There is no doubt in anybody's mind that this was the ultimate EL Falcon available from the
factory - period. Considering, it was not surprising in the least that all 250 cars built
for Australia were snapped up even before the first car hit the deck - such was the demand
left by the vacation
of Australia's most revered spot in 1976 by the XB GT. Only the rare EB GT of 1993 had
dared fill the gap between - and sold out in similar record time.
Developed from the Fairmont Ghia rather than
the more popular XR8, the EL GT received the first of Steve Park's controversial creations in
the form of the highly disliked eleven slot grill (his second being the AU Falcon).
Still, it grew on
you after a while (a very long while for some) but there was no warming period required for
the rest of the package! - Except maybe the motor - which by 1997 standards
did not stand up to what most people expected of the GT signature - and certainly fell way
behind even HSV's every day models. It seems that Ford's "family car" specialists
had had too heavy a hand in it's development again, much to the derision of most Ford fans.
Still, the EL GT was (and still is) one
amazingly desirable piece of equipment with that sensationally wild body kit and wheels that
are fitted to many a Ford fan modified Falcon even today. Then there was that interior -
one that would keep you drooling for hours, and was given pride of place along side show
as the Ford/Tickford modified "Sequential" XR8. Technology was not forgotten for this
latest edition GT - with a quick shifting "Adapt-a-shift" automatic gearbox and big brakes
finding their way into a Falcon for the first time. So was the EL GT really a GT? - I
think so - but certainly a one of a different measure - made with the street in mind rather
than the race track. As such, the ownership experience is perhaps the most enjoyable
of all the GTs produced - unless of course a good drag race is in your plans!
Serpentine accessory drive belt for quietness & reliability.
Fuel required: Premium unleaded.
Unique GT-40 intake manifold including a 13mm phenolic heat spacer between halves and larger
internal diameters compared to the HO 5.0 V8.
High flow GT-40 fuel injectors. Can be identified by a blue body (XR8 injectors
have a yellow body) - identical fuel pump to the XR8.
Unique EEC module including unique settings for Premium Unleaded Petrol (95 RON). Part
Numbers: 96DT 12A650 HB (manual) 96DT 12A650 JB (automatic).
Large diameter throttle body and mass air flow sensor (MAF) - identical to that used on
the EB GT.
Coolant flow through the throttle body deleted - allowing a denser (cooler) air charge into
Tickford low restriction air cleaner intake snorkel with 'intake venturi' to improve air
flow to the MAF sensor.
Pressed steel rocker covers and sump.
Push rod valve actuation.
Cast iron GT-40 heads.
Unique Teflon coated head gaskets with metal inserts.
Initially filled with standard mineral engine oil, drained & replaced by a fully synthetic
engine oil such as Mobil 1 at the 1500km service.
Fitted with Ceramic coated 4 into 1 extractors featuring 42mm diameter primaries.
Twin catalytic converters.
Twin exhaust pipes front to back with three mufflers (shared volume) and finishing with
a single large chrome finisher (tip).
A reduction in back pressure of more than 50% compared to the standard EL V8 exhaust system.
Final exhaust back pressure figure of 14 kPa @ 4000 rpm.
* Based on the USA built GT-40 5.0 litre V8 vs. the standard Falcon V8 being the USA built
'HO' 5.0 litre V8. The engine was initially manufactured and imported from the Cleveland
engine plant in the USA (yep - despite the V8 retaining it's 'Windsor' designation!) and
rebuilt to the above specifications by Tickford Vehicle Engineering.
Other Items - GT-40 5.0 litre V8 vs. standard Falcon HO 5.0 litre V8.
(all dimensions in mm)
Valve head diameter -Intake -Exhaust Valve Springs Compression
pressure Kg @ spec length mm: -Intake
Rocker arm ratio Camshaft lobe lift -Intake -Exhaust
5 speed BTR T5 manual transmission standard, (same as XR8 except with upgraded reverse idler
gear strength and a modified gear lever set up).
Manual gear lever changes:
For the GT, the gear lever's fulcrum has been lifted providing a shorter and faster gearshift.
An additional rubber insulator was placed between the base of the gearshift lever and
offset lever assembly for the GT, to reduce the high frequency transmission vibrations felt through the
A softer detent spring is used for the gear lever assembly, using a 7lb spring and is
coloured purple (whereas the XR8 uses a 10lb spring and is coloured black).
Heavy duty clutch assembly as used on the EB II Falcon Sprint, including;
Diaphragm spring - Single Plate Heavy Duty by Valeo.
268.0mm (10.5") diameter.
4 speed auto (BTR LE97) optional.
Lock up torque converter.
Transmission control switch (power & economy modes) deleted.
Overdrive 4th gear.
Upgraded Planetary gear set to cope with the higher power and torque outputs of the GT's engine including:
Pinion shafts supporting the pinion gears have a fluid passage drilled through the
centre and have been cross drilled to improve lubrication and heat removal of the roller
bearings at high speeds.
Revised centre support shaft to include cross drilling and a fluid passage through the
centre of the shaft allowing oil to travel directly to the roller bearings to provide the same
benefits as above.
Two speed front windscreen wipers with road speed sensitive variable intermittent setting
and demand wipe feature (one wipe at the flick of a finger).
Rear window demister with timed automatic switch off feature.
Colour keyed switches and buttons.
Remote fuel filler release.
Remote boot release.
Smart lock flashing symbol when ignition is turned off.
Service interval indicator.
Normal/Economy mode auto transmission indicator light.
Digital clock included in trip computer display.
Trip computer showing instantaneous L/100km, average L/100km, average km/h and fuel range based on your driving style.
Automatic climate control, hooked to the vehicle's air conditioning and heating systems. Just
set the desired temperature and let the vehicle do the rest! Includes integrated CFC (chloro flouro carbons) free air conditioning and rear seat ducts...
Infinitely variable instrument panel illumination intensity (compared to the
XR's two step design).
Rear window demister on.
turn signal / hazard lights on.
Park brake on.
Seat belt reminder (set on timer, every time you start the vehicle).
ABS test lamp - comes on when you start the car while the
ABS does a self test - remains on if a problem is found.
New BEM (Body Electronics Module) allows for a 'Security Delay' keeping power to the
boot release for up to 10 minutes after turning the vehicle off and removing the keys from
the ignition. The EF did not have this feature.
30kg at 100km/h reduction in lift.
1674 kg (manual) 1704 kg (auto)
917 kg (manual) 940 kg (auto)
757 kg (manual) 764 kg (auto)
8.37 kg/kW (man) 8.52 kg/kW (auto)
$69,500 Australian dollars.
New Zealand (20).
South Africa (2). Total Production: 272