Watch out, Ferrari. The legend is back! The Ford GT supercar has made a return for 2016, debuting at the North American International 2015 Detroit Auto show.
The new model celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing first, second and third at the 1966 Le Mans race. According to Raj Nair, Ford vice president, the GT will be “the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar.”
Check out the amazing details of this American beauty below.
A Breakthrough in Innovation
Ford souped up the new GT with several breakthrough components. One of the most standout features is the inclusion of carbon fiber in the car’s structural elements. Thanks to the extremely light weight of carbon fiber, the GT will exhibit a power-to-weight ratio unlike any other car in its class.
Carbon fiber is not only light, it’s also incredibly strong. The GT will feature front and rear subframes made of aluminum. The subframes will be encased in carbon fiber body panels.
Inspired by jet fighters, the GT has a teardrop shape and an enhanced-visibility windshield. The rear spoiler’s height and pitch can be adjusted depending on speed and wind conditions. All of these will aid in reducing drag and managing airflow.
Overall, the GT will have an incredibly stiff and light foundation, which will result in more aerodynamic performance and stability.
Boosting Ahead of the Competition
Although Ford EcoBoost technology is available in all of Ford’s newest cars, the GT contains the next generation of the efficient engine. The twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine produces over 600 horsepower.
To improve engine response, the GT features a dual fuel-injection setup and a low-friction valvetrain. Instantaneous gear changes will be possible thanks to a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle.
Stylish Looks Configured for Racing
State-of-the-art technology is at your fingertips inside the cockpit of the GT. All of the important driver controls are located on the F1-style steering wheel. There are no stalks jutting out from the wheel that could get in your way when reaching for the creating transmission paddle-shift controls. The dash is fully digital and configurable, catering to the environment and needs of the driver.
The driver and passenger seats are directly integrated into the carbon fiber shell of the car, which reduces the need for seat hardware. Of course, the GT has upward-swinging doors, so even the most snooty Lamborghini aficionados will turn their heads when you step out of your ride.
Supercar Predator on the Loose!
Nair told Car and Driver that the new GT was designed to hunt down its competition, namely the Ferrari 458 Speciale, the McLaren 650S and Lamborghini Aventador.
Enthusiasts may complain that the GT should have a V8 engine, not a V6, but Nair also emphasized the importance of showcasing the capabilities of EcoBoost in a supercar.
While it’s still too early for any GT track specifications (lap time, mileage, etc.), Ford has high hopes for the 2016 GT, and so do car enthusiasts everywhere.
Combined with the Mustang GT350 and GT350R, Ford has really outdone itself this auto show. We can’t wait to see what’s next.