Chevy painted a handful of brown cars for the Corvette’s 50th birthday. Ford is getting big. The 2005 GT was given to celebrate its centenary; The task was to create a special edition of the 50th birthday of Mustang, which redesigned the entire car; And now, in 1966, at Le Mans, he commemorates the golden jubilee of his historic 2: 3 sweep with another interpretation of the victorious GT40.
Unlike this 2005 redux, this is not a 13/10 model of anything. According to Jamal Hameedi, the chief engineer of Ford’s global performance vehicle, the final GT said: “We had the model car and we had to work the aerodynamics inside that silhouette, here we had a clean sheet.” The aerodynamics, he says, is “the spearhead” for the development of the GT, from the nose of the sharks on the teardrop-shaped cockpit to the radical channels of the body side to the movable rear wing, which can adjust both its height as the step , Even those braces that connect the roof with the fenders are aerodynamically shaped and have a wing-shaped cross-section.
Another priority of the development team was to minimize the mass. GT Chief Engineer Kip Ewing calls the target weight “extraordinary” and we translate it to around 2800 pounds. The central cockpit and body of the vehicle are made of carbon fiber, with the front and rear substructures and most of the suspension made of aluminum. In the narrow cabin, the driver and front passenger sit shoulder to shoulder in the seats, which are attached directly to the bathtub. As in the Ferrari LaFerrari fit steering wheel and pedals. Hameedi says the provision of a tight fit is not a measure of weight saving but of design and safety. “Arrange the inhabitants and you can wrap the greenhouse around them, you know where they will be and they can bring everything together.”
The most dangerous aspect of the GT, however, is its powertrain. For its Ferrari fighter, Ford has abandoned the V-8 in its portfolio and has opted for a V-6 twin-turbo 3.5-liter. If the cylinder count seems to be low, keep in mind that the engine will jump off directly from the Ford Daytona-winning IMSA sports prototype. Ford spokesman Paul Seredynski says, “The GT machine did not develop in collaboration with the Daytona prototype engine, but the Daytona prototype engine, which was our engine development program.” For the road car, it will have about 650 hp and is supported by a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The engine will not be the only GT link to the track. A suspension configuration activated by pushrods and race-style makes the body sides look unique and Ewing says the GT’s “first and foremost duty is to be an excellent race car”.
Buyers will find out for themselves how good it will be next year. The director of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, says the production will be “hundreds, not thousands”. The prices will be $ 400,000.
But can Ford resist making this anniversary celebration even bigger? Ask someone in the company about returning to Le Mans and emphasize that they are “focused on the road car,” which means there is no racing program yet. We hope that Ford will once again compete with Ferrari in the near-standard and less expensive GT class at Le Mans in June 2016.