Ford GT steals the limelight in Detroit
12/01/15 15:22 Filed in: News
Ford has grabbed the headlines at the Detroit Motor Show with the surprise unveiling of the new Ford GT supercar. It comes as Ford celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT which went on to take a 1-2-3 victory at the 1966 24 hours of Le Mans.
The new Ford GT is an ultra high-performance sports car with a V6 engine producing more than 600 horsepower. As with the 1960s Ford GT, the engine is mid-mounted, in classic racing-car style. The lightweight body structure makes considerable use of carbon fibre and aluminium.
“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer. He was referring to Henry Ford’s win in a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company.
“We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound,” Mark Fields added.
The lightweight chassis has racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension that allows adjustment of the ride height. The two-seat cockpit is accessed through upward-swinging doors and the seats are integrated into the carbon fibre passenger cell. Again, weight reduction was a key issue in choosing this design. Instead of adjusting the seat, the pedals and the steering column move to adjust the driving position.
The steering wheel itself is described as “F1-style” and carries the necessary driver controls, doing away with steering column stalks. The digital instruments can be configured to suit different driving modes.
The Ford GT is due to go into production next year.