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A Ford GT Test Mule Has Been Spotted Around Detroit With a Seemingly Different Engine

A weird-looking GT test mule was spotted recently that hints at Ford working on the rumored C8 Corvette competitor

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A while back, we shared information about a C8 Corvette being benchmarked on Ford grounds, in Dearborn, Michigan. This was preceded by a trademark for the Thunderbird name, filed by Ford, in January 2021. Recent reports suggest that Ford has moved to the next step in developing a C8 rival. Ford Authority shared information about at least one Ford GT roaming around Ford test facilities. Moreover, the car spotted reportedly had a mysterious new engine that sounded nothing like the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost.

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In a previous article, we talked about what Ford’s C8 rival could be powered by. Although we expected it to have a de-tuned version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 found in the current Ford GT, reports indicate that the prototype’s engine sounds quite different. They haven’t confirmed it’s a V-8 either, so what could it be? A logical explanation would be a flat-plane V-8 engine, most likely based on the “Voodoo” that’s powering the Mustang Shelby GT350.

This mysterious prototype could also mark the end of the current Ford GT. The mid-engine supercar came out in 2016 with 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet (746 Nm). This allowed for a 2.9-second sprint to 60 mph (97 km/h), a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 134 mph (216 km/h), and a top speed of 217 mph (349 km/h). In 2020, the production of the Ford GT was extended. The updated car now made 660 horsepower and the same 550 pound-feet (746 Nm).

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Sources say the car sounded like no other Ford GT. It could be a version of the GT350’s "Voodoo" engine.

We have to accept that Ford’s mysterious test mule could potentially mean another version of the Ford GT, this time with an engine more similar to the original car. However, given all other pieces of information, gathered over the last months, this is almost certainly the C8 Corvette rival, Ford is working on. In the meantime, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open and share any updates about what Ford is up to.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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