The new Ford GT is one of the hottest cars of the week, with all of the buzz following its unveiling. While technical details and performance numbers are still somewhat scarce, this video shows the car starting and driving a short distance. The video was ostensibly shot as the car was being put away for the day.
The car employs Ford’s 3.5 liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, tuned to 600 horsepower. Ford aims to race the car in the 2016 24 Hours of LeMans, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic GT40’s win. The FIA World Endurance Championship, of which LeMans is now part, mandates that the displacement limit for a turbocharged or supercharged engine is 4.0 liters; this puts Ford’s EcoBoost just under the limit. With 600 horsepower, it produces 50 more ponies than the 2006-era GT.
Equipped with a seven speed dual-clutch transmission, the car sports 20 inch wheels with specially designed Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires, made specifically for the new GT. Valve-train technology upgrades and direct fuel injection aid the car in maximizing power across a reportedly wider power band. The car is incredibly lightweight, employing extensive use of carbon fiber and lightweight aluminum; the entire passenger cell and many body panels are constructed of the light-weight composite
Among the features obvious on the car are a racing oriented aerodynamic profile, a deployable rear spoiler, and an accentuated diffuser on the rear end. The car’s very design seems to foretell its intention to conquer the GTE Pro class at LeMans. The car will compete in both the 2016 Tudor United SportsCar Championship and the 2016 24 Hours of LeMans. Though specifics are unclear, Chip Ganassi Racing has been announced as a partner.
Ford worked tirelessly to keep the car’s existence secret. A close-knit team of engineers worked on the car’s design beginning a year ago, from the basement of a Ford R&D facility. Only about month ago, did the news of a potential GT successor begin to leak on the internet.