The high-performance super car segment may never be the same. The Ford GT introduced today at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit showcases technology and innovation with ultra-efficient aerodynamics, Eco Boost® performance and lightweight carbon-fiber construction.
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.
It has a contemporary performance layout with rear-wheel drive and a mid-mounted engine. And it will be propelled by the most powerful Eco Boost production engine ever: a next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter Eco Boost V6 that will produce more than 600 horsepower. This new engine is based on the same race-proven engine architecture as that used in Ford IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance-racing efforts. The Eco Boost engine will be a paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch trans axle for near instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control.
All of a vehicle’s capabilities – acceleration, handling, braking, safety, efficiency – can improve through the use of advanced, lighter materials, and the GT makes generous use of these high-tech composites.
Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the Ford GT design, with every slope and shape examined to minimize drag and optimize down force. An active rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, retroactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.