Ford recently unveiled the latest in its performance vehicle production line-up, the all-new Ford GT Supercar. The unveiling was accompanied by the news the GT will go into production late next year in celebration of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans 50th anniversary, where the Ford GTs took first, second and third place. The Ford GT Supercar will join more than 12 new performance cars slated to hit the market by 2020.
The GT is a rear-wheel drive, mid-engine dynamo, engineered to be as sleek and aerodynamic as possible. Within the mid-engine mount, enthusiasts will find the most powerful V-6 Eco Boost engine designed to date. This twin-turbo boosted baby will crank out more than 600 hp without batting an eye, and that’s just the beginning of its modern design aesthetic.
In order to facilitate the car’s power, handling, efficiency and braking capabilities, Ford had to look to the weight of the car, as well as engine design. The GT is comprised of lightweight, yet strong materials. The passenger cell is made from carbon fiber, with the front and rear subframes made of aluminum encased in structural carbon fiber panels. This gives the vehicle one of the best power-to-weight ratios in production. Likewise, the seating design is integrated directly into the passenger cell, further reducing weight.
“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” said Raj Nair, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development. “GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio- another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.” Beginning this year, Ford is delivering on its promise of innovation. Each new vehicle is now available with the EcoBoost engine. The new twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the GT boasts a wide powerband as well as high efficiency, giving it an incredible advantage over the competition. The car will also come with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle which provides flawless gear change and maximum control to the driver.
The outside of the car is just as thoughtfully designed. This car is all about aerodynamics. Not only does the tear-drop body shape reduce drag, it also provides needed downforce, creating stability. The rear spoiler is active, allowing it to reactively engage and adjust height and pitch angle as needed for existing external conditions. Access to the modern interior is provided via upward-swinging doors.
Once inside the cockpit, drivers will find a sleek and functional design. The F1-style steering wheel comes with fully integrated driver controls and unencumbered access to the paddle shifters, while the digital instrumentation provides driver-focused information available for multiple drive modes and environments.
“While we hope enthusiasts rejoice about this all-new GT, all Ford customers will benefit from the ultimate performance Ford and its new-generation innovations,” said Nair. The GT made quite a splash in Detroit and will no doubt find the same welcome in the ever image conscious LA market. I, for one, cannot wait to see this beauty up close and personal.