When Ford combined its performance divisions under one roof, it was not only looking for efficiency, but a way to focus its efforts transferring racing technology to production vehicles. A vehicle that definitely benefitted from that move was the 2017 Ford GT. However, not only does this car benefit from the race track, but many of the technologies developed with this car may eventually reach the cars the rest of us can afford.
When we began work on the all-new Ford GT in 2013, the team had three goals. — Raj Nair, Ford
Without this kind of integrated teamwork and combined organization, it would have been impossible to deliver the all-new Ford GT in its current form. — Dave Pericak, Ford Performance
“Without this kind of integrated teamwork and combined organization, it would have been impossible to deliver the all-new Ford GT in its current form,” Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance, said. “This kind of collaboration was critical to not only bringing Ford GT back to life but for experimenting with the kind of innovations needed to create the ultimate supercar.”
What helped make Ford GT’s body even more slippery was the use of the more compact EcoBoost six-cylinder engine, which allowed slimmer shapes around the engine, which shares 60 percent of its parts with the 450-horsepower version used in the F-150 Raptor.
“We pushed the engine’s limits beyond what we might consider in traditional development programs, which is important as we continue to advance EcoBoost technology as a centerpiece of the company’s global lineup,” Bob Fascetti, Ford vice president, powertrain engineering, explained.
They did so by employing anti-lag turbo tech used in road racing, which keeps the throttle open even when the gas pedal isn’t being uses. The dual-fuel system is turned off but boost remains ramped and ready when the driver commands acceleration.
The technology doesn’t stop with the engine, however. The production GT features a hydraulic suspension that adjusts the ride height for the driving conditions indicated by the drive modes. The lowering range spans from 50 mm all the way to 2 inches lower in track mode.
In all that on board tech and design is cool, but most of us will never experience the ultra-rare Ford GT, so it will be great to see some of this tech democratized to the cars we can attain. The digital dashboard has already trickled down to the 2018 Mustang GT, so we can’t wait to see what else comes down the pike.