GT tech trick­les down

Weekend Herald - - ME & MY CAR -

The launch of Ford’s new GT su­per­car isn’t just about the blue oval’s de­sire to con­tinue to scare its long- time Euro­pean ri­vals, but also to help de­velop tech­nol­ogy for the rest of its range of ve­hi­cles.

“When we be­gan work on the all- new Ford GT in 2013, the team had three goals,” said Raj Nair, Ford ex­ec­u­tive vice- pres­i­dent of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer.

“The first was to use it as a train­ing ground for our en­gi­neers as we de­velop fu­ture en­gine tech­nol­ogy and stretch our un­der­stand­ing of aero­dy­nam­ics. Then, to push the bound­aries of ad­vanced ma­te­rial us­age, such as light­weight car­bon fi­bre.

“Fi­nally, we set out to win the Le Mans 24 Hours, re­ferred to by many as the ul­ti­mate test of en­durance and ef­fi­ciency.”

New Zealan­ders will be able to see an ex­am­ple of Ford’s in­ter­nal “trickle down” GT the­ory first­hand in its up­com­ing Ford Mus­tang ( set to de­but next year). It will come with the same digital dash­board as the GT, be­fore de­but­ing in other blue- oval plat­forms.

It’s a con­sis­tent path for Ford’s en­gi­neers, with their pre­vi­ous- 2017 Ford GT, Ford GTLM race car and Ford GT40 ( front to rear) are a test bed for new tech­nolo­gies. gen­er­a­tion GT su­per­car also act­ing as a test bed for new tech­nolo­gies.

These in­cluded the alu­minium body, which helped form the ba­sis for the alu­minium used in the F- Se­ries pickup trucks to save weight.

Per­haps the most im­por­tant ad­vance­ments from the GT, though, are those within its 3.5- litre EcoBoost en­gine — based on the same unit that pow­ers Ford’s F- 150 Rap­tor pickup.

“We­pushed the en­gine’s lim­its beyond what we might con­sider in tra­di­tional de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes, which is im­por­tant as we con­tinue to ad­vance EcoBoost tech­nol­ogy as a cen­tre­piece of the com­pany’s global line- up,” said Bob Fascetti, Ford vice- pres­i­dent, pow­er­train engi­neer­ing.

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