We've all done some terrible things to our trousers because of the new Ford GT, but there's been one huge unanswered question about the car hanging over all our heads: how is it for large-object cargo-carrying use? I'm happy to say we're the first with the definitive answer.
As many have speculated, the key to the Ford GT's highly anticipated large-object cargo-carrying capabilities is also one of its most dramatic styling details: the flying buttresses.
According to Nemo Fakeman, the engineer in charge of the GT's Internal Cargo Stowage and Towing, the GT was designed to carry most standard-size steamer trunks as well as a line of Ford-produced GT-specific cargo pods. The buttresses are equipped with ridges designed to stabilize standard bungie cords, and there's special tie-downs for the hooks.
Ford was very specific about the number of windings of cord per buttress: a minimum of four are required, or your GT's warranty is void.
They demoed the capability with a standard set of bungie cords and a lovely vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, and from what I saw, it worked quite well. The model had minimal trouble heaving the 74 lb trunk onto the car, and standard trunks are guaranteed to stay on at speeds up to 90 MPH, with Ford's custom, aero-designed cargo pods secure up to speeds of 146 MPH.
Also, I may have dreamed this.