Ford GT, the celebration of the 50th anniversary of their triumph at Le Mans
Unveiled during the Detroit Auto Show on January 12, 2015, the comeback of the Ford GT, which had disappeared since 2005-2006, delighted visitors. Marketed since the end of 2016, it marks the half century of the undisputed victory of three GT 40s on the Le Mans track in 1966. And to top off this event, a Ford GT won the mythical 24-hour race once again in 2016. Very few units of the Ford GT are produced: a run of only 250 units per year is planned. Built in the factory in Markham, Canada, future owners will have to wait to acquire this 2017 Ford GT.
An innovative product, the 2017 Ford GT keeps the 60s spirit alive, even if this is less apparent than during its first comeback in 2005. The design is based on a carbon fiber monohull on an aluminum chassis. The aerodynamics and load distribution are pushed to meet extreme requirements. The spoiler adapts automatically to the speed and the adjustable suspension system to maintain road holding. The butterfly doors give it truly striking esthetics.
The 2017 Ford GT is equipped with the small 3.5 L V6 (Ecoboost), which is an original double-injection (bi-turbo) engine that develops no less than 647 hp at 6550 rpm. Limited to a weight of 1385 kg, its torque speaks for itself: 746 Nm. Fitted with a 7-speed automatic transmission (double DCT clutch), the GT displays unbridled acceleration. Top speed is sky-high, exceeding 360 kph (above the 346 kph announced), to make this production Ford the fastest in history. Note that a special-edition Ford GT Horizon uses the 6.5 L V12 Lamborghini Aventador engine.
To meet the powerful characteristics of the 2017 Ford GT, the tires and braking system are specific to the model. Michelin was brought in to equip the 20-inch aluminum wheels with their Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Six-piston calipers by Brembo are necessary to actuate the ventilated pads on the carbon-ceramic discs. It takes a mere 80 m to bring the Ford GT to a standstill from a speed of 160 kph.
Its sporting spirit can be ideally experienced in the cockpit, where carbon fiber is everywhere. From the design of the immovable bucket seats (adjustable pedals and F1 type steering wheel), which are covered with full-grain leather and alcantara, to the instruments and dashboard, everything has been designed to save weight and optimize its distribution.
Esthetics, power, aerodynamics, unheard-of handling – Ford engineering has concocted a winning recipe and has not finished writing the history of the American automobile.