The all-new Ford GT has just been revealed to the world, presenting itself as an ultra-high-performance supercar that also serves a technology showcase for a number of the carmaker’s innovations.
Embodying EcoBoost performance, lightweight carbon fiber construction as well as aerodynamics, the new Ford GT is one of over 12 new Ford Performance vehicles that the carmaker is planning to launch by the end of the decade, joining the F-150 Raptor, Focus RS, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R. Ford will commence production of the Ford GT in late 2016. The carmaker will start selling the new car in select global markets as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars winning the top 3 positions at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, remarked that Ford imparts innovation into every part of its business, noting that the company’s first innovation was made on the racetrack. Fields was referring to a 1901 race that Henry Ford managed to win, thereby winning the hearts of financial investors. Fields remarked that Ford is passionate about innovation through performance as well as about creating vehicles that could make people's hearts beat faster.
One of these vehicles is the rear-wheel drive Ford GT supercar with a wind-cheating two-door coupe body shell, as powered by a mid-mounted next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine that delivers more than 600 hp of output. The all-new GT extensively employs lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum, allowing this car to offer superb acceleration and handling as well as higher levels of efficiency.
The carmaker’s commitment to technologies usually found only in elite vehicles is fulfilled in the all-new Ford GT, as evident on the inclusion of advanced active aerodynamics like a deployable rear spoiler. The GT also comes with an array of material and technology innovations like the SYNC 3 advanced connectivity system.
Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, called the all-new GT as the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar. He noted that the new GT is laden with innovations and technologies that could also be implemented on Ford's future product portfolio. Nair noted that this is proof that Ford is continually raising the performance bar.
Weight reduction has been considered as a sure-fire way to improve performance and efficiency. By employing advanced, lighter materials, Ford could improve a vehicle’s capabilities like its acceleration, efficiency, braking, handling and safety. As for the Ford GT, this new supercar makes use of advanced lightweight composites that could help improve Ford's future product lineup. Thanks to a wide-ranging application of structural carbon fiber elements, the new GT could deliver one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.
Aside from its carbon fiber passenger cell, the new GT also makes use of structural carbon fiber body panels, as supported by aluminum front and rear subframes. Carbon fiber is regarded as one of the strongest yet mostlightweight materials, making it ideal as an ultra-stiff base for chassis components. Likewise, carbon fiber helps create a lighter overall package that allows a vehicle to heighten both its performance and efficiency.
On the other hand, every new Ford car, light-duty pickup and utility in North America will be available with Ford EcoBoost technology starting this year. More and more Ford performance models – like the new Mustang, the new F-150-Raptor, the new Fiesta ST and new Focus ST – are being powered by EcoBoost engines. Now, the new Ford GT is joining this lineup, equipped with the next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 mill.
Derived from the same race-proven engine architecture employed by the carmaker’s IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance projects, this new unit boasts of a wide power band as well as time-to-torque attributes. In fact, this endurance racing-derived powertrain offers a high level of efficiency, greatly helping its potent nature.
The twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine found in Ford’s endurance racers managed to log three wins in its first season of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, including one in the 12 Hours of Sebring. This engine also allowed Ford’s endurance racers to achieve seven podium finishes in more than 15,000 endurance racing miles.
In the Ford GT application, this twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine is complemented by an all-new, port/direct dual fuel-injection setup for enhanced engine response as well as a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. Power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle transmission.
The all-new Ford GT boasts of a wind-cheating aerodynamic design, as it could actively reduce drag while generating downforce. Every slope and shape help minimize drag while optimizing downforce, as made possible by its tear-drop shape, aircraft-inspired fuselage and its curved windshield.
In addition, the new Ford GT comes with active aerodynamic components that help enhance its braking and handling performance while making it more stable. For instance, the new GT has an active rear spoiler that acts according to speed and driver input. It could reactively deploy and adjust its height or even pitch angle according to current conditions.