Ford GT

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

The spirit of the Ford GT40 lives on – and on. “I never thought we’d do a first one, much less this new one now,” said Kip Ewing, chief en­gi­neer of the blue oval’s 2017 GT.

The born-again GT, the sec­ond mod­ern re­vival of the Le Mans-win­ning su­per­car from the 1960s, was the sur­prise star of the Detroit auto show in Jan­uary.

Its great look­ing body­work is a clear tip to the GT40 but with a much sharper edge and 21st cen­tury aero­dy­nam­ics, in­clud­ing gi­ant cutouts in the tail to feed air to the rear wing and dif­fuser.

But it’s the pow­er­plant that’s the real sur­prise – a di­rect-in­jec­tion, twin-turbo Eco­Boost V6 in­stead of a tra­di­tional V8, but still mak­ing more than 600 horse­power. There is a seven-speed dou­ble-clutch transaxle in the rear.

The car’s con­struc­tion uses a car­bon-fi­bre pas­sen­ger cell with alu­minium sub­frames at each end to sup­port race-style pushrod sus­pen­sion with tor­sion bars, and the car rolls on 20-inch wheels with Miche­lin Pi­lot tyres.

The cabin has race-style bucket seats, dig­i­tal in­stru­ments and a race-style steer­ing wheel.

Full de­tails of the car are still se­cret, although it’s known the car will be pro­duced late in 2016 in time for the 50th an­niver­sary of Ford’s win at Le Mans in 1966.

The num­ber of cars could be held to as few as 200, although that’s un­likely, but it will only be left-hand drive.

On the rac­ing front, the new GT is strongly ru­moured to be driv­ing Ford back to Le Mans with Chip Ganassi’s team. A pro­gram in the United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship in the USA is a def­i­nite but the re­turn to Le Mans – where the car would go up against Fer­rari, As­ton Martin, Chevrolet and Porsche in the GTE cat­e­gory – has yet to be con­firmed.

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