Today we tell you everything you need to know about the upcoming release of the 2017 Ford GT Supercar! We’re all extremely excited that Ford is building this car but discouraged about the limited production numbers. Please read on…
First things first, let’s talk about the production numbers. This car is a handmade carbon fiber chassis. That means it’s very, very low in production and high in quality (and corresponding cost).
Production numbers are rumored at 250 cars per year, with Ford saying that half of that number will be allocated to the United States and the other half globally. That production number will max out at 1,000 cars ever produced. When you consider that there are 3,600 Ford dealerships in the U.S. alone and this is a worldwide car, there will be much demand and little supply. Wouldn’t it be nice if Ford decided to at least double that number?
With these limited production numbers comes a completely new way of purchasing the car. How does someone actually buy a 2017 Ford GT? First of all, rumored MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) is right around $400,000 and many in the supercar community consider that are a real bargain for what you’re getting; a 600+ HP 3.5L Ford EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 – the same Roush-Yates built engine that’s been running in the Daytona prototype car. That’s a whole lot of engine and power-to-weight ratio for the money.
Typically the purchasing process is that a dealership would buy a car from Ford, it would be shipped to the dealer’s location and the dealer would then sell the vehicle directly to you, the buyer. In this case, you’d be buying the 2017 Ford GT directly from Ford Motor Company and they would drop-ship it to your local dealership. As such, you’d have to actually apply to purchase the car from Ford.
What are some factors that help you in the application process to buy a 2017 Ford GT?
- Buying and owning a previous Ford GT. If you currently have a previous-model Ford GT registered to you, you’ll very likely be placed much higher on the list to purchase the 2017 model.
- Buying and owning previous Ford SVT (now Ford Performance) vehicles in the past
- Be a celebrity! Ford obviously wants their cars to be seen and driven by high-profile individuals like movie and television stars and music people.
Ford is claiming that the 2017 Ford GT boasts the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production car in the world! This is a true racing engine in a production vehicle, and as such is extremely impressive. What are some of the technology used to accomplish that? Try Corning Gorilla Glass in the windows, saving a total weight of seven pounds throughout the car and still offer incredible damage control and clarity. It’s an accumulation of small little details like this and amazing attention to detail that allows this car to be an architectural wonder.
Rumor has it the wheels will also be carbon fiber to go along with the entire chassis, similar to the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R.
The driver and passenger seats have been strapped directly to the carbon fiber tub of the vehicle so that the driving dynamics of the car don’t change based on how you position the seat. That’s right; the seats don’t move at all, instead the steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedals do so that the driving experience is consistent each time it’s driven!
The aerodynamics are the very foundation of the performance of the 2017 Ford GT Supercar. The entire body of the vehicle is wrapped around aerodynamics. A big part of the reason why Ford Performance designers chose that EcoBoost 3.5L is that it’s a very small, compact engine, thus allowing an incredible amount of freedom to integrate aerodynamic advantages into the car.
You’ll notice that the air intakes are just above the rear wheels. The air travels up the chamber between the intakes and the body of the car and then into the engine, thus introducing it with high-pressure cooled air.
One of our favorite design and performance features are the hollowed-out brake lights. What purpose do they serve? They actually serve as exhaust ports for the intercoolers!
If you follow Forza Motorsports video racing game for the XBox 1, you’ll notice that they’ve accidentally leaked some horsepower, torque and weight ratings numbers. Whether they’re true or not, we’ll find out but they’re actually rating this vehicle at 630 horsepower and 539 lb.-ft. of torque from a 3.5L EcoBoost. When you mate that to 2,890 pounds you have an astonishing power-to-weight ratio, allowing this 2017 Ford GT to run with the very best on the road today!
The next feature of the car you’re going to absolutely love is the active aerodynamics system that allows the car to use the rear spoiler as an air brake or to create downforce as the driver reaches top speeds. When you mate that to what Ford calls their active front suspension system, you have the ability to automatically raise and lower the front of the car depending on a specific set of driving conditions.
Next up are the carbon-ceramic brembo brake rotors and calipers found standard on the 2017 Ford GT. This brings with it fantastic performance but also the exorbitant cost of replacement.
Lastly, a feature new to the 2017 Ford GT is the rear-backup camera. Anyone who ever drove the 2005/2006 Ford GT knows that in order to back up you had to exit the vehicle to check your surroundings before moving the car back. Now you stay in the cockpit and automatically see what is behind the car.
Please be aware that a lot of the information in this article (and video at the end) is still just rumor as Ford hasn’t released official information on the car yet, but is accurate nonetheless and very likely to be confirmed as face very soon. The second that information is released it’ll be posted on this site so please bookmark us and visit soon and often!