When Ford Motor Company unveiled the all-new Ford GT (2016), the automotive world was surprised, even shocked, that no information had leaked out. Now it’s lifting the curtain in a five-part video series called “The Return.” Ford’s passion is for making the most innovative, cutting-edge vehicles on the road. That’s what inspired them to design and build the newest Ford GT.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT’s first win at the Le Mans 24 Hours by returning to the iconic race was a daring move for a company ready to showcase its newest advances in Ford EcoBoost, aerodynamics and lightweighting in one vehicle.
“The Ford GT is a showcase that will help drive even more advanced technologies into our vehicle lineup,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “We are using it not only to see what is possible, but also to help write the next chapter in our racing history and our future production.”
When Ford designed the all-new Ford GT, it sought to strike the perfect balance between everyday driver comfort and enjoyment – and what would be demanded of a supercar competing on the global sports car racing stage. What was coveted on the street would also need to be competitive on the track.
“This project is one that’s very close to the heart of who we are at Ford and Ford Performance,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president, Ford Global Product Development, and chief technical officer. “It represents the very best of what we do; that same spirit that drove the innovation behind the first Ford GT still drives us today. We’re not after short-term success – our eyes are on the long-term gain having a halo product that is this exciting can do for us, both in offering a new chapter in the Ford GT legend for fans and behind the scenes in engineering.”
“The Return” features Ford, Nair and Dave Pericak, director, Global Ford Performance, and shows both the development of the Ford GT and its adventures on the race track racing around the world in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (North America) and FIA World Endurance Championship (global).
“We’re proud of how far we’ve come, but we have a long way to go,” Pericak said. “Every time we race the Ford GT, we learn something. Our ultimate goal is the return to Le Mans.”
The all-new race-winning Ford GT supercar serves as a test bed for new technologies and advanced lightweight materials that will benefit future Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electric vehicles.
While the patent-pending rear wing improves track performance by changing shape like an airplane wing, increasing downforce on the car, with minimal impact on drag, to help aid acceleration, cornering and braking. It helps the GT’s aerodynamics produce positive downforce in all conditions, giving GT stability and grip on and off the track.
In creating the all-new high-performance Ford GT, the pioneers behind the supercar designed it not only to win races but also to serve as a test bed for new technologies and ideas for future vehicles across Ford’s vehicle lineup.
“When we began work on the all-new Ford GT in 2013, the team had three goals,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president of Product Development and chief technical officer. “The first was to use it as a training ground for our engineers as we develop future engine technology and stretch our understanding of aerodynamics. Then, to push the boundaries of advanced material usage, such as lightweight carbon fiber. Finally, we set out to win the Le Mans 24 Hours, referred to by many as the ultimate test of endurance and efficiency.”
At the same time the team was developing the GT, Ford combined several of its performance teams – Ford SVT, Team RS, Ford Racing, performance vehicle parts and merchandise licensing – into a single group called 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,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “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.”
GT has proven power to inspire. The 2005 Ford GT, for instance, featured a lightweight aluminum alloy body that helped reduce weight to improve performance.
Lessons learned from its production led to the innovative use of high-strength aluminum alloy in today’s Ford F-Series pickup trucks and the all-new Ford Expedition full-size SUV – shedding hundreds of pounds of weight, while also improving capability, performance and fuel efficiency.
Putting the dynamic in aerodynamics
While the GT looks fast standing still, the team optimized every shape to make it as aerodynamic as possible. A key goal was to reduce drag and optimize downforce – which helps give the supercar stability and grip on the track while accelerating, cornering and braking.
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 flaps open and close depending on whether GT’s wing is up or down, so the car remains aerodynamically balanced from front to back at all speeds. When the wing is up, the ducts close to increase downforce; when the wing is down, the ducts open to decrease downforce.
