by David Sorensen
Ford Maxum GTP
by William Bauer
Ford Mustang Maxum GTP by William Bauer
What should have been a natural evolution of the Ford Probe GTP, ended up as something that “looked” like a Probe and had a Ford Engine, but that was about the extent of it. Ford was not as interested in GTP by the end of 1986, and Zakspeed was selling their versions to Tom Milner. Jack Roush, with some unfinished business in GTP and being aligned with Ford, approached the Maxum owners with a plan to use a V-8 rather than the Zakspeed turbo 4 in the chassis. With these players in the game, no fewer than 5 “Probish” cars were on the grid for the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1987.
The MAXUM chassis was assembled in England and designed as a customer car. Although it looked similar to a Probe, only the rear uprights were in common. Roush had a contract with Bridgestone tires and the car was designed for Goodyears. After the 24 hours, Roush campaigned the car with Pete Halsmer and Scott Pruett, but never put the development into the chassis. He ultimately lost interest in the project and decided to concetrate on NASCAR. Ford sold everything to Milner and offically withdrew from GTP.
This is the latest QuikSkins offering. As with the Probe, everything just falls together in this kit. The basic chassis and wheels are the same. Also apparent are the subtle differences. For example, I tried to use some spare window decals from a Probe, and they did NOT fit! It makes a striking model, and it looks great next to the Probe or any IMSA Prototype of the era.
Personally, I like the large airscoop on the back and the detached wing.
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New items at Scale Motorsport include an upgrade set for the Tamiya Ferrari F60 and a hi-def video tutorial showing how to apply their carbon fiber decals.
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New items at Strada Sports include Shuko decals and lots of aftermarket accessories like the upgrade kit for the Trumpeter 1/12 Ford GT40.
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