Ford will begin production of its all-new GT hypercar this year, but only 1,000 will be released to retain the car’s exclusivity. Many would argue that this exotic V6-powered brute does not need extra help attracting interest. Its stunning design and powerful performance are certain to appeal to the most discerning of motoring enthusiasts. Here is everything you need to know about the model.
The GT’s 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost powertrain has been tuned to produce a superb 592bhp. Along with the teardrop-shaped body and full carbon fibre construction, this should help the hypercar to keep pace with the most potent in the class.
Helping to pin the GT to the road or track is a deployable rear wing that tucks away neatly when not in use. It can even change position to optimise airflow and maximise downforce.
A wing-like buttress on each side also optimises airflow while providing strength and rigidity for the chassis. The handling is razor sharp too, so the GT can be thrown into corners with confidence before springing out of them again.
The incoming GT follows the arrival of the first-generation model which was produced between 2005 and 2006. Ford learned a lot from the original, and applied this knowledge to the newcomer, as one look at both will tell you.
The pair share the same low-slung posture, muscular rear haunches and deep air vents on the front bonnet. Things change under the bonnet where the original features a 550bhp 5.4-litre supercharged V8. The 2006 variant used this power to sprint from 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds, and we can expect an even quicker time from the new edition.
Although the 2016 and 2006 GT are close siblings, the hypercar’s heritage goes much further back, to the mid-1960s. Back then, GT stood for the Ford GT40, a burly V8 endurance car that dominated Le Mans, winning four consecutive events between 1966 and 1969.
The ‘40’ represented the car’s 40-inch height – another characteristic still evident on the incoming GT. It was powered by a 4.2-litre, 4.7-litre or 7.0-litre engine which at the time was an unconventional but ultimately successful decision by Ford.
The Ford GT will be making a return to motorsport and Le Mans in 2016 to prove that it has the performance to back up its hypercar looks. Before the famous 24-hour event, the model will compete at Spa in Belgium, Britain’s Silverstone circuit and at the Circuit Paul Ricard, France, as part of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
German driver Stefan Mücke, Frenchman Olivier Pla and American Billy Johnson will pilot the GT at Le Mans as the model goes up against the Porsche 919 Hybrid, Audi R18 and Aston Martin Vantage.
This year the manufacturer will be hoping to replicate the success it enjoyed in the 1960s, and the team’s progress will no doubt pique the interest of its more established endurance car rivals. The same can be said of the road going GT as it re-enters a class that rarely sees new entrants.
A Ford-badged hypercar may be nothing new, but the likes of Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Ferrari and McLaren will surely be looking over their shoulders at the GT. It has the performance figures to match them all, but offers something a little different that may tempt the most loyal buyers to consider the blue oval badge.
The GT combines all-American glamour and elements of the classic GT40 design with unmistakable hypercar characteristics for a unique end product. It has the instant, attention-grabbing appeal that hypercar buyers want, which is only helped by the low production run. On top of all this, the EcoBoost powertrain is famous for its high-power, high-efficiency output which few other performance cars can claim.
The GT may be beyond many motorists, but with the Mustang, Focus RS and Fiesta ST in the Ford line-up, there are plenty more opportunities to own a rapid Ford that fits your budget. Find out more about them all at your closest Gates Ford dealership soon.