Dearborn – Two years after pulling the covers off its all-new, reincarnated GT, Ford has divulged the outputs and some performance figures for its potent new mid-engined supercar.
Ford originally stated that the GT’s 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 would produce in excess of 450kW, but now we know that “more than” in this case equals exactly 482kW and 746Nm, with 90 percent of that twisting force available from as low as 3500rpm.
Oh, and there’s isn’t a lot of bulk to lug around as the car’s lightweight architecture results in a dry weight (excluding fuel, oils etc) of just 1400kg, making for an explosive power to weight ratio. To be more specific, the GT has a carbon-fibre passenger cell and body panels as well as aluminium front and rear sub-frames.
Although Ford is keeping the acceleration figures a secret for now, the company does list a top speed of 216mph (347.5km/h). Ford also boasts that it posted a faster lap time than the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale around the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada, 2m09.8 versus 2m10.88 and 2m12.9.
Not only is it the fastest Ford ever, but its active suspension and aerodynamic systems clearly also make it incredibly agile. Ford says that the production car shares “a great deal” with the GT race car that won the GT class at Le Mans last year.
This is clearly a car that’s got a lot of people dreaming, with over 200 000 people having played with the car’s virtual configurator and 6506 potential customers having submitted applications to purchase one of the original batch of 500 cars. In fact, to appease some of these wealthy enthusiasts, Ford has decided to increase the production timespan from two to four years.
“While we can't build enough Ford GT's for everybody who has applied, we are going to produce more cars in an effort to satisfy some of our most loyal customers,” Ford Performance global director Dave Pericak announced at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.