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

Article by Christian A., on January 12, 2015

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.

Press Release

2017 Ford GT

Ford unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

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.

Beginning production in late 2016, the Ford GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it's worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack," said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, referring to Henry Ford's win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. "We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people's hearts pound."

The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-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 600 horsepower.

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. These 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 GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. "GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford's future product portfolio - another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers."

Carbon fiber innovation

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 all-new Ford 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 subframes 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.

Most powerful production EcoBoost ever

Ford EcoBoost technology is available in every new Ford car, utility and light-duty pickup in North America beginning this year.

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-liter EcoBoost V6 in the GT features a wide powerband with impressive time-to-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.

Ford's twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 raced to three wins in its first season of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, including a win in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring, along with seven podiums over more than 15,000 endurance racing miles.

The Ford GT features an all-new, port/direct dual 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.

Aero innovation gets active

Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the GT design, actively reducing drag while aiding 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/or pitch angle depending on conditions.

Designed for purpose

While it shares a legacy with classic Ford racing and performance cars, GT is a fully contemporary and functional shape that communicates modernity and pure beauty.

The state-of-the-art chassis is suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height. The 20-inch 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 that provides 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.

This configuration significantly reduces seating hardware and weight, and provides a consistent and direct sensory connection to the chassis. The fixed seating is combined with adjustable pedals and steering column to accommodate a very wide range of driver statures.

An F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, creating a stalkless steering column that allows uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls. A fully digital and configurable instrument cluster provides a wealth of driver-focused data. The display is configurable for multiple driving environments and different driving modes.

"While we hope enthusiasts rejoice about this all-new GT, all Ford customers will benefit from the ultimate performance Ford and its new-generation innovations," said Nair.

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