Ford GT is back after close to a decade since the predecessor left the production line. Using the most powerful EcoBoost engine to date, the new Ford GT is also brimming with cutting-edge technology inside a lightweight carbonfibre construction.
|Engine||3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6|
|Max Power||600+ hp|
Unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the new Ford GT stays true to the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout even though it looks different from the previous GT launched in 2005.
The styling is unique on the new GT, featuring a tear-drop shaped canopy and prominent floating C-pillar aerobridge. There’s a lot of surfacing work done to achieve optimum aerodynamic, starting from the nose with multiple cooling vents and the sharp front splitter, to the rising character line on the side that connects to the mentioned aerobridge. The wheels measure 20 inches and they are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres.
The back is pretty compact and the teardrop canopy tapers off towards the end with a couple of circular tailpipes, topped off by an active pop-up rear spoiler. The round taillights jut out of the bodywork on each side instead of sitting flush like on the previous GT, and there’s a mean diffuser lower down the bumper.
In a true supercar style, the doors open upwards to reveal a snug cabin tailored for two. Each seats are mounted directly to the carbonfibre passenger cell, so the pedals and steering column are adjustable to suit the driver’s preferred position.
The compact steering with flat sections on top and bottom incorporates all the controls not only for the SYNC® 3 system but also the controls usually located on the stalks like wiper and indicators, freeing up the steering column just for a pair of shift paddles.
The new GT utilises lightweight materials such as carbonfibre for the passenger cell, and aluminium for the front and rear subframes. It uses an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension with adjustable ride height while the brakes are taken care by all-round carbon-ceramic discs.
Under that see-through canopy you won’t find a V8 engine. Instead, there’s a smaller 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that’s derived from Ford’s IMSA Daytona Prototype racer. Unlike the racecar with 6-speed sequential transmission, the engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox in the new GT. There are no official power figures yet, but it’s expected to produce more than 600 hp.
The new Ford GT is set to go into production in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer was quoted, “As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,”.