Ford has unveiled the 2016 Ford GT at the Detroit Motor Show. The supercar will begin production in 2016 and compete with the likes of McLaren, Ferrari and Lamborghini. The all-new GT is from among the 12 new Ford Performance vehicles that are scheduled to roll out till 2020. This absolute beauty will grace the streets in 2016, also marking the 50th year of Ford GT race cars completing a dominant 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 2016 Ford GT is a marvel, an absolute stunner to look at, what with the interplay of recesses, smooth curves, sharp creases culminating at the trimmed but muscular haunches. The throwback to its history is clearly evident from the face and the body. The aggressive and sporty character cannot be better manifested in any other way, good job Ford! The design while being painfully gorgeous follows functionality, with attention to weight savings and aerodynamics taking precedence above all else. Carbon fibre is prevalent, with the entire passenger cell being made from the material. Aluminium is another lightweight metal used in ample quantity; it is used for the front and rear section of the car with carbon fibre claddings. The headlights look like LED units while the ring shaped tail lights are also LEDs. The rear end is by far the most appealing with the giant carbon fibre diffuser, active spoiler, air extractors and centrally-mounted twin round exhausts.
Inside, the design is minimalistic and futuristic. The whole display cluster inside is completely digital and will have Ford’s Sync 3 in-car system. The weird bit is that the AC vents are mounted on the door trims with the door themselves opening upwards (which is pretty cool). The F1-style steering wheel houses all the necessary driver controls and is free of any stalks, which would otherwise hinder access to the paddle shifters.
The all-new Ford GT is rear-wheel drive and will derive power from a mid-mounted 3.5 litre, twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine. Ford claims that this is the most powerful EcoBoost engine producing north of 600 bhp and is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.Further details are awaited but expect them to be bombastic as the power-plant is based on the same mill used in Ford’s IMSA Daytona Prototype. Suspension is again the race-inspired torsion bar and pushrod setup with adjustable ride height, guaranteed to give the GT more teeth around corners. The five-spoke 20-inch wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres, basically affording the GT great levels of grip. Retarding the on-demand pace will be carbon-ceramic discs at all corners.
This is what Raj Nair, Ford group VP of Global Product Development had to say about its latest supercar, “The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar, 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.”
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