By: Sam Bisby
The Detroit motor show has been kicked off in style thanks to Ford unveiling its all-new GT supercar that is set to go on global sale in 2016.
Just like the upcoming new Mustang and Focus RS, the redesigned Ford GT will be released to a global market that is expected to include Europe.
The new Ford GT’s styling will obviously be the first element to draw your eye, with potential influences from the LaFerrari and Lamborghini Asterion combining with some classic sleek lines from the original GT40 of the 1960s.
As with the previous GT, the all-new model will be mid-engined, but instead of being supercharged, Ford has decided to go with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 that has been given the EcoBoost treatment to offer in excess of 600bhp.
This monumental power will be put through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the car will also benefit from a body made predominantly from carbon fibre to give the new GT a lightweight structure.
Ford has yet to reveal any performance details, but say the new GT will have “outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency” and “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.”
The previous GT was known for its rather sizeable rubber at each of its corners and the new model follows suit, with 20-inch wheels surrounded by Michelin Pilot Super Cup tyres; meanwhile, a torsion bar and pushrod arrangement will make up the new GT’s suspension and incorporates adjustable ride settings.
Initially, the interior of the new brute looks to be a bit fiddly, especially in regards to the steering wheel, but Ford insists the cabin has been created with purpose and houses a clever looking digital display behind the wheel. To get inside the new GT in first place, the driver will need to open the Lamborghini Aventador-esque upward-swinging doors and then place themselves within a seat directly connected with the car’s floor.
This year sees the Ford Performance arm release the new Mustang in the car’s 50th year and a similar anniversary will be made with the new GT, with 2016 marking half a century since the GT40’s first, second and third at Le Mans in 1966.
Whether the images we see here are the final product, only time will tell, but we’re massively excited nonetheless.
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