It’s a proud moment for Detroit. The doors at the 2015 North American International Auto show were barely open before Ford dropped a game changer. The 2016 Ford GT Supercar is the story of the show, a vehicle that speaks volumes about Ford’s commitment to innovation.
The new Ford GT is powerful, sexy and fast. And if it weren’t for that familiar blue oval, you might think this was the product of a boutique Italian coach builder. Nope. It’s a Ford, and that makes me proud.
The Ford GT is lightweight, aerodynamic, powerful and efficient. Its structure comprises aluminum front and rear subframes that are encapsulated in carbon fiber body panels. Even the mechanical systems are trimmed down with lightweight structural elements, an effort to shed every ounce of weight possible. This structure is then styled and engineered with both passive and active aerodynamic systems that get the most out of the engine in the rear of the car.
The 2016 Ford GT Supercar is powered by an Ecoboost twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 600 horsepower. That is an unreal amount of power out of a V6, and it is the most powerful Ecoboost engine Ford has ever built. That power combines with the lightweight engineering effort to yield an efficient, supremely powerful performance vehicle.
This new GT is a huge step forward for Ford. While the GT is as progressive a vehicle as a modern manufacturer could achieve, it’s built with a sense of history. The Ford GT is a very significant vehicle in Ford’s history, drawing back to the 1960s when Ford was a direct challenger to brands like Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford unseated Ferrari in 1966, a moment when performance and muscle turned back to American innovation. This new Ford GT is designed to do the same– to show that American innovation is alive, kicking, and racing its way toward the next finish line.
Nice work, Ford. Let me know when this baby is available for a test drive. [via press release]