What Engine Will the New Ford GT Have?
We all miss the absurdly beautiful Ford GT. Gone from the Ford lineup since 2006, rumor has it the Blue Oval could revive the muscle coupe for a 2016 run at Le Mans. But there's a lot of information (and misinformation) regarding Ford's reborn supercar. In light of a storied racing history and winning past at LeMans, the company will allegedly bring out two versions of its new GT. An onroad version, and a race car. Ford hopes that race car will carry Detroit to victory at LeMans once again. Enough reports are telling us that a new GT is actually happening, but there's still much to be speculated on the actual powertrain. RELATED: See More Photos of the Ford GT
Rumors have swirled over the past few months about what the company would use. They range from the insane of quad 1.0-liter EcoBoost motor for each wheel, to the more likely and highly reported 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. While Ford uses a highly tuned Roush Yates EcoBoost in the company’s DP cars for the IMSA series, it’s unlikely we will see that engine in the road car.
In terms of viability, the race car is much more likely to use the EcoBoost configuration. It’s already a proven design, and the company and race team have reams of data to go off of rather than using a brand new engine. However, with Ford spending millions of dollars developing the new flat-plane crank 5.2-liter found in the GT350, it seems more likely that the road version will use that motor.
When it comes to the road car, it’s also a matter of heritage. The GT has always been powered by the company’s strongest, most burly engines, and what better motor than a high-revving. naturally aspirated V8 that sounds like a old race car from the 50’s or 60’s?
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If Ford doesn’t show up with at least a concept, the company would miss a golden opportunity. Although being the GT’s 50th anniversary, and all the rumors, why wouldn’t the Blue Oval bring back its most famous racer? Thankfully, the Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner, so we don’t have that long to wait to see if our predictions come true.
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