The supercar’s wing includes all-new Ford technology – a patent-pending design that changes the shape of the airfoil for maximum efficiency when fully deployed. The unique design also includes a small gurney flap which, when combined with the shape change, results in a 14 percent improvement in overall efficiency.
Even the engine helps GT’s aerodynamics. The compact six-cylinder design of the car’s EcoBoost® engine allowed the team to taper its fuselage to 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.
The GT’s aerodynamics produce positive downforce in all conditions. At high ride height, the downforce has a balance of 30 percent front. In low ride height, the downforce balance is maintained at 29 percent front.
Carbon fiber is an important new element that helps GT deliver both weight savings and sleek body shapes in ways not possible with steel or aluminum. Working with partners, including Multimatic and DowAksa, Ford is developing new ways to enable future faster, high-volume production of carbon fiber parts.
For example, GT’s iconic flying buttresses that extend from the roof to the rear fenders wouldn’t be possible in steel or aluminum because of the limitations of conventional metal stamping. Yet, carbon fiber can be shaped into complex geometric designs because it’s cut to a specific shape as a cloth and strengthened by curing at a high temperature.
Fueling the GT engine – and beyond
Ford GT’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is the company’s most powerful EcoBoost ever, delivering 647 horsepower. It was developed alongside the GT race engine and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine used in the F-150 Raptor high-performance off-road pickup, which shares almost 60 percent of its parts with GT’s engine.
For instance, during racing, the test engine’s crankshafts in the Daytona Prototype were cracking under grueling conditions. With little time to get ready for the Sebring endurance race that year, the team made a key decision to substitute the Daytona prototype’s race crankshaft with a pre-production F-150 Raptor crankshaft. The Daytona prototype won its first race at Sebring that year.
“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,” said Bob Fascetti, Ford vice president, powertrain engineering.
The team also created innovative anti-lag turbo technology that can help maximize the GT’s ability to power out of corners. This technology works by keeping the throttle open when the driver is not stepping on the gas pedal. The fuel injectors are off but turbo speed and boost are maintained for faster engine response and acceleration as soon as they hit the gas.
Further improving engine performance, GT features an all-new port and direct dual fuel-injection setup to enhance engine response. The engine is paired with a responsive seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for nearly instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control.
“All of the weight savings and engine advancements served a singular purpose – creating the fastest, most-efficient Ford GT ever,” Pericak said. “Once that was achieved, we reinvested some of those weight savings in truly innovative technology that made the car even faster and more fun to drive.”
That 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 – a 50 millimeter or nearly 2-inch difference the driver can see and feel. Track mode raises the wing and closes the front splitter ducts for optimal downforce for spirited, closed-course driving.
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.
Another feature of the hydraulic suspension – front-lift mode – helps GT clear speedbumps and driveways. The driver can raise the front of the car on demand at speeds below 25 mph. The system automatically returns to normal lower ride height when it reaches 25 mph.
Tech for all
GT’s role as a technology test bed is evident throughout the supercar, with some innovations, such as carbon fiber lightweighting, serving as longer-term possibilities, while others are hitting showrooms soon. For example, all-digital dashboard technology, similar to that in the supercar’s, is available in the 2018 Mustang, and is coming to additional new Ford vehicles.
Additionally, the company’s push into customized driving modes that 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 maximize racing performance, while the all-new F-150 Raptor features Baja off-road mode. As new Ford GTs continue to roll into owner driveways, other Ford customers can expect to find a little bit of the supercar in their future vehicles as well.
Ford GT Delivers Ultimate Race Car for the Road Supported by 50 Sensors, 25 Computers… and 2 Cup Holders
• All-new Ford GT delivers race car experience on the road supported by more than 50 sensors generating 100 GB of data – equivalent to about 25,000 song downloads – per hour
• More than 25 Ford GT computing systems with more software code than a fighter jet process 300 MB of data – comparable to downloading an hour-long TV show – per second
• Ford GT also delivers comfort and convenience using features familiar to all Ford drivers, from cup holders to SYNC 3 connectivity and Ford Easy Fuel
The all-new Ford GT delivers the thrill of the Le Mans-winning race car for drivers on the road, using more than 50 different sensors to monitor vehicle performance and behaviour, external environment, and driver inputs for an optimised driving experience – alongside road car comfort and convenience.
