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