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The 2017 Ford GT High Performance Supercar Is An American Classic

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.

New Design

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.

Upgraded Interior

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.

The Life And Successes Of Ayrton Senna

For many, Ayrton Senna was the greatest Formula One driver that ever lived. He was F1 champion three times, and started racing when he was only thirteen years of age. In this short Ayrton Senna biography, you will learn all about the man behind the success.

How It All Started

Ayrton Senna was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on the 21st March 1960. He came from a fairly well to do family, and his father, Milton da Silva was a factory owner and land owner. His mother is Neide Senna da Silva. His full name at birth was Ayrton Senna da Silva.
Senna was a very good athlete when he was a boy, and was excellent at gymnastics. He developed an interest in cars and racing when he was only 4 years old, and when he was 7 he was able to drive a jeep that was small and modified, around the farm that the family owned.
He attended the Colegio Rio Branco and did very well in mathematics, physics and chemistry. He stopped studying to pursue his interests in motor racing. His father made him a kart from a lawnmower engine.
When Ayrton was 13 he entered his first kart competition. He achieved pole position in this race. His father was very supportive and wanted to give Ayrton every chance, so he appointed a full time manager for him who was called Lucio Pascal Gascon.
Senna won his first real championship in 1977, which was the South American Kart Championships. He progressed from this to the Karting World Championships, and he was runner up in this competition in 1979 and 1980.

 

Motor Racing Career

Senna travelled to England in 1981 to take part in the Formula Ford 1600 Championships. He was able to win this single seater racing competition very easily. He went on to win the European Formula Ford 2000 Championship in 1982.
He entered the British Formula Three championships driving for the West Surrey racing team in 1983. He won this championship at the first attempt. In the same year he also won the Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau. This attracted a lot of interest from F1 teams and many of them were after his signature.
The following year he joined the Toleman team and took part in the 1984 Formula One season. This was a small team which did not have the resources of teams like Brabham and McLaren. Despite this, he debuted in the Brazilian Grand Prix and picked up his first championship points in the second race.
In 1984 he amassed 13 points from 16 races and found himself on the podium three times. The next year he joined Lotus which was a much stronger team. In his second race he achieved pole position and went on to win the race. He concluded the year by finishing 4th overall with 7 pole positions in the Driver Championships.
The success continued in 1986 where he again achieved 4th place, and in 1987 he bettered this by finishing third in the Driver Championships. His first real triumph came in 1988 when he joined McLaren. His team mate was Alain Prost, who had won the championship twice. Senna won his first world championship that year just beating Prost by a single race. The two of them managed to win 15 out of the 16 races.
His success continued in 1990 and 1991 and he won both of the World Championships. He was totally idolised in Brazil by this stage, and he continued his racing success by finishing 4th in the 1992 season and 2nd in the 1993 season. In the 1994 season he moved over to the Williams team and turned down a $22 Million a year offer from Ferrari.

Tragic Death

During the San Marino Grand Prix which was the third race of the season at Imola, Italy, Ayrton Senna crashed on a corner during the third lap. He was travelling at 233 km per hour when the crash happened. He did not survive the accident and F1 racing lost one of its greatest heroes.
Senna was only 34 when he died. His car smashed into a concrete wall. He suffered significant loss of blood and the medics performed a tracheotomy. He was taken by air to the Maggiore Hospital in Bologna, and he was declared dead there.
The Brazilian Government immediately declared 3 days of national mourning. Around three million people paid homage to one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. There was a 21 gun salute at his funeral, and the Brazilian Air Force flew 7 jets in a diamond formation.