Ford GT set for hybrid-powered comeback

Ford GT set for hybrid-powered comeback

The rumours are swirling around the upcoming Ford GT successor with speculation on the supercars powertrain taking a seemingly unlikely turn.

Apparently the next GT40 inspired supercar from Ford will use hybrid technology to help it achieve break-neck speeds. Like the Porsche 918 Spyder the layout will consist of a standard combustion motor turning the rear wheels with an electric motor powering the front wheels for better low-sped efficiency and to boost high-speed power.

It seems radical but electric-assisted drivetrains are here to stay and are beginning to find applications in all vehicles – even retro-styled supercars.

Before you Ford fans start tearing your hair out, the good news is that the primary engine is set to be a beast. Ford is expected to use a supercharged V8 motor and the total output including the fancy new hybrid system will be in the region of 600 horsepower. That output figure would exceed the last Ford GT’s 5.4-litre dry-sump, aluminum-block supercharged V8, which was rated at 550 horsepower.

If Ford does take the hybrid route for the next GT, the price will be very high, as it will vastly complicate the engineering and production of the car. Given its limited volume production numbers and massive enthusiast appeal that may not prove an issue.

In terms of design Ford’s next GT car is expected to rely less on the retro-themes of the GT40, instead opting for a more contemporary look. This could mean sharper angles, LED lights and a much more futuristic interior style.

With a ultra-modern powertrain, fresh styling and lightweight performance the next Ford GT could prove a real threat to established European supercars. We’ll have to wait and see.

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