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|2005 Ford GT||Incumbent|
The Ford GT40 was a purpose-built car that was designed to put Enzo Ferrari in his place at Le Mans,and it did just that. Unfortunately, it was only produced for two years before being discontinued but, for 2017,Ford is debuting the second generation that will be known as the Ford GT. On the outside, there are plenty of hints that point back to the GT40, like the overhang at the front fascia and the air intakes behind the rear doors, but otherwise, the car is sleeker and looks much more modern and supercar-ish. Inside, the car is built for control and usability. The seats are integrated into the shell to give the drive a better overall feel, and the car features an adjustable steering wheel and pedals. There are two display screens and soft touch surfaces here and there. While it was expected to use a turbocharged version of the flat-plane crank V-8 from the GT350 Mustang, Ford decided to go with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost unit with twin turbochargers. No specifics have been provided as of yet, but it should deliver at least 600 horses.
The best news so far is the fact that Ford decided to skip going with an all-wheel-drive setup, and instead decided to stick with the traditional rear-wheel-drive orientation, making the new Ford GT a true driver’s car. All told, the new Ford GT is hands down, the best supercar to ever be developed in the history of the blue oval brand. With a legendary history behind it and modern materials throughout, the Ford GT is sure to recreate and surpass the Ford GT40’s success.
The new Ford GT has a design that instantly recognizable when viewed with its older siblings. The mid-engine design lends itself to a long wedge shape, and the car has the signature sloped GT nose with the dual ducts in the front that create a menacing and memorable look. The rear of the car looks far more modern than past GTs, with round hips, crisp cuts near the taillights reminiscent of modern Ferrari s, and set of flying buttress wings for extra downforce. There is also a huge set of canon exhaust outlets mounted high-center and the lower part features an aggressive rear diffuser.
Compared to old cars, the new model is much more sleek, and looks less like a fast wedge carved from a brick.
The greenhouse is less open and wide than previous cars, making for a more aerodynamic design that tapers inward toward the top. Compared to old cars, the new model is much more sleek, and looks less like a fast wedge carved from a brick.
There are still lots of subtle details that harken back to the old models like the outboard circular taillamps. This new and exciting shape is made from carbon fiber to help reduce overall weight. To make sure the car is as fast as possible while maintain stability, each and every curve you see has been fine-tuned for a specific purpose. The windshield is sloped and rounded to cut drag while improving visibility, and the rear spoiler will actively adjust based on conditions.
With such a different shape, Ford had to give the GT elegant upward-swinging doors to make it easier to enter and exit the cockpit.
Ford offers eight colors for the GT’s exterior. The palette includes classic hues such as Frozen White, Shadow Black, Ingot Silver, and Liquid Grey, but also bright, vivid colors such as Liquid Blue, the paint in which the concept car debuted, Liquid Red, and Triple Yellow. Those looking for a more menacing appearance can also have the supercar finished in Matte Black. All colors can be paired to a twin-stripe package that pays homage to the original GT40. Stripe color options include Frozen White, Shadow Black, Ingot Silver, Alloy, Lightning Blue, Race Red, and Competition Orange. Finally, the exterior can be further customized with front, rear, and side lower elements in either Shadow Black, Matte Carbon Fiber, or Gloss Carbon Fiber.
Wheel options include 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum and 20-inch carbon-fiber rollers. The former are available Graphite with black nuts, Gloss Black with black nuts, or Silver with chrome nuts, while the latter can be had in either matte or gloss finish. The brake calipers are offered in no fewer than five colors, a first for Ford. Customers can choose between black, silver, blue, red, and orange.
Next-Generation Carbon-Fiber Wheels
Ford uses the GT supercar to introduce its next-generation carbon-fiber wheels. The second Ford vehicle to use the technology after the Shelby GT350R, the GT will become available with the latest iteration of carbon-fiber wheels that feature "new advanced fiber and resin compounds that allow more intricately styled wheel options." The new technology permits greater design flexibility, which results in flowing, more intricate spokes. Of course, carbon-fiber wheels also bring numerous advantages over traditional aluminum wheels, including weight savings, improved dynamics and ride quality.
The carbon-fiber rollers will be available as optional upgrades over the standard forged aluminum wheels. Unlike the Shelby Shelby GT350R’s black-painted carbon fiber wheels, Ford GT Ford GT wheels will be offered in two finishes – either a matte or a glossy clear coat, which allows the carbon-fiber weave to show through and match the two exposed carbon finishes available on the side sills and front splitter.
Industry-First Gorilla Glass Hybrid Windshield
On top of being a cool-looking supercar that pays homage to the iconic GT40, the new GT will also be the first production vehicle to feature a gorilla glass windshield. For those not familiar with the term, gorilla glass is a type of glass that’s designed to be thin, light, and damage resistant. Devel Devel oped by Corning Inc., the material has numerous applications in consumer electronics, being used as cover glass for portable devices, including mobile phones, tablets, and laptops.
But unlike the aforementioned items, the GT won’t employ standard gorilla glass, but a hybrid technology with a three-layer hybrid window consisting of gorilla glass specifically designed by Corning for automotive applications, thermoplastic, and annealed glass. According to Ford, this hybrid windshield is thinner than traditional laminate glass and will improve handling by lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity. At the same time, it will make the car’s windshield tougher, more durable, and scratch-resistant. Moreover, being about 30-percent lighter than traditional glass, it will reduce the vehicle’s weight by more than 12 pounds, which will positively impact acceleration, fuel economy, and braking performance.
The hybrid glass will be used on both the windshield and the rear engine cover of the Ford GT. The new technology was already tested over stone and in rough road conditions, and "had to endure specific projectile, rollover and wind tunnel testing."
As fitting for such a purposeful machine, the GT’s cockpit is designed for control and usability. The seats are directly integrated into the car’s monocoque shell. This provides a direct connection to the chassis, and gives the driver a better feel for how the car is behaving. With a fixed seating position, the GT has an adjustable steering wheel and pedals to make sure that drivers of various shapes and sizes can get their driving position just right.
Ford has taken a page out of Ferrari’s book, and given the GT an F1-inspired steering wheel with all the needed controls for car function mounted to it. This opens up the steering column and gives you uncluttered access to the shift paddles used to control the ’GTs transmission.
The gauge cluster is just a large LCD display that is configurable to display carious levels of information. There are multiple modes that can be chosen and activated to display different types of information depending on the type of driving, or driver preference.
While everyone, myself included, expected Ford to dump a forced induction version of the new flat-plane crank V-8 found in the GT350 Mustang, but it threw all of us for a loop. Sitting behind the seats of the GT is a new 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 that makes use of two turbos. This next-generation EcoBoost motor was based on the engine Ford used in its IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racer. Ford isn’t giving us an exact number, but says this is the most powerful production EcoBoost ever with more than 600 rampaging ponies. No word on torque, but expect it to be a similar number.
Ford is able to squeeze so much power out of such a small engine thanks to a huge pile of enhancements that include a combination port/direct injection system, low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain and of course those two turbochargers. Sending that power to the wheels is a seven-speed, dual-clutch transaxle. Sorry kids, there is no manual transmission GT this time.
Thankfully Ford has forgone using any crazy all-wheel-drive system in favor of sticking to the traditional rear-wheel-drive format. Thanks to its low weight, and its huge 20-inch alloys wrapped in sticky Michelin rubber, the GT should easily break the four-second barrier in the 60-mph sprint, and top speed should be in the 200-mph range.
|2017 Ford GT||2005 Ford GT|
|Horsepower||600 HP||550 HP|
|Acceleration, 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)||3.2 seconds||3.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||200 mph (Est.)||205 mph|