Ford has shocked the automotive world with the unveiling of an all-new GT supercar today at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The GT on show in Detroit isn’t a concept to be watered down by the time production rolls around but a preview of the car that will be hitting showrooms sometime in 2016.
It’s loaded with all the typical supercar cues such as a mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration, and a sleek, aerodynamic coupe body. The new generation will come packing an EcoBoost V-6 engine whose twin-turbochargers will help liberate more than 600 horsepower.
The engine is derived from the 3.5-liter mill fitted to the automaker’s Daytona Prototype competing last year in the United SportsCar Championship. Ford tells us that it features a wide powerband with impressive time-to-torque characteristics. Some of the new aspects of the design include updated direct-injection and valvetrain features, aimed at boosting performance and efficiency. The transmission, meanwhile, is a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle.
For the chassis, Ford has made extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum, to give the car an impressive power-to-weight ratio. The passenger cell is all carbon fiber, and mounted to this are aluminum front and rear subframes encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels—those are the sexy wings you see to side of the engine. The body, by the way, features active aerodynamics, such as a deployable rear spoiler.
The suspension consists of a racing-style torsion bar and pushrod setup, with adjustable ride height, and the wheels are a 20-inch set shod with Michelin PilotSuper Sport Cup 2 tires designed specifically for the new GT. Stopping power comes from carbon ceramic discs.
The new GT is just one of more than 12 exciting products from the recently established Ford Performance sub-brand due in showrooms between now and 2020.
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