Though it lasted just two years, the Ford GT left a lasting impact with supercar fans, and there have been calls for a successor as soon as the last model ended production. Ford has been listening, waiting for the right moment, and Motor Trend says that the time for a Ford GT successor is near.
Ambitions are high for the new mid-engine supercar, which will also serve to launch Ford back into the endurance car racing circuit it briefly dominated in the late 1960s. It would also need to boast a lot more power, as the 550 ponies the 2004 to 2006 GTs has long since been surpassed by the likes of the Shelby GT500 and competitors like 707 horsepower Challenger Hellcat.
Don’t look for a mid-mounted V8 though; Ford has made headway in the racing world with the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6, which has been tuned to as much as 600 horsepower in the 12 Hours of Sebring-winning Roush-Yates race car. The problem of course is that most people aren’t willing to shell out supercar deniro for a car with a standalone V6. Ford could dip into the Mustang parts bion and do something with the 5.0 liter V8, but that’s not nearly as special.
While Motor Trend doesn’t put the option on the table, the EcoBoost V6 engine wouldn’t have to work alone. Ford’s plug-in hybrid technology has been on the road for several years now, and a Ford GT Energi could hit all the right notes with supercar buyers. It’s an option to put on the table, given how plug-in hybrid supercars are coming out of Europe on a regular basis, and earlier reports suggest this is the route Ford decided to take.
With the 50th anniversary around the corner for the Ford GT, there’s reason to be excited and expectant that the Blue Oval might roll out something special, and soon.