New Ford GT prototype spied
Spy pictures of the new Ford GT are here, and the car will go on sale at the end of 2016.
Ford first unveiled the new Ford GT at the Detroit Motor show in January, this year and it was also showcased in Geneva in March. The road car is set to take on the likes the Lamborghini Aventador.
The company has confirmed that the show car is very close to the production version. The spied prototype version of the Ford GT discards the bright blue paintwork which was witnessed at the show but retains the original shape of the concept.
The road car version of the GT will be built in Canada by Multimatic Motorsport. Multimatic Motorsport holds a long heritage and has competed in the Firestone Firehawk Series, Motorola Cup, IMSA Sports Car Championship, Grand American Road Racing Association, American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Cup, Rolex Sports Car Series, KONI Sports Car Challenge and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ford's group vice president and chief technical officer, Raj Nair said: "It will be made in a limited series, even more exclusive than the 2005 GT. |
The new Ford GT will get a mid-mounted 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine which will deliver power over 600bhp. This engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Thanks to a carbonfibre body and aluminum structures the GT will have one of the best power-to-weight ratios "of any production car".
Performance figures of the Ford GT are yet to be revealed, however, Ford says the new model will offer “outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency". The new GT retains some of the styling cues from the old GTs by sitting low and wide and riding on 20-inch wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup rubber. The car has a suspension set-up of torsion bars and pushrods and incorporates adjustable ride height settings. Carbon-ceramic brake discs feature in all four wheels. It also features a rear wing that is height and pitch adjustable depending on driver input, and a large rear diffuser.
"Aero plays key role in efficiency - there's fully active aero. The teardrop shape is very efficient and the body surfaces reduce drag," said Nair. "It's important to improve aerodynamics to aid efficiency, and also cooling, because these smaller, power-dense engines need plenty of cooling."
Inside, the two-seat GT offers a 'purposeful' interior, which is accessed via upward-swinging doors. The driver and passenger seats are bolted directly into the floor.
Production of the Ford GT will begin late next year and will reach showrooms before the end of 2016, internationally. New Ford GT prototype spied | Car News | Super cars | Autocar India