The 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show, held last month in Detroit, offered two bombshells: the Acura NSX – expected, and the Ford GT – utterly unforeseen.
Actually, if you’re a gambler, betting on Ford to reveal a flagship supercar would have given you the jackpot – though no one even considered adding it to the poll. “We actually had a little skunkworks in the Dearborn studio downstairs that no one knew about,” comments on the matter Moray Callum, Ford’s vice president of design. “And it was done on the quiet,” – actually so quiet that even few people within Ford knew something about a mysterious hypercar being developed. The 2017 Ford GT comes as a spectacular and convincing celebration of the50th anniversary of the company’s legendary victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race when no less than three Ford GT40 racers took the whole podium home. Today, the 2017 Ford GT is on the racetrack again – it has just the next 18 months to go from concept to production, with compressed testing and development – as the model will need to hit dealerships by the end of next year. “We’ve done this in record time,” Callum added for Forbes. “I tell people it’s the ‘fastest’ car we’ve ever designed” – both in terms of development time and acceleration and speed.
The GT should finally deliver Ford’s promise to raise to the high bar set by Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche and other high-end makers of seven-figure supercars. It also follows on GM’s premise, which has managed the same with the much more affordable Chevy Corvette Stingray. Ford promises its GT to deliver one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any commercially available vehicle – with ultra-light carbon-fiber and 600 horsepower from a new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 under the hood. The latter is actually derided from the Ford IMSA Daytona Prototype race car, which took home the honors at the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race.