Ford of the Future : the GT Supercar to Tomorrow’s Technologies
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Ford GT created to win races and experiment new technological ideas to shape the future of Ford’s vehicle lineup.
A single group called Ford Performance was formed combining several of its performance teams – Ford SVT, Team RS, Ford Racing, performance vehicle parts and merchandise licensing.
GT has been an inspiration for many Ford models. As the 2005 Ford GT featured a lightweight aluminium alloy body that helped reduce weight to improve performance. This led to learning to use high-strength aluminium alloy in today’s Ford F-Series pickup trucks and the all-new Ford Expedition full-size SUV. The trick worked well and resulted in shedding hundreds of pounds of weight, while also improving capability, performance and fuel efficiency.
As Fast as it can Get
GT’s shape was modified to the best to make it as much aerodynamic as possible by optimising its shape.
The supercar attained stability and grip on the track while accelerating, cornering and braking by optimising downforce and reducing drag. GT’s aerodynamics change on demand to meet varying driving conditions, thanks to moveable elements around the body, including special ducts in the front, and a large deployable wing.
The engine has a great capability as it is the compact six-cylinder design of the car’s EcoBoost® engine kicking in more efficient dimensions than a larger V8 would have allowed. In addition, the low placement of the engine’s turbochargers and outboard placement of the turbo intercoolers ahead of the rear wheels help to taper the fuselage around the engine.
GT focuses on becoming fitter and hotter every time the team behind it is trying to let go of unnecessary elements that will make it bulky. Carbon fibre is a new element that helps the car attain both weight savings and sleek body shapes in ways not possible with steel or aluminium.
Ford is developing new ways to enable future faster, high-volume production of carbon fibre parts by working along with partners Multimatic and DowAksa.
High-Tech Made Easy
GT’s role as a technology test bed is evident throughout the supercar, with some innovations, such as carbon fibre lightweight, serving as longer-term possibilities, while others are hitting showrooms soon.
The push into customised driving modes help customers fit a vehicle’s performance to specific conditions is expanding rapidly. Ford GT’s track mode, also offered in Mustang and other performance models, helps enthusiasts maximise racing performance, while the all-new F-150 Raptor features Baja off-road mode.
Improvising the GT engine
The 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine in the GT is the company’s most powerful EcoBoost ever, with 647 horsepower. This innovative engine was developed with GT race engine and the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine used in the F-150 Raptor high-performance off-road pickup.
An all-new port and direct dual fuel-injection setup to enhance engine response are another addition that increases engine performance. For nearly instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control the engine is paired with a responsive Seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle.
Truly innovative technology that made the car even faster includes GT’s hydraulic suspension, which changes ride height with a turn of the knob, which adjusts drive modes. The suspension lowers the supercar from normal mode into track mode that is astoundingly a 50 millimetre or nearly two-inch difference the driver can see and feel. When the GT changes modes from high to low ride height, changes in spring rates, matching damper settings, and active aerodynamics, come together to create two unique cars in one.
With each new GT model that gets available in markets, other Ford customers can expect hints of the supercar in their future Ford models as well.