Ford Shows Off the New GT


One of the greatest racing victories in history was the 1-2-3 placement set by a trio of GT40s at the 24 Hours Le Mans back in 1966. 50 years later, Ford returns with this third version of the GT, and this looks to be the most dynamic variation yet.

The GT of course maintains the tradition of mid-engine/rear wheel drive, but this version is powered by a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing over 600 hp. The engine uses an all-new, port/direct dual fuel-injection system for fastest engine response, as well as a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. The engine has an impressive pedigree in race guise, with a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring as well as seven podiums during more than 15,000 miles of endurance racing. The engine is backed by a 7 speed dual-clutch transaxle.

The killer feature for this supercar is without a doubt the styling. Every GT ever made has been a beautiful car, and this is no exception. The front is very reminiscent of the GT40, though enhanced with a modern understanding of aerodynamics and ways to optimize airflow. As you run down through the flanks of the car, the design gets more extreme, culminating in a flying buttress roof which connects to the rear fenders. The round taillights and overall profile and lowness all fit in perfectly with the traditional GT aesthetic. An active rear spoiler responds to both vehicle speed and driver input, and will adjust its height and angle as needed.

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