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Ford Re-enters the Supercar Race.

After a ten year hiatus the Ford GT will be returning in late 2016 as a 2017 model.  The GT was originally introduced in 2004 as an ode to the Ford GT40 of the mid-60s that went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans four straight years from 1966 to 1969.  A spanking that left the European manufacturers of the time scratching their collective heads. If there is any question the 2004-2007 GT was an instant classic just look at the recent auction results when this first edition crosses the block.  Originally priced in the range of $140,000 they now demand over $250,000. A $100,000 increase in just around 10 years!   The first glimpse of the next generation Ford GT came in 2015 at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.  Styling cues remain from the GT40 and prior GT models with the iconic hood inlets remaining.  Although there are nods to the originals, Ford injected a modern style leaving no doubt this is a 2017 supercar.  One of the more notable styling features being the sweeping buttresses that connect the roof to the rear fenders.  The practical aspect of this is that it adds strength and aerodynamics or “airflow management” as Ford calls it.  For us it’s just plain cool.  With the introduction of the new GT the immediate question on the minds of gear heads everywhere was, “What is going to make the GT go?”  Not surprisingly Ford is utilizing the GT as a performance platform for its Ecoboost V6.  According to the blue oval gang the twin-turbocharged intercooled 3.5 liter V6 will produce north of 600 horsepower.  By comparison the 2006 GT’s supercharged 5.4 liter V8 was rated at 550 horsepower.  Apparently Ford did find a replacement for displacement.
The all-new Ford GT supercar sports a purposeful two-seat cockpit that provides state-of-the-art technology to ensure control, comfort and safety.
The all-new Ford GT supercar sports a purposeful two-seat cockpit that provides state-of-the-art technology to ensure control, comfort and safety.
Beyond the HP numbers Ford is touting smaller numbers as also contributing to the GT’s anticipated performance.  Those smaller numbers being in the form of curb weight.  Carbon fiber and aluminum are to be used extensively in the 2017 GT reducing weight while maintaining structural integrity.  Another smaller number Ford has hinted at is a fairly significant reduction in the production numbers of this iteration of the GT. Since the GTs unveiling the term efficiency has been used by Ford quite a bit when touting the new GT.  With an anticipated price tag of around $400,000 we are not certain potential GT buyers will be all that concerned about MPG, but if efficiency equals speed, put us down as loyal supporters. Powertrain configuration will follow GT tradition with a mid-engine, rear wheel drive layout.  In between the flywheel and the tires will be a seven speed dual clutch transaxle. The GT will remain a two-seater so you can take your girlfriend or your wife for a ride, just not at the same time.  
The all-new, carbon-fiber, mid-engined Ford GT supercar, expected to go into production in 2016, will redefine innovation in aerodynamics, EcoBoost and light-weighting. Shown in Liquid Silver with black racing stripes at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
The all-new, carbon-fiber, mid-engined Ford GT supercar, expected to go into production in 2016, will redefine innovation in aerodynamics, EcoBoost and light-weighting. Shown in Liquid Silver with black racing stripes at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
 
The all-new carbon-fiber Ford GT supercar features fully active aerodynamic components to improve braking, handling and stability, including an active rear spoiler keyed to both speed and driver input.
The all-new carbon-fiber Ford GT supercar features fully active aerodynamic components to improve braking, handling and stability, including an active rear spoiler keyed to both speed and driver input.
Photography courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Written by Wade Willard

Wade is a passionate "car guy" and writer. He spends most of his days in the fuzzy grey zone that is the law.

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