For the uninitiated, the Ford GT can seem like it’s out of left field. After all, we’re talking about a $400,000+ supercar from the company better known for shifting F-150 pickup trucks and Focus compacts. But for those with knowledge of motorsports, or even just the retro-steeped 2005-2006 GT, it makes perfect sense.
Simply put, today’s Ford GT is one of the most exciting cars distinctive cars on the road. The mid-engined, carbon-fiber-bodied GT is powered by a 647-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. 0-60 mph happens in just 2.8 seconds and top speed is pegged at 216 mph. Clearly not a car for everyone, Ford is building the GT in Ontario, Canada in small enough volumes that it’s had to institute a lottery system to evaluate prospective owners. Those lucky souls who get to buy one will have one of the most dynamic cars on the planet, and a future blue-chip collectible.
The $400,000, 647-horsepower Ford GT made its global debut at the North American International Auto Show way back in 2015, and at virtually every major show since Ford has trotted it out again, dipped in some new color or another, usually spinning serenely on a turntable and surrounded by a healthy crowd.
I'm not ashamed to say that I've quite often been a member of those crowds, usually lost in thought, trying to make sense of the shape of the thing. In my not-so-humble opinion, the Ford GT is the single most striking production car on the road today, and every time I stood to ponder the car, I spotted something new in the design. Some new shape, a new crease or, indeed, some new section of open air.
Yet still, in the early morning light on the front straight at the Ford Performance Racing School last week, as our production team painstaking tried to capture all those details on film, I was still standing and still pondering and still picking out new shapes and features from that outrageous design.
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