First Look: The New Ford GT

50 years after Ford GT40s took all three podium spots at the 24 hours of Le Mans and ten years after the release of the road-going GT supercar, Ford has finally revealed the latest in the legendary line of automobiles. The successor to the legendary GT name is equipped with an incredible amount of technology (as seemingly every new supercar introduced today is) in order to create a car that epitomizes performance. It's another Ford aimed at beating Ferrari.

Several major changes have occurred in the last decade, one of which took place right in the middle of the car. A 3.5 liter, twin-turbocharged V6 now sits in the engine bay where a 5.4 liter, supercharged V8 once did. As more and more companies make the change to smaller displacement and turbocharging, this did not come as a surprise. This newer engine will be lighter, more powerful, and (probably a lot) more economical than the outgoing V8. This new engine is said to be capable of over 600 horsepower, which will help propel the GT towards the horizon like a bat out of hell.

Another major change to the new GT is an extensive use of carbon fiber. From components within the chassis to the entire passenger cell, this car will be not only lighter than its predecessor, but also far stiffer. This will not only aid the GT through the corners, but also in acceleration as the engine will have less weight to pull around. As the old Ford GT wasn't exactly slow, expecting a ludicrous 0-60 time and a top speed well above 200 is incredibly realistic.

Several other major changes to the GT include a new, seven-speed paddleshift transmission (which I am assuming will be a dual-clutch setup), carbon ceramic brakes as standard, and doors that open upwards. With this incredible combination of technology and features, the new GT has already jumped to one of the most desirable cars on the market in my opinion, and they haven't even released any official performance figures yet...

Lastly, let's take a minute to just admire the styling. While looking incredibly futuristic, it also manages to still include touches that pay homage to its predecessors. Ford has also gotten noticeably interested in aerodynamics, as the splitter, diffuser, vents, spoiler, intakes and so on indicate. In my humble opinion, this has become the most desirable and good-looking American car of all time. After spending a good part of my morning looking at every picture and walk-around video the internet could supply me, I still can't get enough. It's incredible, and I cannot wait for the day when I see one of these on the streets.