Ford's all-new GT for 2016
Ford GT for 2016
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21st January, 2015
- All-new Ford GT super car sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances for Ford in
light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost engine
- Ford GT features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6
producing more than 600 horsepower
- Ultra-high-performance super car is Ford’s most extreme offering, infused with race-proven technology engineered
to keep company with so called exotic cars when it goes into production in 2016
Ford has unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance super car that serves as a technology showcase for top
EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fibre construction.
Beginning production late next year, the GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary
of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation
as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive
officer, referring to Henry Ford’s win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company.
“We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”
The all-new GT super car features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe
body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged
EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower.
The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fibre and aluminium – enabling outstanding
acceleration and handling with improved efficiency.
Ford’s commitment to and capability in delivering technologies typically offered only in elite vehicles is evident in
the GT. These include advanced active aerodynamics, such as a deployable rear spoiler, and a host of material and
“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast super car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global
Product Development. “GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future
product portfolio – another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving
vehicles for all of our customers.”
Carbon fibre innovation
Few innovations provide a more wide-ranging performance and efficiency advantage than reducing weight. All factors of
a vehicle’s capabilities – acceleration, handling, braking, safety, efficiency – can improve through the use of advanced,
The all-new GT features advanced lightweight composites, which will help serve Ford’s entire product line-up in times
to come. With the broad application of structural carbon fibre elements, the GT will exhibit one of the best
power-to-weight ratios of any production car.
Anchored by a carbon fibre passenger cell, the GT features aluminium front and rear subframes encapsulated in
structural carbon fibre body panels. Carbon fibre is one of the world’s strongest materials for its mass – enabling an
ultra-stiff foundation for chassis components, while making a lighter overall package for increased dynamic performance
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Most powerful production EcoBoost ever
Based on the same race-proven engine architecture serving Ford’s IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racing efforts, the
next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 in the GT features a wide powerband with impressive
The engine demonstrates remarkable efficiency – a key attribute of its endurance racing-derived powertrain, where
exceptional performance combined with efficiency is a critical competitive advantage.
Ford’s twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 raced to three wins in its first season of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
in 2014, including a win in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring, along with seven podiums over more than 15,000 endurance
The Ford GT features an all-new, port/direct dual fuel-injection set-up to improve engine response, plus a
low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 will be matched with a seven-speed
dual-clutch transaxle for near-instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control.
Aero innovation gets active
Aerodynamic efficiency is at the centre of the GT design, actively reducing drag while aiding downforce and
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From its optimum tear-drop shape to its aircraft-inspired fuselage and visibility-enhancing curved windshield, every
slope and shape is designed to minimise drag and optimise downforce.
Although each surface on the GT is functionally crafted to manage airflow, it also features fully active aerodynamic
components to improve braking, handling and stability.
An active rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or
pitch angle depending on conditions.
Designed for purpose
While it shares a legacy with classic Ford racing and performance cars, GT is a fully contemporary and functional
shape that communicates modernity and pure beauty.
The state-of-the-art chassis is suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with
adjustable ride height. The 20-in wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres featuring a unique
compound and structure designed specifically for the Ford GT. Multi-spoke wheels encircle carbon-ceramic brake discs at
all four corners.
The narrow-profile canopy reduces frontal area and caps a purposeful interior that provides state-of-the-art
technology to ensure control, comfort and safety. The two-seat cabin is accessed by upward-swinging doors, and features
driver and passenger seats integrated directly into the carbon fibre passenger cell.
This configuration significantly reduces seating hardware and weight, and provides a consistent and direct sensory
connection to the chassis. The fixed seating is combined with adjustable pedals and steering column to accommodate a very
wide range of driver statures.
An F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, making a stalkless steering column that allows
uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls. A fully digital and configurable instrument cluster
provides a wealth of driver-focused data. The display is configurable for multiple driving environments and different
“While we hope enthusiasts rejoice about this all-new GT, all Ford customers will benefit from the ultimate
performance Ford and its new-generation innovations,” said Nair.
The Ford GT is not intended for the Australian market.
Specifications are subject to change without notice, as always.