DETROIT: Ford wowed this year’s opening day (Jan. 12) of the North American Auto Show in Detroit with the unveiling of the Ford GT, a carbon fibre supercar.
Combining the lightest possible materials like carbon fibre wheels it features a mid-mounted twin turbo 3.5-litre V6 with more than 600 hp – the most powerful EcoBoost engine Ford has ever made.
When it goes into production in late 2016, the Ford GT will join more than 12 new performance vehicles Ford planned by 2020.
The 2016 Ford GT marks the 50th anniversary of Ford GT racecars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Some of innovations include advanced active aerodynamics, such as a deployable rear spoiler and a host of material and technology innovations to help better serve the driver. One of these is SYNC 3, the latest version of Ford’s advanced connectivity system.
Centered on a carbon fibre passenger cell, the GT features aluminum front and rear sub-frames encapsulated in structural carbon fibre body panels.
Aerodynamics plays a key role in the design starting with a teardrop shape to its aircraft-inspired fuselage and visibility enhancing curved windshield, every slope and shape is designed to minimize drag and optimize downforce.
It also allows improved braking, handling and stability.
The active rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on condition.