Gone are the days when fastest cars used to be Ferrari. With Ford’s new supercar Ford GT having a top speed of 246 mph, 2017 Ford GT has become the fastest car in the world putting behind the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren. The Ford GT, with the racing version, has already beaten Ferrari and Porsche at the track of Le Mans. Mr. Raj Nair, the Executive Vice President, Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer of Ford, specially mentioned about the speed of the supercar, saying, “The Ford GT has racing in his blood.”
Ford GT: Engine and Specification
The supercar is equipped with twin turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine which is a part of Ford’s EcoBoost family of engines. The engine produces a mammoth 647 HP at 6250 rpm and 550 lb-ft of torque at 5900 rpm. That’s real fast! With the racing version of the engine, at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada, Ford has beaten both McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale. Ford GT’s timing was 2 min 9.8 sec whereas McLaren’s time was 2 min 10.8 sec and Ferrari’s was 2 min 12.9 sec.
Mr. Dave Pericak, the Global Director of Ford, said, “Our expectation has always been that the EcoBoost V6 would perform exceptionally well in the Ford GT –- both regarding power as well as aerodynamic efficiency. We are extremely pleased with how it performs, both on the track and on the road.”
The new version of GT has gone through a drastic change in the engine than its previous version. The previous GT was powered by 5.4-liter V8 engine, producing 550 bhp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Although with this high powered engine, the official released EPA of the new GT shows that it is even more frugal in fuel efficiency compare to its V8 version predecessor.
Ford GT: Exterior
To make the car lighter, Ford is using carbon fiber as the main structure. It will also give the car more structural rigidity. Ford is also using Aluminium sub-frames for reducing the car’s weight and to increase the car’s stiffness; they are integrating steel role cage. The dry weight of the car is less than 1400 kg, and with the power output of 647 bhp, the GT has a power to weight ratio of 470 bhp/ton, which is by far one of the highest.
Ford GT: Interior
Instead of conventional dials, Ford is using a digital display for all its speed, revs, and other things. The car has “F1-style” steering wheel. The seats are fixed, and the steering column and pedal box adjust according to driver’s size. It makes sure that the weight distribution does not vary with the change of driver.
The car has five adjustable driving modes: – Normal mode, Wet mode, Sports mode, Track mode and V-Max mode. Modes can be changed via a switch on the steering wheel.
Ford GT: Price and Release Date
The exquisite supercar will cost around $40,000. The initial down payment for the car will be 50% of the total price.
To maintain the exclusivity of the car, Ford is producing 250 cars per year for 4 years till 2020. The window of purchase application for 2017 is already closed by 12 May 2016. For year four, the application will be open again in early 2018 and the year three waiting list candidates will be given the preference and for year four.