More Details About the 2017 Ford GT Have Surfaced

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You might consider me cruel or you might consider me kind for what I’m about to do. I’m about to give you some facts about the 2017 Ford GT that will make you more eager for the car to come out than you already are.

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Work on the next generation of the Blue Oval’s supercar is progressing almost as quickly as the GT will fly down the road. It’s only been in development for a year and will come out in 2016. In the automotive production world, that’s fast. Spy photographers will be trying to catch the first production prototype of the 600+ horsepower Ford in action this spring.

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Those shutterbugs will have even more trouble doing their jobs because hand-laid carbon-fiber bodywork will make the next GT nice and light and easier to blast out of the reach of probing lenses. In fact, Ford’s global performance vehicle chief engineer Jamal Hameedi has said the 2017 model will have the best power-to-weight ratio “of any car on the market.” A lack of weighty hybrid components should help him and his team achieve that. I’m assuming Hameedi’s statement includes the Lamborghini Aventador, which has a price similar to the one Ford will slap on the 2017 GT and 5.03 pounds of weight for every one of its 690 horsepower. Despite the stratosphere in which the GT will be priced, Ford won’t be chasing a sky-high top speed with it. Instead, it will focus on lap times and handling.

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An active rear spoiler and a suspension that lowers itself to enhance high-speed stability will keep the GT shiny side up. Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors and calipers will help drivers avoid wrapping the GT’s beautiful lines, which are currently 95 percent finalized, around a tree.

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When the 2017 Ford GT finally hits the streets (with production-ready mirrors and lighting), most drivers will probably just catch a glimpse of its rear end. There, they’ll see the car’s ring-shaped tail lights. They won’t see the air from the intercoolers flowing out of the middle of them or exhaust gases exiting through the eye-catching rear pipe finishers, though.

We’ll all be able to spot the 2017 Ford GT at dealerships late next year.

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via [Car and Driver]

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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