It’s pretty much a scientific fact at this point that Ford won the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. We would have been more than content with the debuts of the 2016 Shelby GT350R and the 2017 Raptor, but the blue oval took things a step further, check that, a quantum leap further with the surprise debut of the second generation GT—a 600 horsepower mid-engine carbon fiber supercar that is both thoroughly futuristic and harkens back to the original GT40s. We also happen to believe a GTE version will show up at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016, which coincides nicely with the 50-year anniversary of the GT40’s first win at the same race.
It was arguably Ford’s most aggressive assault on the performance car market since the company was established in 1903, and this video from Ford provides a (CGI-enhanced) glimpse of these cars in action.
Ford is getting more serious than ever about high performance road cars. The sixth generation Mustang’s independent rear suspension gives it the evolutionary equivalent of an opposable thumb, and it will assume its ultimate form as a world-beater with the GT350 and even gnarlier GT350R (carbon fiber wheels on a freaking Mustang!). Similarly, the Raptor now gets the F-150’s aluminum body and a lighter, yet more powerful Ecoboost V-6. We still haven’t even mentioned the Focus RS super-hatch that’s on the way.
Ford put every company that builds performance cars on notice in Detroit. It’s going to be a fun few years in Dearborn.