This is the all-new Ford GT supercar, very likely the biggest surprise of this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
The all-new Ford GT is instantly recognisable with plenty of design cues from the original Le Mans GT40 and the GT that was in production from 2005-2006.
The new car is less retro with a more modern touch. While the original GT40 used a V8 and the revival had a supercharged V8, the all-new model is using a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 producing more than 600 horsepower linked to a seven-speed DCT.
The all-new GT serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fibre construction.
The production will start in late 2016 and this modern day GT will be available 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. It is not known yet will Ford also produce a LHD version.
Mid-mounted EcoBoost engine sends power to the rear wheels and thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre, aluminium and active aerodynamics is all about outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency.
The new GT has a carbon fibre passenger cell and aluminium front and rear subframes encapsulated in structural carbon fibre body panels.
The tear-drop shape, aircraft-inspired fuselage and visibility-enhancing curved windshield is all designed to minimise drag and optimise downforce.
Fully active aerodynamic components improve braking, handling and stability. At the rear is an active rear spoiler keyed to both speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.
There is also a state-of-the-art chassis suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height.
All this rides on 20-in wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres featuring a unique compound and structure designed specifically for the Ford GT. The multi-spoke wheels are hiding carbon-ceramic brake discs at all four corners.
Interior reveals an F1-style steering wheel integrating all necessary driver controls, paddle-shift controls, a fully digital and a configurable instrument cluster.