It’s futuristic. It’s fast. It’s a Ford. After several months of rumors that Ford was ready to get back into the European racing scene in a serious way, this bombshell was dropped Monday at the Detroit Auto Show. The 2017 Ford GT stole the show.
It’s been 10 years since Ford developed a “supercar” to compete with the likes of Porsche and Ferrari. While that model was much celebrated, this one blows it out of the water.
Here are just some of the specs: a 600+ horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, full carbon-fiber body panels, active aerodynamics, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The result is jaw-dropping, and is already drawing praise from car enthusiasts and the media. Even better – it was unveiled on the same day Honda/Acura launched a new NSX supercar of its own. Needless to say it didn’t quite make the same splash.
The model Ford displayed at the auto show is technically a concept car, but production will begin sometime next year.
The new GT will also mark Ford’s return to Le Mans – 50 years after the original GT40 took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the iconic European endurance race in 1966. It was the first American car to win that race, and perhaps it’s time for Ford to win it again.