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Ford Demonstrates Commitment to Sustainable Innovation Once Again With a Carbon Fiber GT Supercar

Posted March 31, 2015 12:21 PM by Jordan Perch

Lately, Ford has stepped up its sustainability efforts, in response to demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles and tougher emission standards. These efforts have yielded some amazing results, such as the F-150's aluminum body, making it 700 pounds lighter and improving its fuel economy drastically. Now, the company shows that it intends to continue focusing on using lightweight materials as a tool for reducing fuel consumption, unveiling the new carbon-fiber GT at the Detroit Auto Show.

The American car maker showcased the latest version of the high-performance sports car in Detroit, putting the accent on the extensive use of carbon fiber on several parts of the vehicle. It features a carbon-fiber body, or more specifically, body panels and passenger cell made out of these ultra light material, which results in significantly lower fuel consumption and less greenhouse gas emissions. This makes the GT one of the very few high-performance cars with a carbon-fiber body, and Ford hopes that it will allow the company to keep up with German car maker BMW, which was the first manufacturer to launch a mass-produced vehicle to use this pretty expensive material on a large scale.

In addition to carbon fiber, the new GT uses another lightweight material - aluminum, for its rear and front subframes, further reducing the vehicle's weight. While the improved fuel economy can certainly be attributed to the use of carbon fiber on the GT, the fact that it has an extremely efficient engine using Ford's EcoBoost technology, helps reduce fuel consumption, too. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged, rear-wheel drive, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, that according to Ford, is the most powerful engine for a mass-market vehicle the company has ever built. Ford said that it will deliver more than 600 horsepower, but didn't provide additional details on the car's performances. The engine will be paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The car's exterior design plays an important role for its improved efficiency, as well. It boasts an exceptionally aerodynamic "tear-drop" shape, with an active rear spoiler, whose angle can be adjusted in accordance to weather and driving conditions, along with a curved windshield, which also improves visibility. The upward-opening doors are just another cool and practical feature, making it easier for the driver and passenger to get in and out of the vehicle.

On the inside, there is a digital information cluster, which provides the driver with specific information related to the car's performances, ant it is also equipped with the latest version of Ford's SYNC infotainment system.

The new Ford GT is expected to go into production sometime next year, and be one of the most important pieces of the celebrations in honor of the 50th anniversary of the epic 24 Hours of Le Mans race in race, when the iconic Ford GT40 recording a 1-2-3 victory. As far as pricing is concerned, while it hasn't been confirmed by Ford, the new GT will likely cost well over $150,000, a pretty heavy price tag, which is understandable, considering the expensive materials it uses.

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