Set to be launched in late 2016, the new Ford GT serves as a technology showcase for the EcoBoost performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fibre construction.
The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell.
It is powered by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower, mateched to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, with a carbon fibre passenger cell, and aluminium front and rear subframes encapsulated in structural carbon fibre body panels.
The tear-drop shape, the aircraft-inspired fuselage and the curved windshield were designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, with the narrow-profile canopy reducing frontal area.
The aerodynamic performance also benefits from an array of active elements that reduce drag while aiding downforce and stability. Among these is the active rear spoiler, keyed to both speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.
The chassis is suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height.
The 20-in wheels are fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres 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 debut of the new GT will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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.
The two-seat cockpit is accessed by upward-swinging doors, and features driver and passenger seats integrated directly into the carbon fibre 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.