Ford did it. They actually went and did it. It's been rumored about and speculated on for months, but now we know it's real. This is it: the new Ford GT. Ford just dropped a bomb on the rest of the world, and it's got a 600 HP twin-turbo V6, if you can believe it.
Here's what you need to know: it has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 (yes, seriously) with more than 600 horsepower. The twin-turbo mill is mounted amidships and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox nestled inside a carbon fiber tub.
Aluminum subframes are mounted at each end and wrapped in carbon fiber body panels, and Ford promises it will "exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car."
Fully-active aerodynamics and an actuated rear spoiler improve braking and downforce. The rolling stock is made up for 20-inch wheels wrapped in custom Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires framing carbon ceramic brakes.
The driver seat is fixed, with the F1-style steering wheel and pedals moving to fit the driver. The steering column is "stalkless" so there's nothing between your hands and the paddle shifters, and the dash is completely digital and fully configurable with multiple driving modes.
And look at these freaking doors.
As a reminder, the original Ford GT40 wasn't just another endurance racer. Sporting iconic looks and a mighty V8 engine, it emerged victorious in Ford's bitter Le Mans battle against Ferrari, one of the greatest David vs. Goliath stories in all of motorsports. The Ford resurrected it a decade ago with a limited edition, street-legal supercar with the performance to match the best Europe had to offer. It was an amazing machine that remains highly respected and coveted today.
Now there's this. An even more modern interpretation that's not only going to race, but Ford says it into production next year. NEXT YEAR.
"When do you want to build it?" - Fields
"Next year." - Bill Ford
Photos credit Jerry Villagrana