The ultra-high-performance Ford GT’s sensors provide real-time information on factors from the positions of pedals, steering wheel and deployable rear wing, to air humidity and sunshine levels.
Data is generated at a rate of 100 GB – equivalent to about 25,000 song downloads – per hour, and is processed by more than 25 onboard computing systems comprising 10 million lines of software code – more than a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.
Between them, the systems can analyse 300 MB of data – comparable to downloading an hour-long TV show – every second.
“The Ford GT’s sophisticated computing systems work hand-in-hand with the vehicle’s core race car architecture to enhance performance, and also deliver greater versatility and flexibility,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “By constantly monitoring inputs, vehicle loads and environment, and adjusting the car’s profile and responses to suit, the Ford GT remains as responsive and stable at 300 km/h as it is at 30 km/h.”
Many of Ford GT’s sensor and computing systems enable the performance of the supercar’s engine, electronic stability control, F1-derived active suspension damping, and active aerodynamics to be continuously adjusted within the parameters of the selectable Drive Modes, for optimal performance in any driving scenario. Others help deliver comfort and convenience whether on road or track, including Ford’s SYNC 3 communications technology and automatic climate control.
Further innovative solutions to deliver a race car experience and 347 km/h (216 mph) top speed for Ford GT drivers include the fixed seating position. The driver’s seat base is secured in the location that enabled Ford Performance engineers to develop a carbon fibre body with the lowest possible frontal area for optimised aerodynamic performance. Rather than moving the seat fore and aft, drivers instead adjust the pedal assembly position and the multi-control steering wheel to suit the seat location.
Yet despite the focus on delivering a race car experience for just 1000 customers across four years of confirmed production, the Ford GT also offers creature comforts familiar from Ford family cars.
Retractable cup holders are among the convenience features that distinguish the Ford GT road car from the race car. Made from aluminium for reduced weight, the cup holders are concealed within the centre console. A hidden storage bin is located under the driver’s seat, with further storage pockets behind the seats.
The Ford GT even features the Ford Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system that is standard on models across the Ford range. The system is designed for ease of refuelling and to prevent misfuelling of the 647 horsepower 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine.
“We developed the Ford GT road car and race car side-by-side, and that led to some creative engineering, such as the road car’s fully integrated roll cage that also meets FIA racing safety requirements using only a small number of add-on components,” Pericak said. “From the turbochargers to the cup holders, every component of the Ford GT has been developed with the driving experience at its core.”
Ford GT Colour, Material Choices Are Intentional, Purposeful; Customisation Options Allow Owner’s Personality to Shine
• Colours and materials have been strategically chosen and placed in Ford GT to further define the high-performance character of the all-new supercar
• Use of colour highlights the innovative details found throughout Ford GT; Brembo brake callipers are available in five colours for the first time at Ford, while different coating options for carbon fibre components offer customers decidedly distinctive looks
• Exterior palette offers bright, vivid colours that transcend time and pay homage to Ford’s racing heritage, including luscious Liquid Blue, which debuted to much acclaim at the 2015 North American International Auto Show
The innovation and technology showcased in the design of the Ford GT is mirrored in the colour and material choices for the all-new supercar. Ford designers used colour strategically throughout to highlight areas of innovation and to enhance the aesthetic of efficiency and performance. “We walked a fine line with the colour and materials in this vehicle – infusing energy through use of colour and balance while working to ensure the raw appeal of a performance car still shines through,” says Barb Whalen, Ford design manager, colour and materials. “Everything in the all-new Ford GT was intentionally designed to express ultimate performance.”
