2017 Ford GT Supercar Sets New Standards

Ken Chester Jr.

Unveiled earlier this year at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, the all-new Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and an ultra-efficient EcoBoost engine.

The Ford GT is an ultra-high-performance supercar which is the domestic automaker's most extreme offering, infused with race-proven technology 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.

The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. The GT also makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum. 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 down force. Although each surface on the 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 speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.

The GT is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower. 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 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.

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