely eat dinner off the supercharger without a worry in the world.

As with any first-generation Ford GT road car, the supercar is powered by a mid-mounted 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine delivering 550 hp at 6500 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque at 3750 rpm. Sending power to the rear wheels is a six-speed manual transmission and helical limited-slip differential.

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Why Suing John Cena Is A Bad Idea For Ford 5
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in featured, Ford, Ford GT, Opinion, Reports on 12 5th, 2017


If you’ve been keeping attune with automotive news in the past week, you’ll know that the biggest story relating to Ford is the carmaker’s decision to sue John Cena. Ford may live to regret this.

Ford alleges that the wrestler-turned-Hollywood-star illegally sold his 2017 Ford GT after just one month of ownership, directly violating a contract signed by Cena agreeing to not sell the desirable supercar within 24 months of delivery.

If all of Ford’s allegations are true, it seems to be a pretty obvious breach of contract and could cost Cena dearly. In fact, Cena has even admitted to and apologized to Ford for profiting from his GT.

In response, Ford is seeking in excess of $75,000 for damages relating to brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill. Additionally, it wants all the profit Cena made from the sale.

On the face of it, these demands seem rather reasonable. After all, Cena profited from a car he wasn’t supposed to sell. However, it’s likely that the whole saga will tarnish Ford’s image more than Cena actually selling the car.

From the outset, many have criticized Ford for its decision to make prospective Ford GT owners apply to own the supercar. That’s right, Ford required customers to prove to the carmaker that they were good enough to fork out roughly $500,000 on the car.

Understandably, this caused uproar across many Ford communities, particularly when it emerged that many life-long Ford enthusiasts and collectors had their applications tossed out to the trash. In their place, a number of F-grade internet ‘celebrities’ and YouTubers were offered the chance to buy the 2017 GT, largely because they had respectable social media followings.

Yes, that’s the world we live in. If you don’t have at least 500,000 Instagram followers, good luck buying a top-of-the-range Ford. Worked your whole life to afford a car like the Ford GT? Too bad. Prefer to keep your vehicles in museum-condition and admire them as art pieces rather than drive them? Too bad. Own a fleet of iconic Fords but are unwilling to bend at the knee and beg for the brand to accept your money? Too bad, Ford says.

Ford claims that 69 per cent of new GT owners have a previous-generation model. If that figure is true, we tip our hat to Ford for appreciating many of its loyal customers. However, the hoops one has to jump through to try and secure an order for the new car is utterly ridiculous. Ferrari is no different.

It remains to be seen how much Cena profited from selling his GT but it wouldn’t be excessive to guestimate somewhere in the region of $100,000. If that were the case, then Ford could stand to make roughly $175,000 from suing the wrestler, who asserts he needed to liquidate some his assets to pay bills. However, we can’t help but think the lawsuit could affect Ford’s brand image to the tune of millions. After all, just a couple of customers with Ford GTs on the way need to cancel their orders for the whole saga to cost Ford dearly.

Of course, there’s no doubt that Ford has thousands of people waiting in line to purchase one of the 1000 GTs tipped to be produced. If someone cancels their order, another applicant will get the order.

Nonetheless, does Ford want to be seen as a company that kicks a person when their down? Financial situations change and it’s not unreasonable to think Cena had the money to buy the GT two years ago but upon delivery, discovered that his money could be spent better elsewhere. In Ford’s world, that’s not acceptable. In fact, in Ford’s world, it is offensive to the brand’s legacy for a GT owner to have the audacity to think they can actually sell the car they paid $500,000 for. How dare they.

There’s no doubt that the new Ford GT is an impressive car. In fact, the carmaker was happy to announce that the GT is quicker than the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale around a racetrack earlier this year, despite the McLaren being two years’ old and the Ferrari roughly four years’ old.

What’s more, by the time Ford got around to actually delivering the new supercar, the game has moved on, most notably with the McLaren 720S, Ferrari 488 GTB, and Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Curiously, Ford intends on building the GT through the 2020 model year by which time competitors to the GT will have made another significant leap in performance, possibly leaving an unchanged GT dead in the water.

Chances are, Ford will walk away from its lawsuit against John Cena feeling all high and mighty for enforcing an aspect of a contract that should never have been there in the first place. It’s a shame that it’s willing to burn bridges with enthusiasts in the process.

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Ford Sues John Cena For Selling His 2017 GT Supercar For Profit 1
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in celebrities, Ford, Ford GT, Ford Videos, Reports, video on 12 1st, 2017


WWE superstar and actor John Cena is facing the wrath of Ford, after selling his $500,000 2017 GT supercar before his contract allowed it to.

A copy of the lawsuit, posted on WXYZ, explains that the 40-year old man was supposed to hold on to the exotic machine made in Michigan for two years, but he ended up selling it shortly after taking delivery, and for a huge profit too.

“After being selected from thousands of applicants for the opportunity to purchase the Ford GT, Mr. Cena flipped his vehicle shortly after taking delivery of it, despite his agreement with Ford to maintain ownership of the vehicle for 24 months”, is written in the nature of the action of the lawsuit.

“Upon information and belief, Mr. Cena has unfairly made a large profit from the unauthorized resale flip of the vehicle, and Ford has suffered additional damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and goodwill due to the improper sale.”

Cena is charged with Breach of Contract, Fraud, Silent Fraud, Innocent Misrepresentation, and Unjust Enrichment by Ford, which are willing to close an eye on the illegal transaction if the professional wrestler hands them over the profits from selling the GT, in addition to other expenses.

To his excuse, John Cena admitted of selling the Ford GT, along with other property, to pay some bills, admitting that “I completely understand and as stated am willing to work with Ford to make it right. My sincerest apologies.”

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