XCAR Reviews The New Ford GT: Video
Seven months haven’t done much to diminish the initial shock and awe we experienced when the 2017 Ford GT was introduced at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. Successor to the Le Mans winning 1964-1969 Ford GT40 and the 2005-2006 GT, the new GT is a thoroughly modern supercar that employs lightweight carbon-fiber construction and super-stiff aluminum subframes. Power comes not from a V-8, but a new turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 producing in excess of 600 horsepower. Ford says that it will have “the best” power-to-weight ratio.
The fellows over at XCAR recently got to spend some quality time with the new GT, and they brought a video camera along so the rest of us can pore over some of its finer details: the flying buttress that flank the engine and channel air toward the rear wing; the headlamps, which are somehow both retro and modern, and the tail lamps that exhaust spent air from the radiators. XCAR also rightfully points out that there’s a precedent for a V-6 in a Ford supercar, since the 1970 GT70 rally car also had one. If you’re like us, then you won’t be able to get enough of this stuff.
So, we know the 2016 Ford GT is probably going to be about 30 different types of star-spangled awesome, but we actually haven’t learned that much since the road car’s debut (I say “road car” because Ford confirmed in June that the GT will race in the Tudor United SportsCar Champion Ship and the World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016), but that should change once auto show season fires up again. In the meantime, checkout the video.