• An All-Electric Ford GT Could Dominate The Supercar Segment

The GT is one of the most celebrated nameplates of all time and a transition to electric could once again be history in the making

With an investment of $22 Billion towards electrification, Ford is betting big on EVs. Iconic names like the Mustang and North America’s best-selling vehicle, the F-150 (sold-out) have already taken the plunge with the Mach-E and the Lightning pick-up.

While these vehicles cater to a broader audience in terms of being accessible, what about cars at the other end of the spectrum? With such large investments toward EVs in the pipeline, it’s not hard to imagine heritage names like the GT could also make this transition. These exclusive renders from our sister outlet, Hotcars, should give you an idea of what a potential Ford E-GT could look like.

Overview

The swinging sixties were an amazing time in history. We put a man on the moon, the muscle car was born, and the Ford GT40 beat Ferrari at one of the fiercest endurance road races on the planet, Le Mans. It showed the world that the Blue Oval is so much more than a producer of mass-produced cars. The GT40 was proof that America has the grit and might to build a supercar, and as a result, its place in history is secure.


The GT sits at the top of the food chain of the American automobile. So prudent was its impact that when it came time to celebrate Ford’s centenary, it was the iconic GT name that was chosen to lead the charge. The first-gen GT was born. Production lasted for just two years. Fast forward about a decade and the second-gen GT debuted back in 2016. Having been in production for nearly six years already, it begs the question, what’s in store for the GT moniker next.

Ford E-GT Design

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Let’s talk design. Now with EVs, you don’t necessarily have to make room for an engine compartment. The electric motor doesn’t take up much space and you might as well put a box on wheels and call it a day. Okay, now that would be terrible for aerodynamics, but you get the idea right? EVs don’t necessarily have to follow the typical three-box layout that ICE cars have to adhere to. Having said that more and more automakers are still sticking to the traditional form factor because, hey, design sells and instills a sense of familiarity amongst people. (period)

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There is no denying the fact that one look at this rendering and you can tell it is a GT

With that, let’s take a look at this mock-up of what could be a potential E-GT. The basic form is identical to the ICE car. The digital artist has imagined the E-GT in a bunch of colors, and the all-carbon edition looks rather menacing. So what’s changed as opposed to the ICE car? Well, the big air intake on the face has been closed off on the E-GT and you’ve got more futuristic-looking lights up front. You’ve also got closed-off-aero wheels, that wear the Ford name proudly, and I’m especially a big fan of the electric blue highlights along the sill and on the wheels - a detail that signifies this is an all-electric GT.

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In the rear, the most obvious change is the missing exhaust pipes. Instead, there’s got a big black slab with two holes punched out with this entire panel having a wrap-around tail-light element. The spoiler and diffuser are similar to the ICE car.

Electric Performance?

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Now the biggest challenge with any EV apart from the driving range, of course, has to be the added weight that comes with the battery pack. This is even more true for cars that are touted to be high-performance EVs. Thankfully, the second-generation Ford GT is already made completely from Carbon-fiber and has a curb weight of just 3,154 pounds. Ford may have to optimize the suspension and brakes to balance things out. As for packaging, the GT is a low-slung supercar and the placement of the battery pack would certainly have an impact on the center of gravity.

As for horsepower, it’d better be somewhere in the ballpark of 2,000 horsepower as that’s what most current EV hypercars like the Dues Vayanne, Rimac Nevera, Estrema Fulminea, the Pininfarina Battista, and the Tesla Roadster (if and when it arrives specs TBA) are dishing out. Now how it would make its power. Maybe a dual motor or even a quad motor setup would be ideal for something like an E-GT. Again this is pure speculation. So far, the Cobrajet 1400 EV has put up a great show and gives us a good idea of how Ford Performance is embracing the EV revolution.

Will Ford Launch An All-Electric Ford GT?

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So could the iconic GT make this transition into the EV world? I for one think that it most certainly should. With its timeless shape and the right numbers, the E-GT could potentially set the benchmark for the next generation of all-electric hypercars. We’ll have to see if fiction can turn into reality. Watch this space.

Source: HotCars | Timothy Adry Emmanuel

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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