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The 2017 Ford GT is a high-tech tour-de-force, and Ford does it all with a gasoline engine, lightweight materials and advanced aerodynamics.
Ford Design Director Chris Svensson gestures to those most lustworthy flying butresses.
This is what it looks like when you shrink-wrap carbon-fiber around a small-block engine. To some degree, the Ford GT looks halfway between a prototype sports car and a formula racer.
Air enters the channel beneath the flying buttress to eventually hit the Ford GT’s active wing. It also feeds the intercooler built into the wheel haunches.
Here’s the aero channel as seen through the back of the Ford GT. Note that you can clearly see daylight on the other side.
From this angle, the new Ford GT looks much more like the old Ford GT, and even the GT40 from the mid 1960s.
The entire body, chassis, and passenger cell are made of carbon-fiber, but it only remains unpainted on certain bits like the rocker panels.
Here’s the Ford GT’s carbon fiber wheel—before it’s painted black.
An extremely aggressive rear end. Surely, Ford expects this is the view that other drivers will be seeing on track days.
16 November 2023