Reborn Ford GT supercar revealed at the 2015 Detroit motor show, set to rival the Lamborghini Huracan, new turbo Ferrari 458 and McLaren 650S.
Ford has today revealed its rumored successor to the Ford GT supercar – a lightweight innovative mid-engine performance model that will compete with exotics from Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren.
The last Ford GT was powered by a big thirsty supercharged V8, but in a move that may worry purists the new model will not feature an eight cylinder engine. Instead it will use a more fuel efficient 3.5-litre Ecoboost twin-turbo V6 that produces over 600hp. The new model sticks to its predecessor’s rear-wheel drive layout, however a manual gearbox will not be available instead a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle unit is used.
To reduce weight and improve structural rigidity, the new Ford GT uses a carbon fibre passenger cell similar to that used in McLaren’s road cars and the Lamborghini Aventador. Aluminum front and rear subframes support the GT’s lightweight ethos, and Ford claims its Ferrari-fighter will have one of the best power to weight ratios in the business. Performance and weight figures haven’t been specified but low threes to 62mph and over 200mph top speed are expected.
Inspired by modern fighter jets and the original Le Mans winning GT40 racecars of the late ‘60s, the new GT has been designed to give maximum high-speed stability and minimal drag. The car’s teardrop shaped passenger compartment and engine cover also give a stylish but functional aesthetic that exaggerates the width of the car creating a dramatic design. A number of active aerodynamic systems including a rear wing which automatically raises, lowers and adjusts its angle also help to increase down force without compromising high-speed drag.
Indoors the GT feature’s a high-tech interior with F1-style steering wheel housing many buttons and switches. There’s a simplicity and slightly retro flare to the overall interior design which the new GT has in common with its predecessor.
The Ford GT supercar is expected to go on sale in 2016 and will only be available in left-hand drive.