Nurburgring, ‘the Ring’, is a track in Germany that sees muscle cars going head to head in lap times every year. This year was no different and EVO reported that Ford is raising the bar.
Shortly after its debut in Detroit, the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R lapped the Ring faster than the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The difference? Five seconds. It may not sound like much but on the track a split second is the difference between winning and losing.
With a time of 7 minutes 32.19 seconds, the Shelby beats out the Camaro Z28’s 7 minute 37.47 second lap. The Shelby GT350R’s time is comparable to the Ferrari 458 Italia’s.
With this new Mustang starting off the next generation right, Ford has picked up the pace and taken it directly to its competitors. With a 5.2L V8 engine putting out over 500 horses, weight saving modifications, and magnetic ride suspension, the standard has been set.
Is it any wonder the world would rather choose a Ford over a Chevy? Chevrolet’s response later this year with the release of the next generation Camaro still won’t be able to beat this Mustang.
While the new Ford F-150 has dominated the Blue Oval’s headlines for many months now, Ford still managed to put out another equally impressive performance car at the North American International Auto Show this year—the Ford GT Carbon Fiber Supercar. This Ford GT supercar is one of twelve new performance vehicles the brand promised us by 2020—and if this is the standard, we’re excited to see the rest of those cars, for sure.
The Ford GT gets its power from its EcoBoost engine. Ford has begun implementing EcoBoost technology in basically every one of their vehicles, and this engine, a twin-turbocharged V6, is the most powerful EcoBoost offering yet. In fact, it will get over 600 horsepower. That engine is mid-mounted, and the car also features rear-wheel-drive and a beautiful carbon fiber design.
What’s more, the GT also received the EyesOn Design Prize for Best Production Vehicle at NAIAS. The award is given to the best production and concept vehicles making their global debuts in Detroit.
“Ford and its employees are honored to receive this recognition,” said Moray Callum, Ford Motor Company vice president, Design. “The great thing about the all-new Ford GT is that we were able to maintain the essence of the original GT40, while making it into a 21st century car. The GT’s cutting-edge technology and engineering demonstrate Ford’s commitment to performance and innovation in every aspect of our business.”
We’re certainly proud of the Ford GT Carbon Supercar here at Cambridge Classic Ford, but we’d be even more proud to see you behind the wheel of one. So come see us today to learn more about the supercar that shocked Detroit—and to get more information on all the Ford performance cars coming this decade.
Ford has always been an innovator when it comes to performance vehicles, and it doesn’t look like the American carmaker will be stopping this tradition anytime soon. Known for its top of the line EcoBoost performance, Ford has decided to combine this technology with the new Ford GT Carbon Fiber Concept to create a GT model that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, referring to Henry Ford’s win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. “We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make peoples heart’s pound.”
The all-new GT supercar features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever, featuring a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that churns out more than 600 horsepower. Combined with the car’s lightweight, carbon-fiber body, this high-performance car is Ford’s most extreme offering.
Ford will begin producing the Ford GT Carbon Fiber Concept in 2016. Until then, stop in to Cambridge Classic Ford today and see what other high-performance options we have to offer!
When Ford showed off its new Atlas Concept at the NAIAS in Detroit, it became apparent that Ford envisioned the future of the heavy-duty pickup truck as strong, but efficient. Some of these technologies include things like active grille shutters, active wheel shutters, a drop-down air dam, and power running boards – which, combined, can save a lot more fuel than conventional vehicles.
What would you think about having a hybrid F-150? An F-150 running on both gas and electricity definitely would be something new and interesting to try out. That’s not the only possibility though, as Ford could also change the materials with which they build their trucks. Possibilities include such advanced, weight-saving materials as high-strength steel, boron steel, aluminum, and even magnesium. We could also likely see carbon fiber become more common.
No matter what path Ford decides to set out on with its popular F-150 series, it’s sure to be an innovative and exciting one. Until they release solid details, our job is to cling onto any rumors that come our way.