The GT is one of more than 12 new performance vehicles scheduled for release by 2020 and joins the Focus RS, F–150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.
The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever, a next-generation twin-turbocharged V6 producing more than 600 horsepower.
The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fibre and aluminium enabling outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency.
The car features advanced lightweight composites, which will help serve Ford’s entire product lineup moving forward. With the broad application of structural carbon fibre elements, the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.
Anchored by a carbon fibre passenger cell, the car features aluminium front and rear subframes encapsulated in structural carbon fibre body panels.
Ford and DowAksa are accelerating joint research to develop high-volume manufacturing techniques for automotive-grade carbon fibre, aiming to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability. The companies will be part of the newly formed Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, announced by the U.S. government earlier in the month. The institute is part of the larger National Network for Manufacturing Innovation supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.