Ford kicked off the North American International Auto Show in Detroit by bringing the house down with the new Ford GT Supercar which could be in production as early as 2016. And she looks immaculate.
The new GT sports features carbon-fibre body panels and an aluminium chassis that reduces weight and increases balance significantly. When coupled with a mid-mounted Ford EcoBoost 3.5 litre twin-turbocharged V6 that pushes out over 600BHP through it’s unique seven-speed dual clutch transmission to the rear wheels it well could be something truly special. We were in Motor City for the unveiling and Ford have stolen the show with the GT.
The stunning new 2015 GT supercar concept is a revamp of the retro looking 2004 Ford GT and has been built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GT finishing first, second and third in the 1966 Le Mans race. This is echoed by it’s striking shape that harps back to it’s racing heritage. There’s even rumours that Ford may enter the 2016 Le Mans race with a racing version of the GT, but there is no official word on that yet.
The new Ford GT styling is certainly dramatic but it’s still recognisable with it’s low stance and profile. The 20 inch wheels are clad in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tyres and carbon ceramic brakes are a standard. The interior is clearly race-influenced and the cockpit has it’s two seats mounted to the floor. Add the upward swinging doors and the new Ford GT ticks all the racing boxes.
The Ford GT should strike fear into Ferrari and Lambourghini, even with a less aspirational name attached. We’ve seen this beauty up close and person and we have heard the roar she possesses. It astonished critics and Average Joes alike at the reveal. Ford are potentially on to a big winner and with a number of performance cars shceduled for the next few years such as the Focus RS and Shelby GT350R, we just hope they reach Europe.