Review: The Ford GT Supercar
Ten years ago, Ford released the original GT supercar, its concept car brought to life. The exotic car, impressive in both its appearance and performance, was released to popular claim, showing up both in popular culture and on the track. Now, with a decade of new design and performance innovations, the time has come for a new model of the GT. Introduced at the 2015 North American International Show, the second generation Ford GT wowed audiences and car journalists alike, and for good reason: it’s an amazing update to Ford’s showcase automobile.
Specs That Impress
Unlike more traditional, consumer-friendly cars that make some sacrifices for cost, the GT is a demonstration of what Ford can do when there’s no limit. And accordingly, some of the GT’s appeal comes from its mystique. Made with materials you won’t find in most cars, the second generation GT marks a large improvement over the original model. Rather than the previous GT’s superplastic frame, this updated version features a carbon fiber body and aerodynamic, aluminum structure, giving it a low weight to sail over the pavement. Further, the GT sports custom-made Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. But perhaps what’s most impressive is what’s under the hood: a 3.5 liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine that outputs more than 600 horsepower.
The Price of Luxury
With specs like that, the GT quite obviously isn’t meant for the average Joe who needs a car for his work commute. But besides the impracticality of owning such a car, there’s another factor that will keep many fans watching from the sidelines: the price. The original GT’s price–$140 thousand MSRP–was nothing to balk at, but the updated version kicks the price up a few notches. Make that several hundred thousand notches, actually. The standard GT has been priced at somewhere around $400 thousand, and with Ford only planning to produce a few hundred this year, it’s not difficult to imagine these cars being out of reach and in high demand for many gearheads of means. And even if you had the money, there’s still an in-depth application process you must pass before Ford will hand over the keys.
The Gold Standard
Of course, the GT wasn’t built to sit in museums or garages of the rich and famous. Besides being impressive in its design and build, there’s another thing the car is really good at: racing. Debuting at the 24 Hours of Daytona, the GT placed seventh and ninth in its class. More recently, and more impressively, the car took first of its class at Le Mans. Fittingly, the occasion marked the 50th anniversary of the memorable Ford GT40 win in 1966. You can surely expect to see more Ford drivers on the podiums of races to come.
The new Ford GT is still in its relative infancy, so it’s a little difficult to tell what will happen next for this impressive supercar. What is known, however, is that unless you’re visiting a car show or watching an endurance on television, you shouldn’t expect to see the GT on the streets any time soon. Still, one can dream, right?