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2017 Ford GT production version officially rolls off the line

Ford has disclosed that the first ever production version of its 2017 Ford GT has gotten off the assembly line. This signals the start of production of a model that was first revealed during the 2015 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. This means that the brand will be able to deliver to customers a model nearly two years after it was initially unveiled.

The 2017 Ford GT is being manufactured at the brand’s Multimatic facility located in Markham, Ontario. Regarding this important milestone, Ford Executive Vice-President for Global Product Development Raj Nair shared that at the start of 2016, Ford had two main objectives. The first is that the brand would be able to experience success during the Le Mans with the second being able to begin deliveries before the end of 2016. Nair said he is proud to say the brand has managed to achieve both. Aside from being VP, Nair is also the Chief Technical Officer at Ford.

Nair continued by saying that this indeed marks a celebration for everyone who was part of making this model a reality. This includes the design team and even all the employees as well as the suppliers. Through the Ford GT, the brand hopes to show that it remains committed to offering customers more and to prove how strong it is when it comes to innovation, Nair added. Examples include the EcoBoost engine technologies, aerodynamics, and use of lightweight materials.

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2017 Ford GT supercar achieves 216 mph top speed with its 647 hp and 550 lb.-ft. Ecoboost V6 engine

American carmaker Ford Motor Co. has already commenced production of its new face, the 2017 Ford GT with executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. and chief executive Mark Fields getting the first and second examples. Ever since its introduction two years ago at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the next generation of the Ford GT has shown its complete exterior and interior. It proved to be a splendid supercar, with demand easily surpassing the planned production numbers.

The carmaker had said that the new 2017 Ford GT will be powered by a Ford EcoBoost 3.5-liter bi-turbo V6 engine that could deliver at least 600 hp. But that was all it for the technical specs of the new-gen 2017 Ford GT. But what caught many people by surprise was the fact that although Ford has yet to release the complete technical specs of the 2017 Ford GT, its fuel economy ratings of the model were disclosed first. Typically, technical specs like power output and torque as well as acceleration and top speed figures are announced before or at the same time as the estimated fuel economy ratings.

Finally, Ford has become kind enough to disclose the technical specs of the new 2017 Ford GT. According to the US carmaker, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine in the new Ford GT is SAE-rated to deliver up to 647 hp of output and up to 550 lb.-ft. of peak torque. This makes this engine the most powerful – in terms of hp – among EcoBoost production engines. Thanks to the wide power band of this EcoBoost engine, it could generate 90 percent of peak torque starting from 3,500 rpm. Since the new Ford GT has a dry weight of around 3,000 lbs (1,385 kg), it boasts of an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 4.72 lbs per hp.

Read the entire article 2017 Ford GT supercar achieves 216 mph top speed with its 647 hp and 550 lb.-ft. Ecoboost V6 engine

US EPA releases fuel economy ratings for 2017 Ford GT

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially released the fuel economy ratings of the 2017 Ford GT. According to the EPA, the 2017 Ford GT has a fuel economy rating of 11 mpg for city and 18 mpg for highway. Combined fuel economy rating meanwhile is measured at 14 mpg.

The figures reveal that owners will be expected to spend an additional $2,850 per year in fuel costs. For a 5-year spread, owners are likely to spend as much as $8,000. Though this may appear to be an added cost, given that the 2017 Ford GT has MSRP at $400,000, it may appear to be a paltry sum. According to various estimates, it will also mean owners will have to spend an additional $3,000 for the Gas Guzzler Tax.

However, many enthusiasts consider these figures to be rather dismal. Even if the previous generation of the GT did not have good figures as well, it continues to be better than the new model. Fuel economy rating for prior GT is at 12 mpg with highway at 19 mpg. Combined rating though is the same at 14 mpg.

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Zero to 60 Designs revises GTT logo to distinguish it from Mustang GT, Ford GT

Celebrated tuner Zero to 60 Designs revealed that when it displayed its GTT Concept car during the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (2016 SEMA Show) held in Las Vegas, the model was received well by many of those who participated. However the tuning company said while the most of the attention was positive, the legal team of Ford communicated with the company regarding the concept car. To its credit, said legal team did not issue a cease-and-desist letter but instead wanted clarification with the name.

In line with this and in order to avoid additional confusion, the tuner said that it will be redesigning the logo and that the official name is not the Ford Mustang GTT but instead Zero to 60 Designs GTT. This move to avoid any legal issues is not without basis as such things are common in the industry. California-based Singer Vehicle Design for example had to face legal action initiated by Porsche to make sure that the modified cars by the latter was not made by the former.

Thus the practice now is to name it as the Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer Vehicle Design. It is obvious that Zero to 60 Designs does not want to experience the same with Ford. Zero to 60 Designs though reveals that it has never called its concept car as the Ford Mustang GTT and it is likely that the confusion is due to the phrase being used by several automotive-related publications.

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The new 2017 Ford GT supercar has yet to hit the market in early 2018, but a tribute model is already on the way – the Zero to 60 GTT.

Basically a custom Ford Mustang that has been heavily modified to look like the latest Ford GT, the new 2017 Zero to 60 GTT will be displayed in the SCT Performance Booth (Booth #61018) booth at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new GTT – which stands for “Grand Turismo Tribute” was a brainchild of auto designer and lead fabricator Kenny Pfitzer.

To make the base Mustang look similar to the 2017 Ford GT, Zero to 60 Design stretched its hood forward and fabricated a huge air intake. In addition, Zero to 60 molded two large air extractors – both featuring a similar shape to those on the Ford GT -- into the hood and stretched its fenders. The Zero to 60 GTT is provided with huge side skirts that guide air into two large air inlets located forward the rear wheels – a configuration similar to the aero tunnels on the GT.

Read the entire article 2016 SEMA Show: Zero to 60 unveils GTT or a Mustang inspired by Ford GT

Exactly 50 years after Ford’s first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it has once again bagged the win in this year’s competition. At the 20th hour of the race, in what seemed to be déjà vu, the No. 68 Ford GT took the lead and snatched the title from the No. 82 Ferrari.

This year’s win is as historic as when it first won at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours. What better way to pay homage to the car that has made Ford the first American automaker to win at the prestigious event than to win it again on its golden anniversary. It truly is a proud moment for Ford and to kick off the celebrations, Ford is releasing a limited edition 2017 Ford GT.

The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is as stunning as the “standard” 2017 GT but its features commemorate the 1966 GT40 driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at the 1966 Le Mans. This limited edition GT has a Shadow Black exterior that comes in either a gloss or matte finish with silver stripes and some exposed carbon fiber. To further pay homage to the original GT40, the ’66 Heritage edition will also feature a Frozen White #2 graphic on its hood as well as on its doors. Additional exterior enhancements include the 20-inch one-piece forged aluminium wheels dressed in gold satin clearcoat and dotted with black lug nuts.

Read the entire article 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition pays homage to 1966 Le Mans Winning Ford GT

The 24 Hours of Le Mans or sometimes called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency” is an annual active sports car race held near the town of Le Mans in France. It is considered as the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing since it started in 1923. The race is held along the Circuit de la Sarthe which is mostly composed of closed public roads and a specialist racing circuit. It is one of the ultimate tests of endurance in the automotive world where teams are to race for 24 hours without sustaining any mechanical damages on their vehicles. They must also be able to balance speed while speeding through the race track.

In the early 1960s, Henry Ford II envisioned one of their American chariots to join the prestigious Le Mans race. From that dream came one of the most celebrated Ford creations – the GT40. Short for “Grand Touring” and representing its 40-inch overall height, the GT40 was built to make a name in the endurance racing circuit. It was a high performance racing car built to outperform its competitors in the field of international endurance racing. Its main goal was to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and to beat Italian automaker Ferrari, the then six-time defending champion.

True enough, the GT40 was built to stand out in the race circuit. It won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for four consecutive years. First was the 1-2-3 finish in 1966 via the MK II version for which Ford became the first American manufacturer to win the said event. The next victory was in 1967 with the MK IV which was the only car at the Le Mans that was purely American made. And the next two winnings were in 1968 and 1969 for which the MK I GT40 became the first car in the history of Le Mans that had the same chassis and was able to win the race more than once. The GT40 truly has served its purpose during those years.

Read the entire article Ford GT marks another historical win at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours

The all-new Ford GT supercar was first introduced during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The supercar was a sure-fire hit during the said event even when Ford released only a few details. The Ford GT prototype put on display during the event was just the concept version of the supercar but it already looked production-ready.

It has been Ford’s brainchild for quite some time already but has only been under a year of working progress. The car is expected to be out in 2017 which is quite amazing knowing that it is still in its developmental stage.

There’s not much information on the Ford GT but one thing’s for sure, the supercar will be powered by a mid-engine twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. Its engine is powerful enough to produce 600 horsepower. Ford isn’t aiming to earn top speed records for the GT but will definitely focus on ultimate handling and lap times. The automaker is planning on taking the GT to Le Mans for testing which apparently is a non-verbal threat to Ferrari.

Read the entire article Annual production of Ford GT still at 250 units despite overwhelming interest

Want to own an all-new Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercar? Ford has recently opened its doors to those interested in availing of this limited production Ford GT. Applications are accepted at FordGT.com, with applicants being given an opportunity to select their preferred Ford dealership.

If their application is approved, these applicants could complete their purchase of the new Ford GT with the assistance of the new Ford GT Concierge Service, thereby making them experience a whole new level of personalization when it comes to buying a car.

Those whose applications were accepted will be contacted by the Ford GT Concierge Service and will be treated to a tailored experience in ordering and taking delivery as well as in the years of ownership. The first round of the application process closes on May 12.

Read the entire article Ford is now accepting applications for the GT supercar

In recognition of Ford’s numerous achievements in past Le Mans races, organizers Automobile Club de l'Quest (ACO) allowed all four Ford GT cars to participate in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours. This comes fifty years after Ford's historic domination of the 1966 Le Mans with Ford cars occupying the first, second and third spots of the final result.

It turns out that the memorable 1966 Le Mans finish was just the start as Ford went on to win four consecutive times from 1966 to 1969. Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director, thanked ACO for allowing all four Ford GTs on the Le Mans entry list, adding that no one is really guaranteed entry to the prestigious annual race.

Representing Ford in the race will be its all-new generation Ford GT super car, the zenith of Ford's Performance Division. This model is set to compete for the GTE Pro Class this coming June18-19. The new car will feature a lightweight carbon fiber body, an efficient but powerful Ford EcoBoost engine, as well as an aerodynamically tested-design.

Read the entire article Four Ford GT race cars to compete in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race

At the 2016 North American International Auto Show, Ford is giving away limited edition build-it-yourself Ford GT snap kits. Following the partnership of Ford and Revell in 2013, which saw the arrival of the popular Mustang and Raptor snap kits, the latest collaboration is based on the Ford GT.

As it culminates in 14 easily assembled pieces and takes only minutes to create, the limited edition collector’s item will surely delight kids. The shop model is not as simple, having 28 pieces taking up to quarter of an hour to build, the Ford GT model will be available in shops at $14.99.

Ford knows the importance of attracting the younger consumer and it is doing just that by introducing children to the Ford brand and the joy of kit building. It is becoming somewhat of a Ford Car Show tradition since it first commenced in 2013.

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CES 2016 will witness the returning face of Ford Motor Company. There will be on-stage evidence of the company’s ongoing holistic measures that promise innovative products and services for the convenience of its customers.

Ford Motor Company, which is headed by President and CEO Mark Fields, had first presented itself in CES nine years ago. In fact, it was the first automobile manufacturer to have a marked presence in the show in that era. Mark revealed that the company was all set to put a step forward again in the same direction in 2016 by showcasing its Ford Smart Mobility Plan at the CES.

Ford Motors works consistently to find innovative methods and smart solutions in the world of automobiles so that customers get a richer experience, the world gets more connected and mobile, better autonomous vehicles are produced, and research data and analytics become enhanced.

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You may have heard about specific car models that have sold a little above $100,000 or, at most, $200,000. Very impressive figures, but these figures are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how expensive cars can be when it comes to auctions where everyone tries to outbid each other by raising offers.

Yes, the Tesla Model S P85D and the new Ford GT are, without a doubt, excellent models of American cars. However, they are not the priciest, so to speak. If you’ve been avidly following auto news, you’ll find that prices for the most expensive cars in America have been skyrocketing beginning in 2004.

The bar is actually at $4 million and higher! These are not your ordinary cars either; these include historic examples that are decades older than the first car you’ve driven. Of course, European cars have always fetched an auspicious price when it comes to auctions, especially Ferraris, but it would be interesting to look at what prices American cars have been auctioned for.

Read the entire article Top 10 American classic cars and the staggering prices they fetch at auctions

Carbon fiber wheels may soon become a new trend for Ford’s muscle cars. There have been reports that the new Mustang GT that debuted at the North American International Auto Show could be fitted with wheels made with this lightweight material as well.

Carbon fiber wheels made their debut with the Shelby Mustang GT350R, although it’s not a standard feature. Instead, it is an option for buyers who would like to further make their new vehicles lighter and, thus, more powerful.

Moreover, the reports allege that an Australian company named Carbon Revolution is exclusively manufacturing the wheels, which are incredibly lightweight at only 18 pounds each, for Ford’s new GT supercar.

Read the entire article 2017 Ford GT could have carbon-fiber wheels, but only as an option, spokesman says

Ford discloses that its newest GT race car will make its European racing debut at the U.K. Silverstone Circuit in April 2016. The GT was originally shown last June at Le Mans. For the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship’s (WEC) opening round, Ford will line up two cars.

They are then expected to compete for the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy during the GT-Endurance Pro Class. This is merely the first of nine rounds that have been revealed by FIA to occur in 2016. It will be during this series that the brand will once again participate in the Le Sarthe circuit in France.

This is the same series that the GT40 won 50 years ago, the first of its four consecutive Le Mans titles. It is lightweight, carries the EcoBoost power, and has been applied with the latest advances in aerodynamic, making the GT a powerful race car.

Read the entire article Ford to debut new GT at UK Silverstone Circuit in April 2016

If yesterday it was just a rumor, today it became official: Ford will be back at Le Mans in 2016 and the all-new GT supercar will compete in LM GTE Pro class. According to the American manufacturer, the al-new Ford GT race car will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 overall victory (1-2-3).

The new Ford GT race car was unveiled today at the famous circuit in Le Mans and will be prepared to run the full 2016 schedules of the FIA World Endurance Championship as well as TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The competition debut will be made in January 2016 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Florida. Ford’s new vehicle will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine that debuted in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, but there are no details regarding the power delivered.

Read the entire article 2016 Ford GT race car officially unveiled, prepares for Le Mans

Multimatic Motorsports has been tasked to build the Ford GT supercar that was unveiled in Detroit in January. The Canadian-based company will start building the 600-hp GT in 2016 in Toronto. Ford confirmed production plans for the GT at the Toronto auto show, held near Multimatic’s headquarters.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said at the show that the carmaker will benefit from Multimatic’s experience with carbon fiber, noting that the companies have been collaborating for 30 years.

Ford’s executive chairman, Bill Ford, remarked in January that the GT would be built in a “purpose-built” facility, rather than a traditional site. Under the umbrella of its new Ford Performance division, Ford is rolling out 12 vehicles that include the GT, the Focus RS, F-150 Raptor and Mustang GT 350R.

Read the entire article Ford taps Multimatic Motorsports to build GT supercar

Ford had the biggest surprise for us at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as the American manufacturer unveiled the all-new GT supercar. The new Ford GT promises to set new standards and according to the company it will go into production in 2016. Under the hood, there is a next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 petrol engine that produces more than 600 hp.

When it comes to design, the new Ford GT looks amazing and pays tribute to the original GT. What’s more interesting is that the 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires that feature a unique compound and structure designed specifically for the Ford GT. The multi-spoke wheels hide ceramic brake discs at all four corners.

The two seat-cockpit can be accessed using the upward-swinging doors, while the seats are integrated directly into the carbon fiber passenger cell. According to Ford, this configuration reduces seating hardware and weight. Because the seats are fixed, the Ford GT features adjustable pedals and steering column in order to accommodate a very wide range of driver statures.

Read the entire article 2015 Detroit Auto Show: Ford debuts the all-new GT supercar, will go into production in 2016

Ford will celebrate in 2016 the 50th anniversary of its first of four consecutive victories from the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. In order to properly celebrate the anniversary it appears that Ford is preparing the biggest surprise for its fans and will bring back the GT for 2016. According to company insiders, Ford already started working on a mid-engined supercar that will take on other high-performance models.

What’s more interesting is that Ford is also preparing to return to Le Mans and take to the top of the podium. The old Ford GT used a 5.8-liter V8 engine but raking in consideration that the manufacturer started supplying engines to Daytona Prototype cars in the Tudor racing series, we might see that engine on the upcoming supercar.

A 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine that delivers 600 hp helped a Chip Ganassi Racing/Felix Sabates Riley car win the 12 Hours of Sebring. Still, a proper supercar needs a proper V8 sound and the current 5.0-liter V8 used by the 2015 Mustang GT could also be a solution.

Read the entire article Ford already working on a GT successor, could return to Le Mans

Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) unveiled its first coach-built supercar at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. Dubbed Galpin Ford GTR1, the new supercar is a vision of what the Ford GT may have looked and performed, if the American manufacturer continued its evolution. The first prototype was finalized late last year, but it took 12,000 man hours for renowned concept car builder, Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, to build the aluminum body.

Galpin has worked with Metalcrafters to offer owners the choice of ordering their GTR1 in either a carbon fiber body or an aluminum body. Metalcrafters has several decades of experience providing carbon fiber bodies for a number of established supercar manufacturers and world champion race teams.

Under the hood of the GTR1, Galpin installed a twin-turbocharged 5.4-liter V8 specially tuned to produce 1024 horsepower and 739 pound feet of torque. As a result, it zooms from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in approximately three seconds and has a top speed in excess of 225 mph or 362 km/h. Due to this numbers, Galpin developed a special set of carbon-carbon brake rotors normally found on the F22 fighter jet, Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Formula One racing cars. The rotors were crafted and paired with Brembo six-piston calipers.

Read the entire article Galpin Ford GTR1 debuts at the Quail
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