Let’s be honest—if you were to make a short list of the world’s sexiest cars, the Ford GT would be right up near the top.
As Ford’s flagship automobile the Ford GT is center stage at the Toronto Auto Show this week. The car is held in Ford’s Performance Zone, which smells highly of rubber, engine oil, and a men’s locker room. One can only imagine that in the highly controlled environment of the Auto Show it was entirely by design.
Ford Performance is the racing side of Ford, as many of the larger car manufacturers have. They’re best known for the Mustang Shelby GT500, the Focus RS, the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST, the F150 Raptor pickup, and of course, the GT.
The GT didn’t have far to drive to get the Toronto Auto Show, as every single one is made in nearby Markham Ontario at the Multimatic factory. The Canadian company is subcontracted by Ford to make one new GT per day until the year 2020. The company is known for producing high-quality performance parts and counts Ford as one of their many customers.
Production began in December 2016, 50 years since Ford won the 24 hour Le Mans race in 1966 with the GT40. Ford also won the first year the current generation of GT came into being, finishing first in the GTE-Pro class.
The GT is a rear-mid engined, rear-wheel drive monster of a car. At its heart is a 3.5 L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 putting out 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. Attached is a 7-speed semi-automatic dual-clutch transmission that the driver can either operate manually via the paddle shifters or as the computer to control things, giving the person at the wheel unparalleled control over the car.
That kind of power propels the GT from zero to sixty in 2.8 seconds, and from zero to 100 mph in a flat six seconds. The GT’s tested top speed is a leisurely 216 mph.
Keeping that car on the ground is a body shape that does everything it can to take the on-rushing air and use it to push the frame downward. At the front is a spoiler that directs air from beneath the car on top of it, keeping the front pressed firmly on the concrete. The body has ducts and buttresses that guide and aim wind around and above the frame. At the rear is a dynamic wing that raises up and can even change shape at various speeds to ensure the GT has maximum performance no matter how fast the car is going.
Speed is maximized through lightness. The frame is made entirely of carbon fiber attached to a high strength aluminum subframe. The windshield is made out of Gorilla Glass—the same stuff as your cell phone—which is both lighter and stronger than regular glass. The wheels and dashboard can also be made of carbon fiber further lightening the already very light car.
Technology is also a centerpiece of the GT. The instrument and center console are both replaced by LCD screens: 10.1 inches for the instrument cluster and 6.5 inches for the infotainment center. All the bells and whistles you’d expect from a modern car are present, like Apple Carplay and Android Auto, rearview camera, and climate control, as well as various settings to control the car’s performance.
The GT has 5 selectable drive modes: Normal, Wet, Sport, Track, and V-Max (which presumably means going as fast as possible in a straight line), as well as 2 selectable drive heights. The suspension can rise up for regular road driving, or hunker down when it’s time to bank hard at high speeds.
For a brief period, the GT was Car and Drivers fastest road-legal car, able to perform a Lightning Lap in 2 minutes and 38.6 seconds. That lasted about a week until the GT’s arch rival, the Chevrolet Corvette, smashed that record with a time of 2:37.3.
And if you were looking to get your hands on the GT, you’ll have to wait quite a while. All GTs are bought and sold until late 2019 when those already invited by Ford to purchase one all take delivery. Some of the more notable GT owners include former late night talk show host and famous car enthusiast Jay Leno, music maker and producer Deadmau5, and baseball star CJ Wilson.
But if you’ve got $400,000 and are willing to wait until the year 2020, you too could be the proud new owner of a GT straight from the Multimatic factory in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Eh.