• Sep 29, 2010
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Back in 2003, Ford gave us the GT supercar – a road-going homage to the iconic GT40 race car. Ford discontinued the GT when its high-powered Shelby GT500 debuted for the 2007 model year, but now the word around Dearborn is that there may be another top-end Blue Oval supercar coming down the pipeline. This time around, however, things may be a bit greener.

According to Motor Trend, Ford Motor Company executives have suggested that if a GT successor is created, its main focus will be fuel efficiency, citing the possibility of an electric drivetrain. The EV supercar isn't a new idea, after all – Porsche is readying its 918 Spyder and Mercedes-Benz has shown us its SLS E-Cell. Of course, Ford's plans are simply rumormill fodder at this point, but we'll keep our eyes peeled for silent supercars roaming around Dearborn in the coming years just the same.



[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Poor americans...
      I'm really sorry for you.

      But for the rest of the world, the Ford GT will now become a great car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're sorry for us?

        Don't be!! We are not!! The Ford GT was a great car, as are most of our cars here. Unlike most of the rest of the world, we can drive pretty much what we want and don't have to spend an arm and a leg for it.

        Poor Europeans, I am so sorry for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Screw it. I'm gonna go against the grain on this one and say so long as it's as innovative as Porsche's 918 Spyder, bring it on!

      "But JB! The Ford GT is America's best supercar ever made! Why would you want to ruin it with hybrid technology??"

      Firstly, the Ford GT still is a great supercar and no one can change that. All 4038 of them (according to Wiki, though I'm sure there's some 30 less in this world thanks to the young/dumb/rich drivers) will remain as great of a car as when it was made. Personally I think the GT is about 70% as good as the GT40 (Mk II in particular), but the newer GT is what most people adore and it will always be remembered as a great supercar, American or not.

      Secondly, this is a successor, not a update. And with a fresh slate and the whole GT bit in the past, it allows for Ford engineers to come up with the very best they have to offer without having to stick with any "model characteristics" For an example, say GM engineers felt the best motor for the C7 is a twin turbo-charged V6 due to size, weight, efficiency, etc. Would they put one in though? