The 2017 edition of the Ford GT is now open for orders, with the company’s latest supercar priced from £280,000.
As the headline of the Ford Performance range, which also includes the Focus RS and Shelby Mustang GT350R, the GT will be powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine that produces in excess of 600hp.
Made to be as lightweight as possible, the GT will have a variable ride height, but is built to be low to the road so that the centre of gravity is kept close to the ground, which helps to stabilise the handling.
Built with efficiency in mind, the aerodynamics on the car help to keep the fuel usage as low as possible, but when at speed, they help keep the car smooth through the air, with the exhausts mounted in the middle of the rear bodywork to maximise diffuser performance at the bottom of the car. The rear wing can also be deployed to improve down-force and give the driver more confidence on the track.
Despite the sporty and stripped-out nature of the GT, it is still equipped with useful features, such as the 6.5” touchscreen infotainment system with Satellite Navigation, Rear View Camera and voice recognition linked to the entertainment system. Also with Active Noise Cancelling systems and Intelligent Access, the GT can be very simple to use.
With Ford capable of only building 250 of the GT per year, the first two years of production will concentrate on making the model an “ambassador” for the Ford brand. Those who own and drive a 2005 version of the GT will also be given priority. Deliveries of the new supercar will begin later this year.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
April 13, 2016