The application of carbon fibre – traditionally used as a decorative element in performance vehicles – is employed as a structural component in the Ford GT, and serves as a visual anchor of the supercar’s lightweight construction. In the cabin, carbon fibre is visible across the instrument panel, while different top coating options for the exterior allow customers to choose from gloss, matte or Shadow Black paint to cover the exposed carbon fibre trim. The options provide for a more personalised look and feel to the car – whether the customer is looking to express a pure appreciation for racing, a solid performance aesthetic or a more aggressive attitude in general.
For the first time at Ford, colour combinations include customisable Brembo brake callipers. In addition to the standard six-piston, monobloc anodised black callipers with carbon ceramic rotors, upgrades include Silver, Blue, Orange and Red.
Ford GT’s carbon ceramic discs are exceptionally lightweight – more than 50 per cent lighter than similar cast-iron ones. The brake system – which derives its technology from the application of carbon in Formula One brake discs – is designed for low fluid displacement, which improves pedal feel and stiffness. The integrated cooling system has been optimised by Ford and Brembo to perform brilliantly under various conditions.
“The all-new Ford GT represents the pinnacle American supercar,” says Dan Sandberg, president and CEO, Brembo North America. “Likewise, the exceedingly high standards and innovative technology incorporated into our high-performance Brembo brake system will only add to the overall driving enjoyment.”
Throughout the interior, colour is used sparingly, subtly making its way onto the car’s seat backs – a feature visible from the outside. On the passenger side, a matching hue on the two-tier instrument panel creates a visual balance in the tight cabin upon opening the door.
The cabin’s satin finishes and colours intensify as they move toward the passenger side of the car – helping to minimise distraction for the driver.
Form follows function in the all-new supercar, with no detail overlooked by the designers. The horizontal ribbing on the seats, for example, adds visual width to a narrow space, while the Alcantara® fabric covering was chosen both for its upscale feel and lighter weight.
Suggested colour combinations and themes are available to coordinate interior and exterior hues, brake callipers and racing stripes. The exterior palette offers eight bright colours – a nod to Ford’s racing heritage. One of these is luscious Liquid Blue, a colour that debuted to much buzz at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.
“These colours aren’t trendy, because Ford GT isn’t a trendy car,” says Whalen. “It is a classic – a veritable race car for the road.”
Ford GT Carbon-Fiber Wheels Showcase the Dynamic, Weight, NVH and Efficiency Advantages of Innovative Material
• All-new Ford GT will debut availability of next-gen carbon-fiber wheels, offering new clear-coated, bare-carbon finish and extensive benefits of lightweighting
• Latest iteration of carbon-fiber wheels on Ford GT feature new advanced fiber and resin compounds that allow more intricately styled wheel options
• Ford GT is the second Ford vehicle to take advantage of carbon-fiber wheels; first standard OEM application debuted on 2015 Ford Shelby® GT350R Mustang
The carbon-fiber-bodied Ford GT will also offer an all-new carbon-fiber wheel, further improving the drive and handling characteristics of Ford’s all-new supercar.
Ford GT is the second Ford Performance vehicle to offer carbon fiber wheels – following the world’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheel application that debuted as standard equipment on the 2015 Shelby® GT350R Mustang.
“Ford was the innovator as the first to offer a mass-produced carbon fiber wheels as a standard offering on Shelby GT350R Mustang,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “Now, Ford GT will offer the next generation in carbon fiber wheels, with an advanced resin and fiber technology that gives our designers more freedom, while also showcasing the structure of the material’s weave.”
Unlike the Shelby GT350R’s black-painted carbon fiber wheels, Ford GT wheels will be offered in two finishes – either a matte or a glossy clearcoat, permitting the stunning nature of the carbon fiber weave to show through. The finishes perfectly match the two exposed carbon finishes available on the sills, fascia and extractor of the all-new supercar.
Working with supplier partner Carbon Revolution, the new wheels are constructed with the latest generation of fiber and resin technology that permits greater design flexibility – resulting in flowing, more intricate spokes.
