After a lengthy introduction for the Ford GT supercar, including a Le Mans racing debut that saw the turbocharged V6 Ford topple rivals from Ferrari and Porsche, details of the production car have finally been revealed.
Despite a somewhat modest sounding 3.5-litre V6 that wears the same EcoBoost family name as vehicles as sedate as the Fiesta hatch, The coupe's twin-turbo engine delivers a supercar-worthy 482kW of power and 746Nm in torque.
Those figures sit just below the 492kW and 760Nm of Ferrari’s 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 488 GTB, but with a top speed of 346 km/h the Ford GT outpaces both the Ferrari and the comparable McLaren 675LT.
Ford staged a comparison between the new GT and its closest mid-engine supercar rivals (at the time of development), the 675LT and the discontinued Ferrari 458 Speciale. Ford claims that the GT is quicker than both around Canada's Calabogie Motorsports Park, where Ford’s supercar returned lap times around one second quicker than the McLaren and three seconds faster than the Italian machine.
Tipping the scales at just over 1350 kilograms without fluids, the GT straddles the difference between the lighter McLaren, Ferrari's latest, heavier, 488 GTB coupe. Despite being down slightly on power compared to both, the GT makes up ground thanks to active suspension, and aerodynamics shaped by Aussie designer Todd Willing.
In the fast-paced work of exotic supercars top-dog titles don’t last for long, with McLaren preparing a successor to its current range of Super Series vehicles (which comprises the current 650S and 675LT) to debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, promising more power and better aero than existing models.
Lamborghini is also hard at work developing a hardcore version of the V10-powered Huracan coupe to be unveiled at Geneva, while Ferrari is said to be working on a beefed up, stripped out version of the 488.
The bad news for enthusiasts however is that Ford’s entire limited-run GT production schedule is already accounted for, and adding further insult to injury, the GT will only officially be produced in left-hand drive.
The brand's local arm claims to be unaware of any bound for Australia at the hands of private collectors, though there are rumours that the ultimate Ford could be headed for New Zealand.