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Ford Performance unveils a next-generation supercar that sets the tone for the future

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy by Steve Turner and courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The rumors were true, but the car was more than we could have imagined. Today Ford pulled back the covers on a new Ford GT supercar. Codenamed the Phoenix, this halo performance car will not only raise the blood pressure of performance enthusiasts, but it makes a bold statement about where Ford is headed in the future.

While the new Ford GT looks absolutely stunning, those space-age lines aren’t just for show. Instead, each line is designed to reduce drag and enhance downforce. The active aerodynamics are said to not only improve handling and stability, but enhance braking as well.
While the new Ford GT looks absolutely stunning, those space-age lines aren’t just for show. Instead, each line is designed to reduce drag and enhance downforce. The active aerodynamics are said to not only improve handling and stability, but enhance braking as well.

Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GT40’s 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans, this supercar will go into production next year and will feature the highest performance production EcoBoost engine to date, cranking out over 600 horsepower.

“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer said of Henry Ford’s win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. “We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”

If you follow sports car racing, you know that Ford’s Daytona prototypes have successfully fielded the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Well, this is basically a production version of that engine, which has been beefed up for street durability but still retains racy features like dry-sump oiling.

“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, said. “GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio – another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.”

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Accentuating the performance of the 3.5 EcoBoost engine, Ford seeks to create one of the best power-to-weight ratios around by relying on carbon fiber, which foreshadows the company’s mainstreaming of composite materials. While the subframes are aluminum, they are mounted to a carbon-fiber passenger cell and surrounded by carbon-fiber body panels.

This fortified 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is equipped with a new, port/direct dual fuel-injection system, which is said to improve engine response. Its valvetrain is fitted with a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain, which was clearly developed in the racing arena. Backing the impressive engine is a seven-speed, dual-clutch transaxle that promises quick shifts.
This fortified 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is equipped with a new, port/direct dual fuel-injection system, which is said to improve engine response. Its valvetrain is fitted with a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain, which was clearly developed in the racing arena. Backing the impressive engine is a seven-speed, dual-clutch transaxle that promises quick shifts.

And, do those body panels ever look good. Though the front end clearly hints at the car’s historic lineage, the rest of the car is thoroughly modern.

Under those stunning good looks, the GT is brimming with suspension gear bred on the racetrack. It runs on a torsion bar and push-rod suspension with an adjustable ride height. That suspension plants 20-inch wheels wearing Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires. Braking is courtesy of carbon-ceramic stoppers.

It’s not just the braking that makes you stop and think. That Ford sees a business case in innovating on a performance level like this and trickling that technology down to its mainstream vehicles bodes well for the future.

The seat is fixed but the pedals and steering wheel are adjustable, which cuts down on complexity and weight. The Ford GT features an F1-style steering wheel on a stalkless steering column, which puts all the controls on the wheel, including the paddle shifters and configurable driving modes.
The seat is fixed but the pedals and steering wheel are adjustable, which cuts down on complexity and weight. The Ford GT features an F1-style steering wheel on a stalkless steering column, which puts all the controls on the wheel, including the paddle shifters and configurable driving modes.

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  1. looks great. im not happy that its a boosted V6 however. a gt350 based engine with turbos wouldve been a better way to go imo.

    either way, the car will be great but we wont be seeing the same stupid power (tq) levels like we have from the 5.4 based GT once modded. no doubt though, this version will be much faster in stock form. really like the looks

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