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The very first production Ford GT has been built
Ford's circa 600bhp, 200mph-plus Ferrari rival officially starts production
Ladies and gentlemen, please give a very warm welcome to the very first Ford GT supercar fit for consumption. Ford has today confirmed the first car has rolled off the production line, signalling the start of a very interesting adventure…
Ford executive VP Raj Nair was the man who drove the finished car into its new life, inside the company’s new, low-volume assembly facility at Multimatic in Markham, Ontario. It also means he’s kept good on his ambitions for 2016: win at Le Mans, and start building the road-going supercar before the year is out. And just in the nick of time, too.
“For everyone involved in designing and developing this car,” Nair says, “including all of our employees and suppliers, this is a moment to celebrate.”
What do we know about the all-new Ford GT, then? There’s a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 engine driving the rear wheels with ‘more than’ 600bhp. Smaller than the old GT’s V8, but with motorsport development behind it, Ford is claiming great efficiency.
Performance is the key factor here though, and while nothing has yet been confirmed, a 0-60mph time close to 3.0secs and a top speed north of 200mph ought to be very feasible targets.
There’s plenty of carbonfibre, a carbon passenger cell, and carbon chassis components too. It will, Ford promises, boast “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car”. Boom.
Also, you will spot that it looks most excellent. There’s plenty of active aero about the place too: a rear wing whose height and angle react to speed and conditions. Other good things include racing-inspired pushrod suspension, adjustable ride height and upward-swinging doors.
There’s no manual gearbox here, but instead a seven-speed paddleshifter, while inside there’s a fully customisable instrument display and a fixed seat (you move the pedals and wheel instead). How very LaFerrari.
Looks rather superb in grey too, no?