With yesterday’s introduction of the 2016 Ford GT at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, Ford threw down the gauntlet for a return to Le Mans. As we expected. And we’re still drooling. Alas, to be a legal racer, a vehicle must be homologated (approved for sale to the general market), and all indications point to the Ford GT hitting the streets sometime next year.
The new Ford GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials via a carbon-fiber passenger cell, aluminum front and rear subframes, and carbon fiber body panels, which contribute to world-class acceleration, handling, braking, safety, and efficiency. The tear-drop exterior shape, aircraft-inspired fuselage, and curved windshield are optimized for minimal drag and optimal downforce, the latter assisted by an active rear spoiler that adjusts its own height and pitch angle, depending on driving conditions.
But this mid-engined exotic has a surprise when you check out the engine bay: a V6. Six-hundred horsepower from its race-ready twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost should placate the haters, but we’re sure that it won’t be good enough for the haters, since a six simply is unacceptable for some. But hey, never mind the fact that six-cylinder exotics have a proud history in such brands as Aston Martin, Acura NSX, and the Mercedes “Gullwing”.
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