Sunday, 10 January 2016

Ford GT 2017

At the 2015 North American International Auto Show and at the unveiling of Forza Motorsport 6, a new Ford GT was introduced and is set to be produced and released in 2016. It will mark 50 years since the GT40 won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and is expected to run in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans to mark the anniversary.

The car is to be powered by a newly designed 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine making "more than 600 horsepower."(Internet reports say it will be in the range of 630 bhp, more than its Le Mans brethren.) According to Ford, "the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car," thanks to its lightweight carbon fiber construction. Underpinning the GT is a carbon fiber monocoque bolted to aluminum front and rear subframes covered in carbon fiber body panels. The car also has racing inspired pushrod suspension, active aerodynamics, and dihedral doors. The windshield of the vehicle is made up of Gorilla Glass manufactured by Corning which are used in smartphones. Gorilla Glass is used to reduce the weight of the vehicle.

Ford plans to build only 200 units of the GT for the 2016 model year, with each costing around $400,000. It will be built by the Canadian company Multimatic.

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