Ford GT wind tun­nel test­ing tunes su­per­car’s func­tional de­sign and ac­tive aero­dy­nam­ics

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De­vel­op­ment of the all new Ford GT con­tin­ues flat-out as the car­bon fiber su­per­car on-sale of late2016 draws nearer. De­signed to be a show­case for Ecoboost en­gines, lightweight­ing and aero­dy­nam­ics, the Ford GT is a study in func­tional de­sign and ac­tive air­flow man­age­ment. Be­hind the scenes at Wind Tun­nel 8 in Allen Park, Michi­gan, Ford en­gi­neer­ing su­per­vi­sor Nick Terzes is over­see­ing GT pre­pro­duc­tion ver­i­fi­ca­tion pro­to­types un­dergo wind tun­nel test­ing. Mul­ti­ple ses­sions are con­ducted in or­der to prove out the ex­ten­sive com­puter aided aero­dy­namic mod­els with phys­i­cal wind tun­nel data, at air­speeds ap­proach­ing 125 mph (200 km/h). “The prime rea­son we come to the tun­nel is to get the ac­tual phys­i­cal data on the ve­hi­cle,” Terzes ex­plained. “We’ll look at in­te­rior wind-noise acous­tics, and the aero­dy­nam­ics of the ve­hi­cle. Be­ing the GT pro­gram, we ef­fec­tively test 24/7.” Volvo Car Canada Ltd. has re­leased pric­ing for the 2017 S60 and V60 Polestars. The S60 Polestar is priced at $67,050, the V60 Polestar is priced at $69,000 with each ve­hi­cle fea­tur­ing an all-new, mod­i­fied, ver­sion of the Drive-e pow­er­train. Each Polestar ve­hi­cle comes one way with no op­tion pack­ages avail­able. The heart of the Polestar is a 2.0 litre T6 twin-charged Drive-e en­gine that pro­duces 367 horse­power and 347 lb-ft. of torque. The V60 boasts a 0-100 km/h of 4.8 sec­onds, while the S60 clocks in at 4.7 sec­onds. Both ve­hi­cles are pow­ered by a Borg­warner four-wheel drive sys­tem and an op­ti­mized Polestar eight-speed Geartronic au­to­matic gear­box. Glob­ally, only 1,000 units of the S60 and V60 Polestar will be pro­duced. They will be avail­able in 34 mar­kets and will go on sale in Canada in Septem­ber.

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