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NAIAS 2015: Next generation Ford GT revealed at Detroit

NAIAS 2015: Next generation Ford GT revealed at Detroit image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Iñigo S. Roces, Ford Press | posted January 13, 2015 11:19

The Ford GT is powered by a mid-mounted twin turbo EcoBoost V6 that churns out 608 PS

Powering its way onto the 2015 North American International Auto Show is the next generation Ford GT; a model that traces its roots back to the Le Mans 24 hours-winning GT40 and the previous Ford GT. According to the American automaker, the new generation Ford GT has the latest in aerodynamics, lightweight carbon fiber construction and EcoBoost powertrain.

“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar. GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio – another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development.

The rear of the Ford GT

Carbon fiber and lightweight composites were heavily used in making the GT's body while the front and rear subframes are entirely made from aluminum and are wrapped in carbon fiber body panels. Design-wise, the front and rear sections of the Ford GT is still reminiscent of the previous generation albeit the new one has a more aggressive stance and more angular lines.

It has a large air intake, a vented hood and DRL-equipped headlights at the front while the rear has a diffuser, circular taillights and high-mounted exhaust pipes. The doors now open upwards while the rear gets an active spoiler that automatically adjusts itself depending on speed.

The interior of the Ford GT

Inside, the cabin of the Ford GT was kept simple and purposeful which provides control, comfort and safety according to Ford. Both the driver and passenger seats are both bolted onto the carbon fiber body shell which not only reduces weight and seating hardware, but also allows a direct sensory feel to the chassis. It has an F1-inspired steering wheel that integrates all of the driver controls, paddle shifters and a digital instrument cluster.

Powering the Ford GT is a mid-mounted twin turbo EcoBoost V6 that cranks out 608 PS and is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transaxle. While no official top speed and 0 – 100 km/h figures were given by Ford, the company stated the new 7-speed dual clutch gearbox is capable of 'near instantaneous gear changes'.

Production of the new Ford GT is slated to begin towards the end of next year.