The Ford GT is an American mid-engine two-seater sports car that is produced by Ford. The designers drew inspiration from Ford's GT40 racing cars of the 1960s. A completely redesigned Ford GT is planned to enter into production sometime in 2016. The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup. The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, amid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever. A next generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600hp. The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum, enabling outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency. Ford's commitment to and capability in delivering technologies typically offered only in elite vehicles is evident in the GT. Those include advanced active aerodynamics, such as a deployable rear spoiler and a host of material and technology innovations to help better serve the driver, such as SYNC 3, the latest version of Ford's advanced connectivity system.
The state-of-the-art chassis is suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height. The 20inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires featuring a unique compound and structure designed specifically for the Ford GT. Multi-spoke wheels encircle carbon-ceramic brake discs at all four corners. The narrow-profile canopy reduces frontal area and caps a purposeful interior state-of-the-art technology to ensure control, comfort and safety. The two-seat cockpit is accessed by upward-swinging doors and features driver and passenger seats integrated directly into the carbon fiber passenger cell. While it shares a legacy with class Ford racing and performance cars, the GT is a fully contemporary and functional shape that communicates modernity and pure beauty.
Few innovations provide a more wide ranging performance and efficiency advantage than reducing weight. All factors of a vehicle's capabilities, acceleration, handling, braking safety, efficiency can improve through the use of advanced, lighter materials. The upcoming GT features advanced lightweight composites, which will help serve Ford's entire product lineup moving forward. With the broad application of structural carbon fiber elements, the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car. Anchored by a carbon fiber passenger cell, the GT features aluminum front and rear sub-frames encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels. Carbon fiber is one of the world's strongest materials for its mass enabling an ultra-stiff foundation for chassis components, while creating a lighter overall package for increased dynamic performance and efficiency.
EcoBoost engines power a growing number of Ford performance models, including the new Mustang, just announced F-150 Raptor, as well as Fiesta ST and Focus ST. Based on the same race-proven engine architecture serving Ford's IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racing efforts, the next generation twin-turbocharged 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 in the GT features a wide power-band with impressive time-to-time-torque characteristics. The engine demonstrates remarkable efficiency, a key attribute of its endurance racing derived powertrain, where exceptional performance combined with efficiency is a critical competitive advantage. The GT features an all new port/direct fuel-injection setup to improve engine response, plus a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for near-instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control. Ford EcoBoost technology is available in every new Ford car, utility and light duty pickup in North America.
Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the GT design, actively reducing drag while downforce and stability. From its optimum tear-drop shape to its aircraft-inspired fuselage and visibility, enhancing curved windshield, every slope and shape is designed to minimize drag and optimize downforce. Although each surface on the GT is functionally crafted to manage airflow, it also features fully active aerodynamic components to improve braking, handling and stability. An active rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and pitch angle depending on conditions.
The GT is the latest proof point of the commitment by Ford Performance to bring more global performance vehicles to customers worldwide. Rumored to be priced within the low of $200,000 range, just under the price tag of the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
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