Light Is Right
Carbon fiber wheels bring a wealth of advantages over traditional aluminum wheels, including weight savings, improved vehicle dynamics and ride quality – making the innovative material the perfect complement for the all-new Ford GT.
Beyond simply reducing overall vehicle weight for improved acceleration, braking and dynamic performance, carbon fiber’s incredibly strong, light nature means a reduction in unsprung weight and rotational inertia, which benefits suspension action, ride quality and dynamic performance.
The Ford GT comes equipped with five Drive Modes that enable the driver to quickly tune performance to almost any condition – from street to track to inclement weather. They enable drivers to optimise the 647 horsepower, carbon fibre supercar’s performance characteristics to match conditions on road or racetrack. Modes include Normal for everyday touring, Wet for driving in the elements, Sport for driving enthusiasts, Track for racing and V-Max for maximum straight-line speed. Drive Modes adjust Ford GT’s aerodynamic, engine, stability control and gearshift characteristics, as well as ride height and more.
Ford Performance listened to feedback from supercar owners to develop a Ford GT that is as easy to use day-to-day as it is exhilarating on the racetrack. “We focused on simplifying the experience,” says Derek Bier, Ford GT manager. “Optimising this car for just about any situation was critical, because ensuring owners always enjoy driving it was a top priority.”
Each Drive Mode is specially tuned for a unique driving environment. Leveraging learnings from the Ford GT racing program, Ford Performance gave each mode a unique instrument cluster display, with elements prioritised according to the mode to enhance the overall driving experience. “Switching the setting changes electronic, mechanical and aerodynamic elements,” said Nick Terzes, Ford GT engineering supervisor.
Simply by turning a dial on the F1-inspired steering wheel, the all-new supercar can switch nearly instantaneously from canyon-carving road car to fully functioning race car tuned for maximum speed and downforce. Ford GT also features an advanced, yet easy-to-use launch control system that provides optimal traction for the perfect launch every time. Designed for track use, it’s available in all modes except Wet.
The system is activated in the instrument display screen using the steering wheel controls. When activated, a white “LC” icon appears in the cluster. At this point the driver holds down the brake with their left foot and fully depresses the accelerator with their right foot. When ready, the “LC” icon turns green and the driver lifts their left foot to launch the Ford GT and quickly gather speed.
When Normal mode is selected, the Ford GT’s ground clearance is set to 120 millimetres to comfortably contend with speed humps, potholes or driveway inclines. Throttle and transmission calibrations are configured for standard driving, and traction and stability control systems cannot be adjusted.
The rear wing deploys automatically for aero assistance at 145 km/h (90 mph), returning to its stowed position at 130 km/h (81 mph). The wing still deploys as an airbrake if sensors detect aggressive braking.
In Normal and Wet modes, Comfort suspension is available. Pressing the Comfort button allows the driver to soften the car’s ride on bumpy roads by adjusting compression and rebound in the dampers – without compromising control.
Wet mode activates the default configurations of Normal mode, but adjusts throttle sensitivity to help drivers manage the reduced grip offered by rain-affected surfaces for greater stability.
Activating the Ford GT’s Sport mode adjusts throttle settings to sharpen responses from the car’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine and anti-lag system. Developed on the Le Mans-winning Ford GT race car, the anti-lag system keeps the turbochargers spinning to provide boost on demand.
Stability and traction control settings become driver-adjustable using the AdvanceTrac® system, allowing three additional settings. Widened slip, yaw and oversteer parameters enable drivers to further explore the Ford GT’s handling and driving dynamics.
Ground clearance remains 120 millimetres, and the comfort option is deactivated.
“Driver-demand calibrations get more aggressive – where slight changes in throttle result in faster acceleration,” Terzes said. “Gear changes are more rapid, while clutches disengage and engage very quickly for maximum acceleration. Drivers can use Sport mode at the track and expect the car to perform very well with this setup.”
