Ford have recently announced their latest high performance supercar - the 2017 Ford GT. Ford are using this new model as a showcase for its technological advancements in aerodynamics, EcoBoost engine performance and carbon fiber lightweight construction.
Engine and Power
The new 2017 Ford GT uses Ford’s next generation 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine which is twin turbocharged. Official figures have not been confirmed yet, but nobody will be surprised if the power train delivers around 600 horse power.
This engine is supposedly similar to the engine in the 2017 F-150 Raptor which is also a 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost. If this is the case then there should be a lot of torque at least in the region of 500 pound feet.
A seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission is connected to the engine and the 2017 Ford GT is very likely to exceed 200 mph at the top end. There will be no manual transmission option with this model. Acceleration is lively and 0 - 60 will be achievable in just 3.2 seconds.
The Ford GT has been upgraded to squeeze every drop of performance out of the small 3.5 liter V6 engine. They have added low friction roller finger follower valve trains as well as a direct / port injection system and the twin turbo chargers. The power will be delivered to the rear wheels as Ford has dropped the idea of all wheel drive.
There has been a focus on the aerodynamics of the Ford GT this time around. To keep the engine planted at speed, Ford has gone for a multi position rear wing which looks similar to the McLaren P1. The design of the GT is a long wedge shape, and it has twin ducts at the front to make it look memorable and somewhat menacing.
The ride height is adjustable thanks to the active suspension and this uses pushrod actuated damping which is inboard. The chassis has been paired up with the stunning body of the Ford GT. The classic GT 40 look has inspired the front of the car. There have been a number of other design upgrades as well.
The doors of the GT hinge upwards and forwards and this time portions of the roof are not incorporated as in previous models. At the rear there are two large fenders and central exhaust outlets which are separated from the main body of the car. This new look for the rear of the car is a much more modern approach, with rounded edges and Ferrari like tail lights and the extra down force from the buttress wings.
There are 20 inch multi spoke wheels on the new GT and the tires are provided by Michelin. They have been specially made for the GT and are called the Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 and these tires have a unique complex structure design. To bring the car to a halt there are four carbon ceramic disk brakes.
The interior of the new Ford GT has been designed for usability and control. The car has a monocoque shell and the seats have been directly integrated. This means that the seats connect directly to the chassis and this gives a more responsive drive, and the driver will be in no doubt how the GT is behaving
The pedals and the steering wheel can be adjusted to compensate for the fixed seats. The steering wheel has been inspired by F1 and contains all of the controls necessary to drive the car. There is a large LCD display for the gauges that display all of the necessary information. The display has a touch screen and Ford has included its new Synch 3 infotainment system. The slim center tunnel houses the starter button and the selector buttons for the transmission.
Ford GT Prices
The official 2017 Ford GT price has not been announced by the company yet, but there have been strong rumours that the car will cost anything from $400,000 to $500,000. That is a lot of money for a mid engine V6.
Finding a Ford GT for sale in the USA could be tough as it is claimed that only 500 models will be produced. The order book is probably already close to full. This new GT really looks every bit a supercar and it is made in America. If you are looking for a Ford GT for sale then get in quickly to avoid disappointment.