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Holy crap!

So I was a tad wrong about the rumors being BS :eek::tongue:


Jan 12, 2015 | Detroit
Ford Redefines Innovation in Aerodynamics, EcoBoost and Light-Weighting with All-New Ford GT Carbon Fiber Supercar


- All-new Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost® engine
- Ford GT features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower
- Ultra-high-performance supercar is Ford's most extreme offering, infused with race-proven technology engineered to keep company with exotics when it goes into production in 2016

Ford today unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.

Beginning production late next year, the GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it's worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack," said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, referring to Henry Ford's win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. "We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people's hearts pound."

The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower.

The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum – enabling outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency.

Ford's commitment to and capability in delivering technologies typically offered only in elite vehicles is evident in the GT. These include advanced active aerodynamics, such as a deployable rear spoiler, and a host of material and technology innovations to help better serve the driver, such as SYNC® 3 – the latest version of Ford's advanced connectivity system.

"The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. "GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford's future product portfolio – another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers."

Carbon fiber innovation
Few innovations provide a more wide-ranging performance and efficiency advantage than reducing weight. All factors of a vehicle's capabilities – acceleration, handling, braking, safety, efficiency – can improve through the use of advanced, lighter materials.

The all-new GT features advanced lightweight composites, which will help serve Ford's entire product lineup moving forward. With the broad application of structural carbon fiber elements, the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.

Anchored by a carbon fiber passenger cell, the GT features aluminum front and rear subframes encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels. Carbon fiber is one of the world's strongest materials for its mass – enabling an ultra-stiff foundation for chassis components, while creating a lighter overall package for increased dynamic performance and efficiency.

Most powerful production EcoBoost ever
Ford EcoBoost technology is available in every new Ford car, utility and light-duty pickup in North America beginning this year.

EcoBoost engines power a growing number of Ford performance models, including the new Mustang, just-announced F-150 Raptor, as well as Fiesta ST and Focus ST.

Based on the same race-proven engine architecture serving Ford's IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racing efforts, the next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the GT features a wide powerband with impressive time-to-torque characteristics.

The engine demonstrates remarkable efficiency – a key attribute of its endurance racing-derived powertrain, where exceptional performance combined with efficiency is a critical competitive advantage.

Ford's twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 raced to three wins in its first season of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, including a win in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring, along with seven podiums over more than 15,000 endurance racing miles.

The GT features an all-new, port/direct dual fuel-injection setup to improve engine response, plus a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for near-instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control.

Aero innovation gets active
Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the GT design, actively reducing drag while aiding downforce and stability.

From its optimum tear-drop shape to its aircraft-inspired fuselage and visibility-enhancing curved windshield, every slope and shape is designed to minimize drag and optimize downforce.

Although each surface on the GT is functionally crafted to manage airflow, it also features fully active aerodynamic components to improve braking, handling and stability.

An active rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.

Designed for purpose
While it shares a legacy with classic Ford racing and performance cars, GT is a fully contemporary and functional shape that communicates modernity and pure beauty.

The state-of-the-art chassis is suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height. The 20-inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires featuring a unique compound and structure designed specifically for the Ford GT. Multi-spoke wheels encircle carbon-ceramic brake discs at all four corners.

The narrow-profile canopy reduces frontal area and caps a purposeful interior that provides state-of-the-art technology to ensure control, comfort and safety. The two-seat cockpit is accessed by upward-swinging doors, and features driver and passenger seats integrated directly into the carbon fiber passenger cell.

This configuration significantly reduces seating hardware and weight, and provides a consistent and direct sensory connection to the chassis. The fixed seating is combined with adjustable pedals and steering column to accommodate a very wide range of driver statures.

An F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, creating a stalkless steering column that allows uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls. A fully digital and configurable instrument cluster provides a wealth of driver-focused data. The display is configurable for multiple driving environments and different driving modes.

"While we hope enthusiasts rejoice about this all-new GT, all Ford customers will benefit from the ultimate performance Ford and its new-generation innovations," said Nair.


More here:

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/01/12/2016-ford-gt-official/
http://jalopnik.com/ford-gt-this-is-it-1678893649
 

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Let's see how long it takes for Jeremy Clarkson to test drive one. :D
 

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Holy crap!

So I was a tad wrong about the rumors being BS :eek::tongue:
:confused: What do you mean? What were the rumors?

Let's see how long it takes for Jeremy Clarkson to test drive one. :D
I'm sure there's one on a boat to England right now.
 

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Totally awesome!
 

