Ford Debuting Everything but Kitchen Sink at Detroit
Recently the new Ford Mustang GT350 dominated the news. Now it can take a back seat. There’s a fairly huge rumor from Road and Track about what Ford is bringing to next month’s Detroit Auto Show. All of which sounds like Ford is going to blow people’s minds. First, we will most likely see a track ready GT350, dubbed the GT350R. We’ve known for awhile that Ford’s been building a track version of the new Mustang, but this is the first time we will actually see it. It’s likely to get a revised motor, better suspension, and carbon ceramic brakes as shown in many of the spy shots that were taken at the infamous Nurburgring. RELATED: See Photos of the Ford GT Supercar
Second, we may see production versions of both the new Focus RS and the new F-150 Raptor. This new Raptor would share the aluminum body with the normal F-150, but details beyond that are scarce. Some of the reports coming from photographers point to the new Raptor using an EcoBoost engine, something that many have wanted since the Raptor's original debut.
In regards to the Focus RS, if Ford does debut the new car at Detroit, it will mark a major milestone for that platform and for Ford. The RS has never been offered on American soil, and would likely be a strong competitor against Subaru’s newest STI.
But lastly, and maybe most importantly, the rumor ends with Ford showing off a new GT supercar.
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This is the biggest leap. However, it’s based on quite a few rumblings we’ve been hearing from within Ford. According to our sources, Ford’s been interested in getting back to the 24 Hours of LeMans for a while now. The company flirted with the idea of using one of its Tudor United Daytona Prototypes, but has since moved away from that idea in favor for bringing back the GT.
There’s almost no information on what a new GT could look like or use for a drivetrain. However, Ford spent quite a lot of money developing that new flat-plane crank V8 found in the GT350. The company needs more use out of the engine. Sticking it in the back of a new GT supercar might just be the best option.
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Take all of this with a grain of salt, but let’s run down the details. We’ve seen the Raptor and RS mules running around Detroit and the desert. We just don’t know how far along they are in their development. They both could debut next month.
We also know that Ford’s been working on a more track oriented GT350, it as well is likely to bow in Detroit. However, the biggest gamble is the GT. Mercifully, we will find out in January.
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