Discover the all-new 2019 Ford GT Supercar
There are lots of cars around the world and over the years that have worn the name "GT," but it's hard to think of many that deserve the name quite as much as the latest Ford GT. The 2019 Ford GT is a genuine supercar that should probably be more correctly referred to these days as a hypercar, but whatever you want to categorize it as, this latest incarnation of the Ford Performance icon is simply awesome. Now let's take a closer look at this Supercar.
Despite what many may think, the original Ford GT was the GT 40 endurance racing car, and it was based not on an American car, but on the British Lola Mk6. The engines were American though, and they helped the GT 40 win the 24 Hours of Le Mans on four consecutive occasions between 1966 and 1969.
Fast-forward to 2004, and after a number of race cars had been gone, Ford finally had a production 2015 model year GT roll off the production line at its Wixom plant. Sales only continued until 2007, and total production numbered just 4,038 units.
It wasn't until the 2015 North American International Auto Show that Ford unveiled an all-new second-generation GT, with production planned to get underway the following year. This is the car we now have for the 2019 model year, and as ever, production numbers are very low, the price is high, and buying one is by invitation only.
The car itself
It might be hard to believe but powering this beast of a car is that of an evolved pickup truck engine. To be fair, the engine the GT's current powerplant is derived from is the one that powers the might F-150 Raptor. That means it's a 3.5-liter V-6 twin-turbo, but in the GT's case, this sensational engine develops an incredible 647 horsepower and 550 lb.-ft. of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Yes, there are production cars out there with more power costing considerably less than the GT, but not in a lightweight package that drives and handles like this.
Despite the fact the GT has a top speed of 217 mph, can cover the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds and get from a standing start to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, it's a vehicle that drives as though you could live with has as a daily driver. Well, at least as far as driving and handling are concerned. Getting in and out, parking it, and using it for shopping, are entirely different matters.
Raj Nair, Ford's executive vice president of Product Development and chief technical officer, says of the car: "When we began work on the all-new Ford GT in 2013, the team had three goals. The first was to use it as a training ground for our engineers as we develop future engine technology and stretch our understanding of aerodynamics. Then, to push the boundaries of advanced material usage, such as lightweight carbon fiber. Finally, we set out to win the Le Mans 24 Hours, referred to by many as the ultimate test of endurance and efficiency."
If you want to know how you can have a test drive and even become one of the select few owners of a Ford GT, get in touch with us today here at the area's premier Ford dealers, Southern California Ford Dealers.