The all-new 2016 Ford GT supercar has been revealed, with Ford claiming the stunning, swoopy new two-door coupe pushes the boundaries with a carbonfibre body, a new high-power EcoBoost turbocharged engine and advanced aerodynamics.
Described by the blue oval brand as its “most extreme offering”, the company claims the new mid-engined Ford GT features “race-proven technology” and that it has been “engineered to keep company with exotics when it goes into production in 2016”.
Yep, it’s heading to production to mark the 50th anniversary of the GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Powering the new Ford GT will be a fresh, twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with about 450kW of power on tap. The engine is based on the architecture of the company’s IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racer. The mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 engine is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle which, according to Ford, offers “near-instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control”.
While exact outputs and efficiency figures are yet to be released, the company promises it will offer “exceptional performance combined with efficiency”, as well as “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car”.
New aerodynamic elements from its “optimum tear-drop shape” to the “aircraft-inspired fuselage and visibility-enhancing curved windshield” are said to minimise drag and optimise downforce.
A deployable rear spoiler with automated height and pitch adjustment will further aim to keep the car on the road.
Underpinning the GT is an “active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension” with adjustable ride height, while the car will sit atop 20-inch wheels coated in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres developed specifically for the GT. Keeping things in check are carbon-ceramic brake discs for all four wheels.
Despite the car’s outwardly racy nature, the cabin won’t be stripped out – Ford has confirmed that the new Sync 3 infotainment and connectivity system will be fitted to the GT.
The GT’s cabin – accessed via upward-swinging doors – looks production-ready based on these early images, with a simple yet sharp finish incorporating a broad digital instrument cluster and stout bucket seats that are affixed directly to the carbonfibre passenger cell, with the steering column and pedal box adjusting to suit drivers of different heights.
There are no stalks protruding from behind the steering wheel, as all the major controls are positioned on the wheel itself – a very Ferrari-/Formula One-inspired finish.
“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” Ford group vice president of global product development Raj Nair said. “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.”
Ford confirmed the GT is one of more than a dozen new Ford Performance models due by 2020, including the Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R.
This iteration of the GT comes a decade after production of the last Ford GT model ended. That model was powered by a 5.4-litre supercharged V8 engine, and just over 4000 examples were produced.
Nair told reporters in Detroit that the new-generation Ford GT would be again be built in a limited series, though this time it will be even more exclusive. There’s no word at this stage if Ford will build the car in right-hand drive.
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