Article by Rick Jensen (Turboguy). Photos from Ford.
In 2016, Ford will build upon its modern Ford GT supercar and its 1960s racing heritage: Ford is revealing a GT successor in Detroit next month, and also plans to build and campaign a two-car Tudor Series racing team.
Little is known about the upcoming street version—to be revealed at the North American International Auto Show—except that it will be a new halo car for the Special Vehicles Team (SVT) and the Ford Performance division. Common sense dictates that it’ll be mid-engined, have at least 600 horses and generally be the next incarnation of the Le Mans-winning GT40s. It should also outperform its GT predecessor, but that’ll be easier said than done.
The 2005-2006 Ford GT was a real American supercar: a mid-engined, 550-horse rocket that shot to 60 in 3.3 seconds and topped out over 200. This thing was balls-out insane. I remember slicing through Jersey’s Route 80 in a Gulf-liveried GT, the speedo deep into triple-digit speeds and the screaming supercharger snout just inches from my throbbing head. Both of them.
A few of these new supercars will be heavily modified for race duty with full factory backing. It’s said that Chip Ganassi Racing will campaign the racecars, to be built by Multimatic Motorsports in Canada. They’re slated to run a full season of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
It’s super cool that Ford is making these moves—but it’s not by accident; 2016 is the 50-year anniversary of Ferrari’s ass-whipping at the hands of Carroll Shelby’s GT40s at Le Mans. That 1966 victory gave Ford instant street cred as a performance and racing company, and set the stage for the first modern GT40s, the Ford GT, 40 years later.
With today’s stiff, 900-plus-horse supercar competition like the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari, how much power and performance does the new "GT” need to be competitive? Throw your thoughts our way in the comments.