"Up close and personal with the 2016 Ford GT"
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Up close and personal with the 2016 Ford GT
Listen to the 2016 Ford GT, the road car based on the racecar that marks Fords return to the [UNKNOWN] and Ford hopes Beating Ferrari at its own game, something it first did in 1966, besting Maranello's finest with a one-two-three victory.
The last Ford GT came out in 2005, and it was brilliant.
It was a modern interpretation on the GT40, and it was really bloody quick as well.
This new one, well it brings it not only bang up for days.
But also further into the future.
Hell it looks more like a Lamborghini than a Lamborghini.
Designed in secret long before it's Detroit 2015 debut by a team, led by Moray Callum.
Brother of Jaguar's Ian Callum.
It's utterly stunning.
It's made from carbon fiber.
And I suspect, magic.
We're told that there's nothing on here that doesn't need to be, either.
And it uses aluminum sub frames to keep it light but still mega strong.
Take a look at it's silhouette.
It is unmistakably linked to the GT 40.
Those headlights, the shape and positioning as well, aren't also half bad.
As are my favorite bit, the buttresses.
Speaking of its ancestry, here's why the new GT's return to [UNKNOWN] is so important.
In the 60s, Ford tried to buy Ferrari, but Ferrari at the last minute tore up the contract and knocked Ford something chronic.
So rather than simply go off and lick its wounds, Ford decided it was going to very publicly shame Enzo and his races.
It was going to beat them on the racetrack.
So began development of the GT40, and after a shaky start, the GT40 went on to win [UNKNOWN] four times on the [UNKNOWN] From 1966 to 1969.
Basically it was a very quick very large middle finger to Italy with love from America.
Now some people are making a lot of noise about the new GT's V6 engine, afterall the GT 40 and the last GT came with big noisy V8.
However, a lot of people either don't know about or have forgotten the GT70 rally car from the 70s.
That started its life with a V6.
Technically, a V6 is in the GT's blood.
This V6 though two massive turbos and promises power in excess of 600 horses.
This car handles great at each corner and one interview promised the best power to weight ratio.
Air is important in a car like this it's designed to go very very fast down the [UNKNOWN] straight and around all of the corners Every corner, everywhere.
And you see the wing on the back.
It's got active arrows to get the car in as good shape as possible.
And it can be an air brake, which is pretty cool.
Those buttresses act as wings to aid downforce and fire air towards the big wing at the back.
It rides on active suspension to keep the GP and it's driver in the best possible shape in any given situation.
[UNKNOWN] even a lifter on the front, if you hit a speed bump you won't tear the front of the car up.
There are some wonderful details on the GT, but my two favorites are the S-scopes on the buttresses, descend there to the engine, and the holes in the rear light.
They're there to let hot air out of the car.
How cool Who is that?
There are no confirmed figures for the new GT, but using educated guess work, a not to 62 time of around three seconds, probably lower.
And a top speed in excess of 200 miles an hour would be fair.
Now, Ford is promising to make 250 of these a year.
The price Well, that's around Lamborghini money, quarter of a million quid sounds about right.
If you want one, you're gonna have to wait until 2016.
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