Detroit ’15. Ford reimagines the GT40 (again)

It’s a new version of the new version of the 1960s classic.

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This is the new Ford GT. Unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, it’s a carbonfibre tribute to the 2005 tribute to the 1960s racing legend. It features Ford’s most powerful EcoBoost engine yet – a brand new mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged V6 with “more than 600 horsepower” driving the rear wheels – and has been designed to be super-light and super-aerodynamic.

The body is made largely from carbonfibre and aluminium to keep things light, and features active aerodynamics, including a deployable rear spoiler. The passenger cell is all carbonfibre, and the front and rear subframes are aluminium wrapped in carbon body panels.

Visually, the car obviously owes a great debt to the first Ford GT and the 1960s car, but it also adds elements taken from aviation. The 20-inch wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2s, and the pushrod suspension can be adjusted for height. The brakes are, naturally, carbon ceramic, all of which means that the GT should be a bit of a beast on the track.

The engine is actually based on the race unit found in Ford’s IMSA Daytona Prototype racers, which boasts three wins in its first season of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship in 2014 – including the famous 12 Hours of Sebring.

This is no concept, either – it’ll go into production in 2016 and, well, we’re pretty damn excited. The GT is one of “more than 12” new Ford Performance vehicles due for release by 2020, and will hit the road to celebrate 50 years since the original GT40s placed first, second and third at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Source – Ford Today

* Be sure to check out our 10th anniversary celebration VIDEO of the Ford GT HERE

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