Ford Australia is set to donate the first production example of the swansong Falcon, the XR8 Sprint, to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund with car number one of the 750-unit XR8 Sprint build going up for auction.
The proceeds of the auction, which runs from May 7th until May 31st, will be used to directly fund JDRF’s research project exploring how to automate insulin pumps to help manage type 1 diabetes, providing a "technological cure" for the disease.
The car to be auctioned features a Winter White exterior and six-speed manual transmission to go with the supercharged V8’s 345kW and 575Nm outputs - with 400kW and 650Nm available courtesy of an overboost function. You can read more about the Falcon Sprint range with our launch review.
Both the limited edition XR8 Sprint, and the turbocharged XR6 Sprint sold out within weeks of their annoncement, so for enthusiasts looking to get their hands on this piece of automotive history, this could be the last chance.
While the car is expected to attract significant bidder interest to boost JDRF’s funding, Ford Australia has also contributed a $60,000 donation to the fund, while Ford’s employees have dipped into their own pockets, offering a further $13,000
“Our support of Professor Jones’ team’s innovative diabetes research underpins our commitment to serve our communities as we become Australia’s largest automotive employer,” Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President and CEO, said.
“This iconic car will contribute in a small way to another Australian innovation under development by JDRF to help save young lives.”
Anyone interested in bidding on XR8 Sprint No. 1 can do so at https://galabid.com/auction/ford
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