It’s been 50 long years since the late great GT40 won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the 24 Hour LeMans race in 1966. Add another 10 years since the GT’s return in 2005, and now we’ve been blessed with the Ford GT’s return in 2016! We are all very familiar(At least I hope we are) with the older models, so I’m gonna take this opportunity to highlight this stunning new model.
Sadly, we must bid farewell to that yummy 427 cubic-inch, supercharged V8. Because Ford is all EcoBoost crazy, it only makes sense that the new GT has an EcoBoost heart as well. However unlike the EcoBoost engines of other Ford models, this variation packs a whopping 600hp that gets sent directly to the rear wheels. Producing those 600 horses is a 3.5L twin turbo V6(GASP!) no V8s or superchargers here; remember, its a new day. To get those wheels moving, the transmission is not a standard 6 speed like we are used to, but instead a dual clutch 7-speed gear box. Surprisingly enough, the EcoBoost engine in this new GT is derived from Ford’s own Daytona Prototype engine that recently won the 12 hours of Sebring in the United SportsCar Series this past year.
Ford claims that this new GT will posses one of the best power to weight distributions of any production car. To achieve this, the GT will be built from an ultra lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis. In addition the GT will feature inboard pushrod suspension and active aero wings for greater downforce and braking capabilities.
To keep up with competition from Domestic (Stingray Z06) and abroad, you should expect to shell out somewhere around $200k for a new GT. A bargain *cough cough* compared to the 458. To be honest, I’d have one of these over a 458 any day.