At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, one of the biggest hits was the 2017 Ford GT supercar. Ford surprised many with the futuristic design and performance specifications. They have been working on this project for several years now. Below are the design and performance features of the car.
Exterior and Interior Design
To say that the car has an aerodynamic design is putting it lightly. With just a quick glance at the new 2017 Ford GT, you can tell the automaker has put in a lot of work to achieve its ultra-aerodynamic look. The rear spoiler even has an air brake feature. This may possibly pave the way for standards of future models developed not only by Ford but other companies as well.
While the front end of the car is similar to the GT40, the rest of the exterior design looks completely modern and futuristic. The doors fly out up and forward, which is such a cool feature. What really makes the design look powerful are the two large exhaust outlets in the back. Each one looks like the exhaust from a jet. The car also features an active suspension for increased stability. It has front and rear Brembo brake calipers and rotators as well.
In addition to this performance-friendly look and design, the GT 2017 is made of carbon fiber reducing its overall weight. It has an excellent power to weight ratio and is actually one of the best compared to other production cars. The American manufacturer used an in house program for the development of the carbon fiber in order to reduce costs. Due to the superior strength and stability of carbon fiber, there is an increased efficiency and performance in addition to the car’s light weight.
When it comes to the interior, the new 2017 Ford GT comes with the fixed, integrated bucket seats. Because of this, the F1-inspired steering wheel and pedals had to be adjustable. Behind the multi-functional racing wheel is an LCD color display that replaces a standard instrument cluster. There is also the advanced connectivity system called SYNC 3.
Engine, Performance, Transmission
Ford has come out and even stated that outright speed is not their main goal. Superior handling and solid speed times is what they are seeking. The exceptional handling of the 2017 Ford GT makes for a great endurance racing vehicle. With that being said, the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine offers over 600 horsepower and the same amount of torque.
The twin turbocharged EcoBoost engine under its hood is the best of its kind so far. The time to torque features are very impressive. It also has a wide powerband. You can tell high efficiency combined with a powerful performance were automaker’s goals when designing this power unit.
The car boasts a dual-clutch gearbox with seven speeds for superior driver control. This model also includes a direct dual fuel injection system to allow for fast engine response times. The system is completely new to the lineup.
Some people may overlook the car simply because it comes with a V-6 engine. However, this twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 has several racing wins under its belt. This just goes to show that pure horsepower is not the only thing that matters when it comes to performance. Power to weight ratio and the overall handling of the vehicle must not be ignored.
2017 Ford GT Release Date, Price
While there is no official release date yet, the 2017 Ford GT is expected to be released in late 2016. Many car enthusiasts estimate the price to be over $140,000. It will be manufactured in Ontario in partnership with a company from Toronto.
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