CEO Mark Fields: Ford’s GT Supercar is Symbol of Innovation

All-New Ford GT

Ford’s new GT sports car, the surprise hit of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is a symbol of the company’s focus on the future, a report said.

The Ford GT is powered by a super-hot version of Ford’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. That engine generates 365 horsepower in mainstream models like Ford’s Explorer, but for duty in the GT it has been given a big boost: Ford says it’ll make over 600 horsepower, though the company hasn’t yet released specifics, The Motley Fool said.

In fact, a lot of specifics on the new GT were lacking. Ford plans to build the car starting late next year, the total production run will be tiny (possibly 300 cars), and the price will be six figures for sure, the website said.

But why would Ford choose to build such a car — and then limit it to such a tiny number of copies? In part, it’s because Ford likely has plans to race a version of the new GT — though the company hasn’t yet announced any official plans along those lines, the report said.

But as CEO Mark Fields said, the new GT — which is built largely from carbon fiber and aluminum, using advanced techniques — is a symbol of Ford’s emphasis on “innovation, ” the theme of its display at the Detroit show and an important theme for the company’s efforts going forward, the website said.

Meanwhile, the automotive test director for Consumer Reports gave the GT a glowing review, the Los Angeles Times said.

Jake Fisher, who evaluates nearly every new vehicle in everyday driving and on the magazine’s test track, told the Times, “It is exciting and drop-dead gorgeous. Most importantly, it looks better than the original. I like the way Ford has done things with advanced materials that couldn’t be done before, and how the GT showcases Ford’s 3.5-liter V-Ecoboost engine.”






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