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:confused: What do you mean? What were the rumors?
Rumors of there being one lol, since the 06 went out of production there's been a the occasional rendering of one that pops up with a heading "Ford GT IS BACK!!!!". I tended to be a debbie downer skeptic in the threads it's come up... oops:tongue:

Let's see how long it takes for Jeremy Clarkson to test drive one. :D
He bought one of the 05s when they came out, maybe this one will replace his CLK black:D
 

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So I guess the 5.2L FPC motor they're putting in the GT350 wouldn't have worked? Twin turbo that motor and watch it go. I like the EcoBoost thing but this is a supercar, not a grocery-getter. That new body combined with the sound of the FPC V8 would be awesome.

The only thing I can think of for the V6 is weight savings/distribution.
 

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I want to know what is different about this 600hp engine from the 380hp version in the F150s and SHOs.
 

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This is a supercar, not a grocery-getter.
I'm not happy Ford has replaced the V8 with a V6 either..Who cares If you can make a supercar get great mpg's..

If you're the kind of person who can afford to buy a supercar in the first place..Buying lots of fuel is not something you're worried about anyways..

I understand that Ford is using the GT to showcase how much power they can squeeze out of an EcoBoost..

I just don't like the idea of them using the EcoBoost in the GT though..Use that engine on the Mustangs, Fiesta ST, Focus ST...etc etc..

Realistically how much power do you think they left on the table this one?..Probably not much.. :zdunno:

Styling looks good..Love the Ford GT..I give Ford a big thumbs down for their engine choice on this one though..
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I'm not happy Ford has replaced the V8 with a V6 either..Who cares If you can make a supercar get great mpg's..

If you're the kind of person who can afford to buy a supercar in the first place..Buying lots of fuel is not something you're worried about anyways..
It's not just about fuel cost. Fuel efficiency can be a significant advantage in racing. Gasoline weighs approx 6 lbs per gallon...
 

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Great marketing--EcoBoost in everything. Remember HP:Lbs, and I can easily see this being in GT-II class racing, where the v6 could give it a points advantage. Did Ford get out of NHRA (John Force) to get into ALMS or Le mans, to increase world wide appeal?

IHMO Ford is making a statement with this GT like they did with the last one--which ran a Truck engine (well that's what the marketing guys said).

I do like the looks and have no problem with a FI V6.
 

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My thoughts exactly, the old Ford GT used a dump truck engine, and lets not forget it was a fuel sipping econobox compared to the 60s 7 liter GT40s as far as MPGs are concerned. I'm not expecting a great exhaust note but there's not a lot not to like. The Jag XJ220 was the fastest car in the world at one point, powered by... a twin turbo V6

Unrelated directly to the GT but it would be really sweet if if the styling trickles down to mass production cars, I would love to see a lineup of Fords with afterburner taillights like they had in the 60s
 

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I actually really like the cutouts to direct airflow from the sides of the door over the rear wing.
I know some of you were haters of the similar (but less dramatic) design on the BMW i8.



Curious about pricing and room for additional tuning.
Pricing: how expensive will this be? At $100-150K, this will be quite interesting.
At $200-250K, I think it will be a harder sell with just a V6TT (even if that's the future)

Room for tuning: even with strengthened internals, if this is the same block as the F150 Ecoboost, I wonder if they have already tuned this engine to closer to (or nearly the limit of) this design.
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Wow.
If not for the GT40/GT styling cues (and Ford badges), I would have mistaken it for a Ferrari. Is Ford going after them again?

Good thing it's not called the Ford LaFord.
 

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... and a V6 at that ... Oh the humanity. :tongue:

They coulda' put a 5.4 in it ... like the original! :zwall:
 

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I want to know what is different about this 600hp engine from the 380hp version in the F150s and SHOs.
"It starts with a new block, heads, pistons, and intake, plus bigger turbos. Ford adds a dual-injection system, a combination of port and direct fuel injection, like Subaru uses on the BRZ/FR-S motor. That makes the H.O. 3.5 the first and only EcoBoost engine to use port injection. Ford calls this a second-generation EcoBoost, so maybe that dual-injection scheme will spread to other engines."

Source: http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-shows/detroit-auto-show/news/a24742/the-new-ecoboost-v6-from-ford-performanceits-all-new/
 

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I would prefer the new 5.8 with a flat crank and boost. Were talking super car here, lets do it right. Yeah a 600hp v6 will do the job for sure but this thing is not meant to be practical.

I like the over all profile but it seems too cluttered to me. Odd line with that door transitioning into that back like an arch rover it or something, skeleton body thingy, anyways that makes me go bleech

Am I seeing unpainted plastic / rubber under the nose and doors? :(
 
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