At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, a legend was reborn. The all-new, 2017 Ford GT supercar single-handily stole the show and made everyone’s jaw drop with its stunning design.
The new GT supercar is instantly recognizable thanks to a sleek, aerodynamically-optimized low-slung profile inspired by the original GT race car. It sports a carbon fiber front splitter, a large air duct for cooling the engine, an active rear spoiler, a prominent diffuser, and two massive exhaust tips.
Familiarly-shaped LED headlight, circular tail lamps and large 20-inch wheels wrapped in specially-made Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires round out its retro good looks.
The doors swing upwards to reveal a clean, two-seat cockpit with a digital instrument cluster that is fully configurable; a formula 1-inspired, twin-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel with large shift paddles; and Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system.
Similar to the LaFerrari, the seats are installed directly onto the passenger cell, making it impossible to adjust their position. Fortunately, the driver can adjust the steering wheel and pedals.
The Ford GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials — specifically carbon fiber and aluminum — to deliver “outstanding acceleration and handling,” as well as superior braking, safety and efficiency. It is powered by a mid-mounted twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine that produces over 600 horsepower, which is channelled to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch seven-speed transaxle transmission that provides “near-instantaneous gear changes.
Massive carbon ceramic brakes are tasked with reeling in all that power when needed.
Unlike its immediate predecessor, the new, 2017 Ford GT is more than just a street car and marks Ford’s return to big-league endurance racing competitions like Le Mans. It is truly a sight to behold and one hell of a supercar.
Ford GT, C7 Corvette Z06 or Dodge Viper GTS… if you had to choose one, which would it be?