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Ford GT40, GT70, and Ford GT: XCAR behind the scenes (pictures)

The XCAR team lifts the lid on one of its most epic shoots to date. The legendary Ford GT40, alongside its successors, the GT70 and the Ford GT.

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Our first glimpse of the GT40 Mk III as it arrives on the trailer.

Read more about the Ford GT40, GT70, and GT on XCAR.
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All three of the Ford GT cars that made it to production, together for an XCAR shoot.
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We immediately start getting footage of the cars; we have only a day with all three cars.
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A little manual manoeuvring to get the old girl started. It takes a few minutes to get the car ready for her day on the track.
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Alex Goy takes in the awesome Ford GT.
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The GT70 makes its way down the ramp. Not the best looking of the three, but it still looks stunning.
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As we come closer to taking this car out on the track, we grow more and more excited about getting behind the wheel.
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Nick Wilkinson getting some early jib shots of these amazing cars.
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Some behind-the-scenes footage being shot as Goy prepares for the day.
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The crew starts tackling close-ups of the GT.
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Wilkinson plans the opening shot with all three cars.
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Some manual movement of the GT40 again to line it up just right.
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Wilkinson crouches amongst the shredded rubber to get the shot he needs.
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Last minute line revisions.
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It's all hands on deck when rain comes in quickly. In the UK, it's either raining or about to rain, so a quick response time to protect the gear is essential.
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The wind picks up, uncovering the Red camera that we're using.
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The opening sequence being blocked out.
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Rain or no rain, the shoot must go on.
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You don't see these three cars together everyday, so a quick snap for Twitter is required.
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Goy explains how lucky we are at XCAR to have these cars together at the same time.
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Wilkinson takes his turn to push the GT into the right position.
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It takes everyone's help to get this opening shot in the can.
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Director Wilkinson finds time between shots to squeeze in some break dancing.
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Crouched just outside of any shot on XCAR, there's someone helping to make the shot.
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The cameraman expresses his confusion to Goy about how two grown men are meant to fit in a car as small as the GT70.
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By far the toughest to drive, Goy tries to get a grip on the GT70.
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It's all smiles now -- at least he's out of the rain.
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We use a triple suction mount to get great, steady, outboard shots.
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On only the rarest occasion is there something other than a Ford GT you'd want to be pointing a camera at.
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One last check before sending the GT off for some hot laps.
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GoPro cameras have made shooting cars much easier, and we love using them.
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Fully rigged, the GT is ready to hit the track.
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Drew Stearne checks over the cameras, and prepares them for another lap.
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Goy takes in the fact he's about to hit the track in a Ford GT.
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It's the GT40's turn for some close-up action.
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With an engine like this on display, we rig a camera to catch all the action.
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Cameramen in mirror are closer than they appear.
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This camera mount allows us to get shots that otherwise would be near impossible to get.
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Stearne explains to Goy just how fast he would like him to drive around the track to get the best footage.
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The GT40 is not an easy car to get in and out of.
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Rigging up the GT70 for track shots.
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The rough and ready interior of the GT70 prepares you for the type of drive you're about to have.
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A shot of the GT40, ready to hit the track, taken from inside the GT70.
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Stearne and Wilkinson discuss the best approach to shooting the GT70.
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Goy preparing for some track fun in the GT40.
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The unique doors on the GT40 allow for quick checks of the roof rig before setting off.
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Stearne and a cameraman double-check that the roof rig is secure before setting off. A problem here could prove expensive.
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That's the smile of a man driving one of his dream cars.
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More extreme outboard camera rigging on the Ford GT.
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Squeezing into the GT40 is a challenge if you are in any way tall. The problem is, if you're too tall you won't realise it until you try to shut the door and get your head caught.
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Stearne found it easier to drive in his socks, hence the loose shoe on the ground.
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There has to be a very good reason for Wilkinson to turn his back on a Ford GT40.
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Another cameraman takes on the GT70.
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Time for some tracking shots. Stearne takes the GT40, while Goy fires up the GT.
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You don't see this car in your mirror everyday.
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It's quite a sight to see these three cars together on the track.
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To round the day off, we race them against each other. Wouldn't you?
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Presenter Alex Goy, Director Nick Wilkinson, and Executive Producer Drew Stearne after a hard day's work at the world's greatest job.

Read more about the Ford GT40, GT70, and GT on XCAR.

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