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The Ford GT May Be Back, Baby! And It's a Hybrid!

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On: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 5:23PM | By: Chris Weiss


The Ford GT May Be Back, Baby! And It's a Hybrid!

America is slowly becoming the new Italy. The boot may have Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Pagani, but we have SSC, TranStar Racing, a new Dodge Viper, and now...a new Ford GT. Allegedly. Yes, I'd rather have the former three, but those four ain't bad. According to a recent report on Auto Express, Ford is deep in the works on an all-new GT supercar that will pack more power and performance than ever. And it will pack it in a hybrid powertrain.

According to the rumor, the new mid-engined car will have a hybrid powertrain similar in design to the Porsche 918 Spyder. A supercharged V8 around 600-hp will provide primary motivation, but will get an extra power boost from a front-mounted electric motor when needed for acceleration.

The GT will get an aluminum chassis and composite body panels to help it keep weight in the 3,000-lb. range. In terms of design, it will reportedly take much inspiration from the GT90 concept that Ford presented at the 1995 Detroit Auto Show (pictured upstairs). The GT will suck down plenty of air thanks to a large front air intake and side and hood vents. Thankfully, those awkard pencil-moustache headlights will be replaced by a more angled pair that will undoubtedly look more modern and attractive.

When firing on all cylinders, the GT is expected to push the 3-second to 62 mph barrier and 200-mph top speed bar.

The original Ford GT was the GT40 racer from the 1960s. In 2002, Ford presented an all-new GT40 concept (a follow-up to the GT90), which laid way for the 2005-2006 production vehicle. That model was a solid supercar of the time, boasting a 3.5-second 0 to 60 mph and a 205 mph top speed. Powering the wheels was a 550-hp 5.4-liter V8. It cost around $150K.

No word on when the GT will debut, but with Geneva and New York coming up, we're keeping our fingers crossed.

If you want to get a better idea of what the GT revival might look like, Auto Express has a pretty intriguing mock-up.




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Michigander | 5:42PM (Mon, Feb 7, 2011)

If the new design is true to the Auto Express projections... I might have to start saving up!!


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RoadKill | 9:23AM (Tue, Feb 8, 2011)

Do we really have to throw "Hybrid" on everything now...



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