FORD HAS TAKEN the wraps off its stunning 600bhp 2016 GT supercar.
Going on sale in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours race, the new GT features extensive use of lightweight composites which Ford claims will give the GT “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.”
At the centre of the weight saving efforts is a carbon fibre passenger cell, similar to that used by McLaren on the 12C, aluminium front and rear subframes and carbon fibre body panels.
Ford’s new McLaren 12C and Ferrari 458 Italia rival shuns the current trend for performance hybrid drivetrains in favour of a more mechanical method of fuel efficiency, taking its 600bhp from a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 petrol engine.
Backing up the power is active torsion bar, pushrod suspension, active ride height, carbon-ceramic brakes and unique Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
The new GT clearly references the original Ferrari-bating GT40 of the 1960’s but considerably less than 2005’s GT, including active rear aerodynamics, massive scoops and angles and large, high-mounted central exhausts.