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Cars We Can't Wait For: 2017 Ford GT

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On: Fri, May 22, 2015 at 3:00PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Cars We Can't Wait For:  2017 Ford GT

It seems Ford has started a tradition for itself:  Every ten years they celebrate by creating a monster of a car to celebrate their historical victory at Le Mans back in 1966 with their world-beating GT40. Of course this seems to only be the second time Ford has done this, but some say life doesn't begin until your forty anyway, so we'll assume that the same can be said for anniversaries of beating the snot out of Ferraris in front of the world. 

The first commemorative edition of the GT40 was created in 2005 and known as the Ford GT. Unfortunately, Ford tried to buy the "GT40" name back from Safir Engineering, a company they sold the name to in the 80s, the two carmakers could not come to an amicable agreement, and as such, Ford could not legally use the name "GT40" and instead went simply with GT. While the name may have been different, 2005 car lived up to its almost-namesake brilliantly. It was a rear-wheel drive mid-engined monster that sported all the latest and greatest go-fast tech gear the early 2000's had to offer. It used superplastic-formed frame rails, roll-bonded floor panels, four-piston aluminum Brembo calipers with vented and cross-drilled rotors.

The heart of the GT was a mid-mounted aluminum supercharged 5.4 liter modular V8 that sported DOHC cylinder heads similar to the earlier Shelby GT500 (which had been Ford's king of the hill until the GT). The lighter GT pumped out a disturbingly powerful 550 horsepower and equally as impressive 500 lb-ft of torque. That power combined with a Ricardo six-speed transmission and a curb weight of just 3.350 pounds made for a Ford that was devastatingly fast.

The mighty GT sprinted to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds, to 100 mph in 7.4 seconds and ripped through the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds @ 131.2 mph. Top speed was "limited" to 205 mph. Those performance numbers put the GT on par with the most expensive and exotic cars on the planet. The first GT sold a total of only 4038 models in its two-year run, most of which sold for well over the MSRP of $149,995, presumably because everyone had some idea that the car would be extremely collectable as soon as its production ended. They were right.

Fast forward ten years. Justin Bieber is a thing, Tweets are something that people forget birds do, and gluten is the enemy. But all is not lost in this odd decade, no we have yet another GT to look forward to and it is less than two years away.

The new GT will be everything the last one was, and much, much more. The engine placement will remain mid-mounted, but expect a lot of changes in terms of tech and materials in this new monster. Just as the last GT used the most recent advancements for its time, so shall the next GT. For example, the new car will use a lot of carbon fiber to replace what was mostly aluminum in the previous car and have several active-aero features to help with managing downforce. There will also be improved underbody diffuser flaps carried over and improved upon from the last car. The brakes are going to be carbon-ceramic, the transmission will be a dual-clutch, seven-speed made by Getrag, and hopefully you're ready for the bad-news-good-news segment of the article. The bad news is that the magnificent engine driving Ford's new Halo Car will not be a V8. That's right purists, get your pens ready -- the next GT will sport a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. We will give you a minute. Okay, still with us? Good. The good news is that that little V6 is actually derived from the Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype race car. A little more good news -- there are a set of twin-turbos helping that little motor breathe to the tune of over 600 horsepower.

Obviously there are no official specs as of yet, but we can safely presume the new GT will be faster in all phases of performance than it's predecessor. Unfortunately, the next GT will also outshine the former in terms of cost and exclusivity as well. Also no official productions numbers are available either, but there won't be many of these cars made. The price is rumored to be in the neighborhood of about $300,000. But even if you can't afford one, just knowing that it's on its way to the streets should be enough to fill your automotive heart with joy, because after all, these cars don't come around very often.

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