Unusually, you’ll find the two turbos and intercoolers tucked neatly into the pods over the rear wheels for optimum weight distribution… and because there simply isn’t space to package them any closer to the block. From there the cool, compressed air is sent up through ducts in the hollow flying buttresses and down into the engine.
The turbos currently fitted to the engine are far larger than they need to be to stay within the FIA’s balance of power rules. Raj Nair says they will be downsized before the car is homologated and goes on sale. Smaller turbos mean even greater responsiveness so, along with Ford’s patented anti-lag system (which stops the turbo speed from dropping below a certain rpm even when the engine is running off-boost), the GT should be even more alive than it is now.
We’ve tried this anti-lag system on the new F-150 Raptor, which shares the same basic high-power engine configuration as the GT. In Baja mode, the engine refuses to bog even when confronted with torque-draining sumps of sand. So it bodes well for the GT’s ability to fire itself out of corners even faster.
Feature: Full throttle in the Ford GT