Ford GT40 Concept
The GT40 finds new life in a modern road car that re-ignites Ford's passion for racing. This new high-performance concept is inspired by the vehicle that roared into the hearts of car enthusiasts everywhere during the 1960s. While the new concept represents the best of Ford design, engineering and expertise this is a no-frills machine. 'No voice-activated telematics here, not even power windows. Just pure, refined performance' said Jay Mays, Ford's vice president of Design.
The GT40 Concept casts a familiar, sleek silhouette of its predecesor, yet every dimension, every curve and line on the car is a unique reinterpretation of the original. The GT40 features a long front overhang reminiscent of 1960s-era racecars. But its sweeping cowl, subtle accent lines and fiber-optic headlamps strike a distinctly contemporary pose. Its new lines draw upon and refine the best features of GT40 history and express the car's orginal identity.
To ensure that the vehicles mechanicals met with the expectations that would be required of a vehicle bearing the GT40 name, Ford turned to Special Vehicle Team Engineering. SVT engineering chief John Coletti and vehicle engineering manager Fred Goodnow led the project from its inception.
As on the historic car, the composite body panels are unstressed. Instead of steel or honeycomb-composite tubs used in the 1960s, Ford's SVT Engineering group developed an all-new aluminum spaceframe as the foundation for the GT40 concept. Constructed of extruded sections and aluminum panels, the spaceframe provides a rigid foundation for the engine and driveline while permitting the use of the specially fabricated composite body panels. The spaceframe consists of a central cabin section, a front suspension sub-section, and a rear powertrain-chassis cradle, bolted together for rigidity.
Source: Ford press