The Ferrari-killer, American all-muscle is back. The 2017 Ford GT is a highly technologic piece of engineering that makes a clear statement about American supercars. A new standard is about to be established.
The new version of the Le Mans’ legend goes this time for a smaller engine. Ironically, this could even mean a higher performance in comparison with its predecessor. For is also planning to achieve a power-to-weight ratio.
Let’s review some of the main features of the brand new 2017 Ford GT.
Engine and Known Specs
There are plenty of unknown details to date, but many of the revealed ones are highly relevant. First, 2017 Ford GT packs a twin-turbo 3.5 L EcoBoost V6, working hand by hand with a Getrag 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
According to official statements, the 2017 Ford GT’s new engine was developed based on the Daytona Prototype LMP2’s architecture. In numbers, this could mean a 0-60 mph (100 km/h) time of 3.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).
Ford expectations are to produce a supercar with the best power-to-weight ratio. Considering the fact that the Ford GT is going to have an estimated of 600 hp, we can assume that it is going to be really, really lightweight.
And this time, the Ford GT is not going to be about truly high speeds, but handling and agility. Engineers focused on fast laps and quick corners, making a total track-beast. Forget pure-American drags.
In this matter, we can found an active suspension on the 2017 Ford GT. This system will adjust the elevation of the body to improve aerodynamics and stability at high speeds.
There are also carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes rotors and calipers in the four wheels, providing maximum braking power and efficiency on the track.
One of the most important feats coming soon will be its presence in the 2016 Le Mans. This will be a great chance to show the 2016 Ford GT’s capacity in a nostalgic way.
The development team in charge of the design had the priority of minimizing the mass and weight, all these in order to greatly improve aerodynamics. In fact, most of the 2016 Ford GT is made from carbon fiber. The structure and suspension are mostly built in aluminum.
Among the main exterior features, we found an active rear wing, even functioning as an air brake. It can rise vertically and tilt, depending on the scenario. It’s all about generating downforce and drag.
The large, odd air intakes located before each rear wheel have the role of feeding a vent system and provide air to the turbochargers. The new taillights aren’t a design extravaganza. They are the exit of the heated air, used by the intercoolers within the system.
Between both taillights, there are two huge, monstrous and sexy exhaust outlets. These ones look like the exhaust of a jet fighter. Surprisingly, Ford told the media that these outlets will be definitive, due to the popular expectations of being prototype-exclusive.
Also, there is a rear camera as standard, to help the difficult parking experiences.
When we get inside the cockpit, everything is minimalist and highly futuristic. There are only the necessary instruments and a bit more. Ford decided to stick with fixed seats with a direct connection to the chassis. This type of setup for the seats is planning to deliver a more intimate driving experience, where the user will feel the true motion of the supercar.
To improve comfort with this kind of seats, there are adjustable pedals and steering wheel, with great flexibility.
The Bottom Line
Getting a 2017 Ford GT isn’t going to be easy. The American maker is planning a limited production of 250 units per year. Also, there is already an estimated price tag of US$400.000.
The previous Ford GT was a great success. Now, this new model can foresee a bigger hit than before. Cutting-edge technology focused in agility and handling. A no brainer.