Ford’s all-new GT su­per­car ready to rock au­di­ences

Dubai In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor­show

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

DUBAI: Ford’s all-new GT ul­tra­high-per­for­mance su­per­car is ready to wow au­di­ences at this week’s Dubai In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor­show, serv­ing as a tech­nol­ogy show­case for top EcoBoost per­for­mance, aero­dy­nam­ics and light­weight car­bon fiber con­struc­tion.

The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Per­for­mance ve­hi­cles com­ing from Ford glob­ally by 2020. It joins Fo­cus RS, F-150 Rap­tor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the grow­ing Ford Per­for­mance lineup. Be­gin­ning pro­duc­tion late next year, the GT hits the road in se­lect global mar­kets to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of Ford GT race cars win­ning first, sec­ond and third place at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The all-new GT su­per­car fea­tures rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted en­gine, and a sleek, aero­dy­namic, two-door coupe body shell. It is pro­pelled by the most pow­er­ful EcoBoost pro­duc­tion en­gine ever - a next-gen­er­a­tion twin-tur­bocharged EcoBoost V6 pro­duc­ing more than 600 PS.

The GT makes ex­ten­sive use of light­weight ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing car­bon fiber and alu­minium - en­abling out­stand­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling with im­proved ef­fi­ciency.

Ford’s com­mit­ment to and ca­pa­bil­ity in de­liv­er­ing tech­nolo­gies typ­i­cally of­fered only in elite ve­hi­cles is ev­i­dent in the GT. Th­ese in­clude ad­vanced ac­tive aero­dy­nam­ics, such as a de­ploy­able rear spoiler, and a host of ma­te­rial and tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tions to help bet­ter serve the driver, such as SYNC(r) 3 - the lat­est ver­sion of Ford’s ad­vanced con­nec­tiv­ity sys­tem.

“The GT is the ul­ti­mate ex­e­cu­tion of an en­thu­si­ast su­per­car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice pres­i­dent, Global Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment. “GT in­cludes in­no­va­tions and tech­nolo­gies that can be ap­plied broadly across Ford’s fu­ture prod­uct port­fo­lio - an­other proof point that Ford con­tin­ues rais­ing the per­for­mance bar while ul­ti­mately im­prov­ing ve­hi­cles for all of our cus­tomers.”

Car­bon fiber in­no­va­tion

Few in­no­va­tions pro­vide a more wide-rang­ing per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency ad­van­tage than re­duc­ing weight. All fac­tors of a ve­hi­cle’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties - ac­cel­er­a­tion, han­dling, brak­ing, safety, ef­fi­ciency - can im­prove through the use of ad­vanced, lighter ma­te­ri­als.

The all-new GT fea­tures ad­vanced light­weight com­pos­ites, which will help serve Ford’s en­tire prod­uct lineup mov­ing for­ward. With the broad ap­pli­ca­tion of struc­tural car­bon fiber el­e­ments, the GT will ex­hibit one of the best power-to-weight ra­tios of any pro­duc­tion car.

An­chored by a car­bon fiber pas­sen­ger cell, the GT fea­tures alu­minum front and rear sub frames en­cap­su­lated in struc­tural car­bon fiber body pan­els. Car­bon fiber is one of the world’s strong­est ma­te­ri­als for its mass - en­abling an ul­tra­stiff foundation for chas­sis com­po­nents, while cre­at­ing a lighter over­all pack­age for in­creased dy­namic per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency.

Most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion

EcoBoost ever

Based on the same race-proven en­gine ar­chi­tec­ture serv­ing Ford’s IMSA Day­tona Pro­to­type en­durance rac­ing ef­forts, the next-gen­er­a­tion twin-tur­bocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the GT fea­tures a wide power band with im­pres­sive time-to-torque char­ac­ter­is­tics.

The en­gine demon­strates re­mark­able ef­fi­ciency - a key at­tribute of its en­durance rac­ing-de­rived pow­er­train, where ex­cep­tional per­for­mance com­bined with ef­fi­ciency is a crit­i­cal com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.

The GT fea­tures an all-new, port/di­rect dual fuel-in­jec­tion setup to im­prove en­gine re­sponse, plus a low-fric­tion roller-fin­ger-fol­lower valve train. The twin-tur­bocharged EcoBoost V6 will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for near-in­stan­ta­neous gear changes and ex­cep­tional driver con­trol.

Aero in­no­va­tion gets ac­tive

Aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency is at the heart of the GT de­sign, ac­tively re­duc­ing drag while aid­ing down­force and sta­bil­ity.

From its op­ti­mum tear-drop shape to its air­craft-in­spired fuse­lage and vis­i­bil­ity-en­hanc­ing curved wind­shield, ev­ery slope and shape is de­signed to min­i­mize drag and op­ti­mize down­force. Al­though each sur­face on the GT is func­tion­ally crafted to man­age air­flow, it also fea­tures fully ac­tive aero­dy­namic com­po­nents to im­prove brak­ing, han­dling and sta­bil­ity.

An ac­tive rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver in­put, re­ac­tively de­ploy­ing and ad­just­ing its height and/or pitch an­gle de­pend­ing on con­di­tions.

De­signed for pur­pose

While it shares a legacy with clas­sic Ford rac­ing and per­for­mance cars, GT is a fully con­tem­po­rary and func­tional shape that com­mu­ni­cates moder­nity and pure beauty.

The state-of-the-art chas­sis is sus­pended by an ac­tive rac­ing-style tor­sion bar and pushrod sus­pen­sion, with ad­justable ride height. The 20-inch wheels are shod with Miche­lin Pi­lot Su­per Sport Cup 2 tires fea­tur­ing a unique com­pound and struc­ture de­signed specif­i­cally for the Ford GT. Multi-spoke wheels en­cir­cle car­bon ce­ramic brake discs at all four cor­ners.

The nar­row-pro­file canopy re­duces frontal area and caps a pur­pose­ful in­te­rior that pro­vides sta­teof-the-art tech­nol­ogy to en­sure con­trol, com­fort and safety. The two-seat cock­pit is ac­cessed by up­ward-swing­ing doors, and fea­tures driver and pas­sen­ger seats in­te­grated di­rectly into the car­bon fiber pas­sen­ger cell.

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