Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) revealed the latest version of its GT supercar on Monday at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, showing car aficionados the successor to the Ford GT that the U.S. automaker made way back in 2005 to 2006. The new supercar shows the company’s confidence in the reviving auto market, which has seen a slump during the 2008-2009 recession.
The new GT sportscar from Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is sleek in design, boasting of an aerodynamic coupe body packed with a mid-mounted engine and a rear-wheel-drive-configuration. It is sporting a flashy blue color, and with its 600 horsepower machine, this iconic car will enter the stage competing with “the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini,” according to Bloomberg.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)’s new GT, which will hit production late next year, comes with 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine. “You don’t buy this car for fuel economy,” said Ford Chairman Bill Ford when asked questions about fuel efficiency. “There’s a lot of fuel-saving technology in here, but I’d be lying if I said this was about fuel efficiency,” Mr. Ford added, scoffing at the question according to Bloomberg.
The new Ford GT will be released in select markets, and it is also expected to join the 2016 United SportsCar Championship and the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. Next year, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its historic championship at the 1966 Le Mans competition, where the carmaker fielded the original GT40, grabbing the first, second, and third places at the said race.
To account for an excellent power to weight ratio, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) used lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum. Its body also boasts of active aerodynamics, such as the rear spoiler that can be deployed. “The GT was a challenge to our collective team on how to take all of this new technology—lightweighting, aerodynamics, EcoBoost engines—how do you take all of this embodiment into a super car,” says Joe Hinrichs, president of the Americas for Ford, as quoted in a Wall Street Journal report.
This article has been written by Nonito Guntan.