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GT Development a Training Ground for New Technology

While recognizing that most of the vehicle-buying public isn’t in the market for a 647-horsepower monster like the GT, Ford executives say that the experience of building the supercar has paved the way for the development of new technologies that will help every driver in the future. “When we began work on the all-new Ford GT in 2013, the team had three goals,” according to Ford product development VP Raj Nair. “The first was to use it as a training ground for our engineers as we develop future engine technology and stretch our understanding of aerodynamics.” Nair said the other two goals involved the use of lightweight carbon fiber materials, and to win the LeMans 24-hour race. You can see the fruit of the development team’s labors when you inspect the entire inventory at Chapman Ford.

Raptor Shares Many Engine Parts

When you test drive an F-150 Raptor and come away impressed with the power of its EcoBoost engine, you can thank the Ford GT engineering team. The 3.5L EcoBoost engine in the Raptor was developed alongside the GT racing engine, sharing almost 60 percent of its parts. “We pushed the engine’s limits beyond what we might consider in traditional development programs, which is important as we continue to advance EcoBoost technology as a centerpiece of the company’s global lineup,” said Ford engineering VP Bob Fascetti.

All-digital Dashboard Coming in Mustang

The all-digital dashboard that will make its appearance in the 2018 Mustang and other Ford vehicles of the future is a result of the GT development program. The digital display is programmed to reconfigure the available information based on what driving mode you choose. “Driver focus and attention are key with such high performance,” said Ford Performance chief engineer Jamal Hameedi. The 10-inch wide display is customizable, displaying the information the driver wants to see in an easy-to-read format that helps the driver maintain focus on the road.

Aluminum Alloy Helping Cut Fuel Usage

The Ford GT development program was also instrumental in the use of high-strength aluminum alloys in the F-150 and Expedition, helping those two behemoths to cut weight and increase fuel mileage and performance. The aerodynamic sculpting of the entire Ford lineup is also a direct result of wind tunnel tests conducted in the development of the Ford GT. Pay particular attention to the design philosophy when you examine the inventory at Chapman Ford. While you might not be in the market for a GT anytime soon, you’ll enjoy the technology that’s at the heart of the supercar development.

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