Ford announced that the first street-legal version of the all-new 2017 Ford GT has rolled off its production line in Markham, Ontario. The Ford GT was originally unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January 2015.
Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president of global production, said the car was designed to meet two objectives: to excel at the annual Le Mans race, and to start deliveries before year-end. He says Ford has accomplished both, and said the final product is a testament to the car’s innovative technologies, including an abundance of carbon fiber composites.
“The all-new Ford GT is a showcase of our strength in innovation and our commitment to delivering more for our customers – especially related to lightweight materials, aerodynamics and EcoBoost® engine technologies,” said Nair.
One of the most eye-catching composite applications on the Ford GT is the carbon fiber wheels, which were made by Australia-based Carbon Revolution. The carbon fiber wheels on the Ford GT are the same size as regular supercar wheels, but are structurally stiffer, and save more than two pounds of unsprung weight per wheel. Compared to standard wheels, the weight savings reduces inertia by 25 percent and allows for better handling.
According to Tech News Gazette, the car also features a carbon fiber passenger cell and aluminum front and rear subframes encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels. The outlet adds that carbon fiber composites will allow the GT to boast “the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.”
Carscoops adds that Ford has already sold the first 500 units of the car, with 6,500 total applications for pre-order.
To watch Nair drive the car off the assembly line, check out the video below: