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.
With Ford picking Multimatic as the builder of choice for the GT, expectations rise that the carmaker will use the supercar for its return to the 24 Hours of LeMans race next year.
Ford executives have quipped that the GT was conceived to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its 1966 LeMans victory. Likewise, Multimatic was part of the team that secured the LMP675 class in the 2000 LeMans race and has worked with Ford since 1992. Analysts are expecting Ford to assemble only a few hundred GTs annually and sell it at price of over $200,000.
Weight reduction has always been considered as an effective way to improve a vehicle’s overall performance and efficiency. Just by employing advanced, lighter materials, a carmaker could make a vehicle safer and more efficient, while improving its levels of handling, acceleration and braking.
To this end, the all-new Ford GT makes use of advanced lightweight composites, which will soon be employed by other vehicles in Ford’s product lineup. Boasting of extensive use of structural carbon fiber elements, the new Ford GT is expected to offer one of the best power-to-weight ratios by a production car.
The carbon fiber passenger cell of the new Ford GT is complemented by aluminum front and rear sub-frames, as encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels. The use of carbon fiber allow the chassis components to be extra-stiff while delivering a lighter overall package, enabling the new Ford GT to hike its levels of performance and efficiency.
Power for the new Ford GT is served by the next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Starting this year, Ford’s EcoBoost technology will be available in every new Ford car, utility vehicle and light-duty pickup in North America. EcoBoost engines are now the cores of a growing number of Ford performance models, like the new Mustang, F-150 Raptor, Fiesta ST and Focus ST.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the new Ford GT is derived from the same race-proven engine architecture underpinning Ford's IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racers, offering a wide power band as well as outstanding time-to-torque characteristics.