Ford has released many images of the Ford GT as a concept and as a race car, but the main news about it will be the release of the production version of the new vehicle. Ford GT Forum has taken from Ford the chance to make any surprises. First, because the production version of the supercar will have only minor changes compared to the concept. Second, because they have manage to get a picture of the GT in production guise, in which these differences are pretty evident.
Compare the external rear-view mirrors of the two cars. The production version has bigger ones, as well as a back spoiler. It has also integrated amber side markers to the front fenders and its front spliter is painted in black piano instead of the matte black that is on the concept. And that seems pretty much all the changes the car will present.
The new Ford GT will probably be revealed at a major auto show in 2016. It will use a 3.5 V6 EcoBoost engine able to deliver more than 515 kW, derived from the version used in IMSA Daytona Endurance race cars. The car will be built with carbon fiber and aluminum in order to achieve the lowest power-to-ratio in any car ever produced, according to Ford executives.Production of these panels will be outsourced to Multimatic Motorsports and Engineering, the company that has created the body panels for the Aston Martin One-77.
These weight saving efforts are what explains the fact that the car does not have hybrid propulsion, for example. And one of the most extreme examples of these efforts is the use of Gorilla Glass in the windshield and in the back window.
Ford will produce only 250 units a year and production will not go beyond 1,000 units. Prices will be steep, with US$400,000 for each unit. The new GT will have four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Track and Wet), helped by 50 sensors and 6 different CAN networks composed by 28 microprocessors able to analyze 300 Mb per second. They will run the active damping and aerodynamics, traction and stability control. No word has been said on torque vectoring, but it is possible Ford tries to achieve it. With no electric motors, that is something we would like to see working.
Source: Ford GT Forum