The GT represents Ford’s first foray into the supercar market – and all the signs so far are that it will be a successful one. In fact, clamour for this new vehicle has been so great that the original production run of 250 has already sold out.
The GT takes its name from that icon of the 1960s, the GT40, which took first, second and third positions at both Daytona and Le Mans in 1966. Echoing the successes of half a century ago, the newest iteration has already won the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race (in GT class).
This all-new automotive rocket has been built ostensibly using aluminium and carbon fibre. Consequently, this lightweight construction, in conjunction with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged engine, helps provide the new GT with its ferocious pace.
The car’s V6 unit delivers 638bhp, enabling it to achieve a top speed of 216mph. It’s not just the materials used to make the GT that account for its impressive performance. An aerodynamic design and low-slung stance play their part too.
The GT’s styling is a thoroughly contemporary one, with angular lines that enable it to proceed at speed with very little resistance. Of particular note are the car’s ‘gull-wing’ doors, which swivel upwards and forwards to provide access. The vehicle’s front fascia impresses too, with its prodigious air intakes which aren’t just for show – they keep the engine cool by optimising airflow.
Inside, the GT has manifold technological pleasures to impart, including an innovative Digital Instrument Display which can be configured exactly to the driver’s liking. There is no typical instrument cluster, rather a ten-inch screen, from which, among other things, the driver can select one of five driving modes. These include Normal, Wet and Sport; the latter automatically configuring the car’s gears for maximum track-racing enjoyment.
Ford has added something called V-Max car to the vehicle as well. This puts the GT’s speedometer front-and-centre of the instrument panel, with temperature, oil pressure and fuel reading displays positioned adjacent to it.
Please keep an eye on our Future Vehicles section for updates regarding the GT, and other exciting models as and when we get them. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the GT, please contact your nearest Gates Ford dealership in Essex and Hertfordshire or get in touch with us via our website.