2016 Ford GT: Icon, Take 3

2016 Ford GT Makes Over 600 Horsepower from a Twin-Turbo 3.5-Liter V6 EcoBoost… Wow. (With Video)

The iconic and Ferrari-demolishing Ford GT (formerly known as the Ford GT40) is back for a third iteration, unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. And, it’s a doozy. Not to mention, this time, there are a few minor [read: absolutely, positively major] changes.

 

2005 Ford GT and Ford GT40

2005 Ford GT and Ford GT40

First and foremost in the “minor” change category… the new Ford GT’s engine. Both the Ford GT40 and the 2005 Ford GT were powered by big, honkin’ V8s. The GT40 got naturally-aspirated powerplants ranging from 4.2 to 7-liters. And, the 2005-2006 Ford GT boasted a 550 hp, 5.4-liter supercharged V8. In both cases, the engines were mated to manual transmissions (5-speeds for the GT40 and 6-speeds for the GT).

 

The new Ford GT takes a bit of a departure. The 2016 Ford GT is powered by a mid-mounted, itty-bitty 3.5-Liter EcoBoost V6 with twin turbochargers. But, don’t let this engine fool you. It has plenty of go. While Ford hasn’t released exact numbers yet, the new Ford GT’s V6 produces “more than 600 horsepower,” thanks to the pair of turbos. For those playing along at home, that’s 50 more hps than the last Ford GT.

 

That extra oomph combined with the weight savings of a fully carbon fiber monocoque with carbon fiber body panels means that this thing will haul ass from 0 to 60 mph and beyond. Giant carbon-ceramic brakes nestled within 20-inches wheels wearing Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires should mean that the 2016 Ford GT should be able to stop and turn well enough.

2016 Ford GT Yellow and Blue The second departure from Ford GT tradition comes in the form of the transmission. Drivers of this new Ford GT won’t get a third peddle. A seven-speed dual clutch transmission handles all gear rowing duties. Daring pilots will be able to shift according to their whim with a pair of paddle shifters. Still, though, it’s not the same. While the DCT is undoubtedly faster, a manual gearbox (even a 7-speed like that in the Corvette Stingray and Z06) will be missed.

 

The design is all new, too. The 2005 Ford GT borrowed heavily from the GT40’s design. This makes a lot of sense since the prevailing designed trend of the time skewed heavily toward the retro. The 2016 Ford GT is GT40-inspired. It takes the proportions and some specific design elements (like the round taillights and the headlights) and modernizes the whole package. The result is something absolutely stunning. I mean, who doesn’t love flying buttresses on a car. Hell, it word for the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

2016 Ford GT Exterior Lastly, gone are the guillotine doors in favor of swan wings. The swan wing doors are more practical, but not nearly as cool as the guillotine. Swan wing doors have been done by plenty of brands, not the least of which is Aston Martin. Guillotine doors are uniquely Ford, and I, for one, am rather sad to see them go.

 

How will the 2016 Ford GT compare and compete with the upcoming mid-engined new version of the Corvette ZR1, which is set for a contemporaneous launch? Dunno. But, it’s gonna be awesome. I can honestly say the forthcoming rivalry between the 2016 [ish] Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and 2016 Ford GT is the most exciting thing to happen on four wheels in a generation, at least… probably two.

2016 Fort GT Interior The 2016 Ford GT will enter production in 2016 in celebration of the Ford GT40’s 1-2-3 finish of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans (soundly kicking the ass of Enzo Ferrari). Want to get an early taste of the 2016 Ford GT before its 2016 launch? You can take it for a spin in the soon-to-be-released Forza 6 for Xbox One. Unfortunately, that’ll be the closest we can get to having an idea as to the performance of America’s newest supercar until Ford releases detailed power and performance specs closer to its debut. For more information, visit the Ford Performance website.

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2016 Ford GT Press Release

2016 Ford GT Press Release

FORD REDEFINES INNOVATION IN AERODYNAMICS, ECOBOOST AND LIGHT-WEIGHTING WITH ALL-NEW FORD GT CARBON FIBER SUPERCAR

  • All-new (2016 Ford GT) Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost® engine
  • (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) Ford GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

The (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “(2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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, (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) 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 (2016 Ford GT) GT, all Ford customers will benefit from the ultimate performance Ford and its new-generation innovations,” said Nair.

 

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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  1. Damn Wild. I love it

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    • Me too. I loved the old Ford GT. Can’t wait to see performance figures. Gonna’ be stellar.

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