While Sport mode can be used effectively for many racetracks – especially those that require a higher ride height – Track mode is optimised strictly for race conditions.
With the transmission in park on pit road, a turn of the dial activates hydraulics that drop the ride height by 50 millimetres. Spring rates increase and damping is adjusted to the firmest setting. The rear wing – complete with Gurney flap – deploys, and the aerodynamic openings in the front close for maximum downforce. All of this happens in less than two seconds.
“This mode is for track use only,” Terzes said. “Even coming from Sport, control is significantly different – dramatically so. In this mode, every aspect of the car is optimised for track use.”
In V-Max mode – engineering-speak for “maximum velocity” – every setting is tuned to make the Ford GT go as fast as possible.
Ride height is the same as in Track mode, but all aero elements are stowed to minimise drag. Stability controls remain active to help ensure the car moves forward in a straight line. V-Max mode can only be activated when the Ford GT is stationary and in park.
“Ultimately, V-Max mode is designed with a single objective; for the GT to achieve its fastest possible straight-line speed. It works,” Terzes said.
Ford GT Heritage `Edition
- New 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition celebrates 50th anniversary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-winning GT40 with limited-edition Gulf Oil tribute racing livery – auto racing’s most famous paint scheme
- Unique Heritage Blue and Heritage Orange paint scheme led to other similarly painted cars across many race series globally over the past half-century
- Interior of new 2019 Ford GT features exclusive colors, materials and appointments, including a seat pattern reminiscent of the 1968 GT40 Le Mans winner’s
Ford GT Heritage Edition will have a unique two-year run, with optional exposed carbon fiber accents featuring No. 9 graphics for 2019 and No. 6 graphics for 2020. The new 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition honors the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 by featuring the most famous paint scheme in motorsports – plus a set of additional exclusive touches.
“Many view the Gulf Oil paint scheme as the most famous in motorsports,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, global operations. “The 1968 GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of its win, we’re paying fresh tribute to the original with a new heritage limited edition.”
Known among racing enthusiasts as chassis No. 1075, the 1968 GT was one of just a few individual cars to achieve repeat victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
For the first time, an optional package provides exposed carbon fiber accents for both the interior and exterior of the Ford GT Heritage Edition. For 2019, the package features the No. 9 graphics on the hood and doors, as well as a ghosted image on the interior door panels. For 2020, No. 6 honors the same car that went on to win Le Mans in 1969 with a different number.
The Heritage Edition features exposed carbon fiber A-pillars and sports unique 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss dark stainless with black lug nuts. Orange calipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look.
Ebony Alcantara wraps the seats, instrument panel, pillars, headliner and steering wheel. Contrasting blue and orange stitching accentuates the seats and steering wheel, with a new seat embossment inspired by the original 1968 Le Mans-winning car as well as clear and polished anodized paddle shifters.
High-gloss dark stainless appliqués accent the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace to round out the interior.
Much like previous heritage models, the Ford GT Heritage Edition features a unique serialized identification plate, plus exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods and center console.
“We are delighted to partner with Ford to help the Gulf-themed Heritage Edition Ford GT become reality. The Ford Marque has played a major role in creating Gulf’s place in motoring and motorsporting legend and the same is true in reverse,” enthused MD of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd, Ravi Chawla. “Every Gulf outright victory at Le Mans has been Ford-powered and of course Gulf Ford GT40s took the latter two wins of Ford’s four consecutive victories at Le Mans from 1966-1969. What could be more fitting than both brands coming together to produce this fantastic motor car – the modern spiritual successor to the amazing Gulf-Ford GT40s that took Le Mans and World Championship honours.”
