GT supercar to headline Ford Performance onslaught
Any car enthusiast understands the cachet that comes with the Ford GT nameplate.
Whether it be the legendary line of Australian muscle cars, added to the flank of a Shelby-modified Mustang or sprinting down the Mulsanne adorning a GT40, it’s one of the most powerful motoring brands in history.
Back in 2005 Ford celebrated the GT40 with the deeply impressive GT road car, powered by a supercharged V8 and capable of seeing off the best from Ferrari and Porsche both dynamically and in a straight line.
Now ten years later, Ford has once more revealed a sleek, two-door supercar under the GT name. With gull-wing doors and evocative – yet modern – styling, the latest Ford GT showcases Ford technology at its finest, and will headline a 12-strong global Ford Performance brand onslaught over the next couple of years.
The Ford GT represents the current pinnacle of the American company’s EcoBoost engine technology, its mid-mounted engine braking from the past by only having six cylinders. Twin-turbocharged, the 3.5-litre V6 is said to produce ‘over 600 horsepower’, or 447kW, and used combined port and direct fuel injection to maximise response. It will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle gearbox driving the rear wheels.
To make the most of the grunt, the Ford GT benefits from extensive use of carbon fibre in the construction process. The lightweight material is used to form the passenger cell and body panels, with aluminium front and rear sub-frames attaching. Active aerodynamics is also featured, including a deployable rear spoiler for improved high-speed stability, and the wrap-around windscreen is sleek while aiding visibility. The spoiler is linked to both speed and driver input and can adjust height and/or pitch to suit prevailing conditions.
Under the skin motorsport theory is followed with active torsion bar and pushrod suspension components that also allow for adjustable ride height. Carbon-ceramic brakes are employed behind 20-inch alloys, shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres developed specifically for the Ford GT.
The interior employs fixed seating but adjustable pedal position and steering column, and an F1-style steering wheel allows a stalk-less steering column to maximise contact with the transmission’s paddle shifters. A fully digital instrument panel provides a multitude of data and Ford’s SYNC 3 provides the latest in connectivity.
Ford says the GT is slated for late-2016 production; 50 years since the GT40’s crushing 1-2-3 at Le Mans.