If you are into fast cars, the 2016 Ford GT supercar is likely the biggest news to come out of the 2015 North American International Auto Show today in Detroit’s Cobo Hall. We all figured that it was coming, but the Motor Company had done a masterful job of keeping the new supercar completely under wraps so seeing this mid-engine beast roll into Joe Louis Arena today brought about a great many surprises. Sure, the new GT is pretty much what we expected in terms of its basic design, but the fact that Ford chose their twin turbo EcoBoost V6 to power a car that will have to compete with the supercharged V8 Corvette Z06 and the V10 Dodge Viper.
I happened to be in the right place at the right time today as workers hurried to get the new Ford GT supercar onto its platform, so I got to hear the beast in person and I’m here to tell you – it sounded incredible. Best of all, I had my camera on hand to capture the growl of the new GT and while we only get idle and low RPM engine sounds, this clip should be more than enough to peak your interest.
The 2016 Ford GT
As expected, the 2016 Ford GT supercar is a mid-engine, rear wheel drive, two seat vehicle, just like the 2005-2006 Ford GT and the 1960s Ford GT40 race cars. What is unique to the new 2016 GT supercar is the twin turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which is loosely based on the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that powers the Ford F150 pickup and various other Motor Company vehicles. This engine is actually more alike the EcoBoost engine that was used in the 2014 Ford Daytona Prototype endurance race car with the exception of the obvious features needed for street use.
Ford hasn’t announced exact engine specs for the 2016 Ford GT, but they have promised at least 600 horsepower and that power will reach the rear wheels by means of a lightning quick dual clutch transmission.
The Ford GT is built around a carbon fiber monocoque with front and rear aluminum subframes covered with carbon fiber body panels. Ford hasn’t announced the weight, but I imagine that the number is fairly low. Considering that the GT will have to compete with some of the best supercars in the world, I imagine that this car will have an incredible power to weight ratio, a near perfect weight distribution and enough power to go toe to toe with just about any car in the world.
The Ford GT will arrive for 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40 race cars finishing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of LeMans.
Listen to the GT EcoBoost Growl
When Ford pulled the new GT up onto its raised pedestal at the center of their huge auto show display, they had to drive it up the ramps, and that gave me a chance to hear the new twin turbo V6 in action – although it was very light action. My video starts right as the new EcoBoost engine roars to life and my goodness…listen to that idle. It is every bit as raspy and as choppy as you would expect from an ultra-high performance V6 that was derived from a racing engine.
While I’m shocked that Ford opted to go with a twin turbo V6 in their new supercar, I’m absolutely in love with the sound of the new GT supercar. Crank up your speakers and enjoy!