CONSTRUCTION: Carbon fibre monocoque with integrated steel roll cage and aluminium substructure
BODY STYLE: Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive with active aerodynamics and suspension
FINAL ASSEMBLY LOCATION: Markham, Ontario, Canada
FRONT: Unequal length upper and lower control arms, pushrod/rocker activated torsion bar/coil spring and electronically-adjustable DSSV® dampers; two-position ride height/spring rate system with additional front lift mode
REAR: Unequal length upper and lower control arms, pushrod/rocker activated torsion bar/coil spring and electronically-adjustable DSSV® dampers; two-position ride height/spring rate system
TYPE: 3.5L Twin Turbocharged EcoBoost V6
CONFIGURATION: Aluminium block and heads
INTAKE MANIFOLD: Cast aluminium
EXHAUST MANIFOLDS: Cast stainless steel
VALVETRAIN: Double overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft timing, low-friction roller-finger follower rocker arms
VALVE DIAMETER/LIFT: Intake: 37.4 mm / 9.96 mm, Exhaust: 31.6 mm / 11.0 mm
PISTONS: Cast aluminium
CONNECTING RODS: Fully-machined forged steel
BORE X STROKE: 92.51 mm x 86.7 mm
DISPLACEMENT: 3,497 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO: 9.0:1
ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM: Ford PCM
HORSEPOWER (SAE): 647 hp @ 6250 RPM *
TORQUE (SAE): 550 lb-ft @ 5900 RPM *
RECOMMENDED FUEL: 98 RON
FUEL CAPACITY: 57.5 litres
FUEL DELIVERY: Sequential electronic direct and port fuel injection
OIL CAPACITY: 14.5 litres
LUBRICATION: 4-stage external dry sump oil pump
LAYOUT: Rear-wheel drive with limited-slip differential
TRANSMISSION: Getrag 7DCL750: Seven-Speed, Dual-Clutch Transaxle
TYPE: Hydraulic power-assisted rackand-pinion
TURNING CIRCLE: Kerb-to-kerb 12.2 metres
GEAR RATIOS: 1st: 3.397 / 2nd: 2.186 / 3rd: 1.626 / 4th: 1.285 / 5th: 1.029 / 6th: 0.839 / 7th: 0.634 / Final drive: 3.667
DRY WEIGHT: 1,385 kg
TYPE: Four-wheel power carbon ceramic matrix disc brakes with four sensor, four-channel antilock braking system and AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control
FRONT: 394 mm x 36 mm, floating type vented and cross-drilled discs, Brembo six-piston fixed aluminium calipers
REAR: 360 mm x 32 mm vented discs and cross-drilled discs, Brembo four-piston fixed aluminium calipers, electronically actuated Brembo spot caliper parking brake
PASSENGER VOLUME: 1,226 litres
CARGO VOLUME: 11.3 litres
FRONT: 20 inch x 8.5 inch forged alloy or optional carbon fibre
REAR: 20 inch x 11.5 inch forged alloy or optional carbon fibre
FRONT: 245/35 R20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres
REAR: 325/30 R20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres
TOP SPEED: 347 km/h (216 mph)
ACCELERATION: 0-97 km/h (0-60 mph): sub-3 seconds
BRAKING DISTANCE: 97-0 km/h (60-0 mph): 27.7 metres (91 ft)
WHEELBASE: 2,710 mm
OVERALL LENGTH: 4,779 mm
OVERALL WIDTH: 2,003 mm (body),
2,238 mm (mirrors extended)
2,114 mm (mirrors folded)
OVERALL HEIGHT: 1,109 mm (normal ride height)
1,063 mm (low ride height)
TRACK: FRONT / REAR: 1,694 mm /1,662 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE: 120 mm (normal ride height)
70 mm (low ride height)
APPROACH ANGLE: 9.5 degrees (normal)
13.0 degrees (front lift)
SEATING CAPACITY: 2
FRONT HEADROOM: 908 mm
FRONT LEGROOM (Max): 1,122 mm
FRONT SHOULDER ROOM: 1,238 mm
FRONT HIP ROOM: 1,145 mm