Watch the Aerodynamics of the 2017 Ford GT in Action
Plenty of everyday cars tack on a racy hood scoop here, a vent there, and a few gills for good measure. The reason? To create a road car that looks too mean for the street, even if most of these modifications aren’t functional. Further, some might even subtract performance. In the supercar world however, if it doesn’t increase performance… it’s not added. And that’s especially true of the all-new 2017 Ford GT. Ford recently took a behind-the-scenes look at one of the GT’s last wind tunnel test sessions (undertaken at 2 am in Ford’s Allen Park facility) before production of the new supercar begins later this year. It’s a rare and exclusive look to say the least; take a peek. RELATED: Check Out the 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition
With winds whipping around the Ford GT prototype up to speeds of 125 mph, it’s safe to say the all-new GT is truly a master of the black art of aerodynamics. Each minute detail of the GT’s body—everything from its “flying buttresses” to its active rear wing—has been scrutinized and modified to provide the best balance of track-taming downforce and a low drag coefficient, necessary for brutal top speeds.
And while it may be an afterthought to most supercar fans, the engineering team is also evaluating the GT’s interior acoustics—a good thing too. There’s no doubt that buyers of the expected $400,000 supercar will hope to hear all 600-plus horsepowers of the GT’s twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 rather than unbearable wind noise.
Looking to pick up one for yourself? Unfortunately just 250 will be built each year and the application period has already ended. Pity.
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