New Ford GT Could Be Really Expensive and Really Exclusive

All right everyone, you can stop holding your breath and start breaking out your wallets. We now have some rather important information regarding production and pricing of the new Ford GT. That said, it’s pretty controversial. Let’s see if we can make sense of it. Speaking at the Ford reception at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance, said the new Ford GT would be priced around the same as a Lamborghini Aventador. Additionally, the car would be limited to just 250 units annually, although production would span at least a few years. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2016 Ford GT Let’s start off with the Lamborghini pricing. Currently a new Aventador — not the new SV but the bare bones model — starts at almost $400,000. And while we can see Lamborghini commanding that price easily, it’s a bit different when the car has the Blue Oval on it. The only way we see the new Ford GT coming to market at that price is if it offers much more performance than the Lamborghini. While all the technical details about the new Ford GT aren't known, it definitely has the potential for greater performance. So far, all Ford has said is the horsepower is well above 600. For comparison, the Aventador has 700, but has a heavy AWD system that the Ford does not. Technical specs will definitely be of more interest as we move closer to the production date. RELATED: The V6 EcoBoost Makes Perfect Sense for the New Ford GT However, where Pericak’s statements really confuse us is the very specific 250 units. It's a number that falls behind the rules and regulations of ACO, the governing body of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. You would be sorely mistaken if you doubt Ford is taking this car racing. The rules read as follows: “A car with a carbon chassis can be accepted if: • It is made in a quantity of at least 300 units. • Only the cockpit is made with carbon elements, • No suspension element is fixed on this carbon structure. " Now breaking down the rules above, Ford paid attention, especially when working the suspension into compliance. According to the original Ford GT press release, the suspension of the new car isn’t bolted directly to the carbon tub, but actually hooked up to twin aluminum sub-frames in both the front and the rear. That would only be done if the car was getting primed to take it racing. RELATED: See More Photos of the Original Ford GT Additionally, it appears Ford essentially developed a race car first, then added creature comforts for a road car. Between the carbon tub, the carbon brakes, aluminum suspension, and lastly dropping in the race proven Chip Ganassi EcoBoost V6, it's not possible Ford makes the mistake of not building enough to meet the regulations. It’s interesting to hear Pericak’s remarks, especially knowing that Ford’s been viewing a return to Le Mans next year, even if they haven’t confirmed it yet. Now I know what you might be saying, “Well, they’re missing 50 cars, could those be the race cars they will ultimately build?” And the answer is no. According to the regulations, “For each car entered in a race, a minimum of 9 road cars identical to the model homologated by the ACO must be produced.” Ford would then have to build 450 cars just to meet the regulations to make up the 50-car difference. In the end, hopefully Pericak is just wrong or was misquoted, because both the price and the production numbers seem a bit suspect. Stay tuned though, we should know more in the coming weeks as things start to ramp up for the New York Auto Show. RELATED: See What Ferrari Could Brings to New Years' Le Mans _____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide 

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