Slot Car of the Year: Scalextric Ford GT Gulf GTE

We’ve written a few times about Ford GT40’s and GT’s. Beginning with the GT40, Ford created a pure racing machine with a single-minded purpose: Dominate at LeMans (and beat Ferrari). The marque brought together some legendary names to aid in the effort, and in 1966 accomplished their goal. GT40’s continued to win at LeMan, including in 1969 with an iconic Gulf-liveried machine that managed to eek out a victory in the closest finish of LeMans history.

The latest Ford GT is both an homage and a vastly superior car to the original. With carbon fiber construction, a twin-turbo V6, plus advanced active suspension and aerodynamics, the GT maintains the spirit of the original while advancing in every way. The price tag has certainly advanced, too. It now costs over $1 million to afford a GT.

This slot car from Scalextric comes with the designation GTE, for the class in which the new Ford GT won LeMans in 2016, plus it’s draped in the iconic Gulf livery that first appeared on the 1969 car. Ready-to-race from the box, this 1/32 car has working front and rear lights, an added magnet for traction, digital hookups for precise monitoring, and quick-change pickups. It’s a technically-advanced racer, just like the real thing, and a great Slot Car of the Year.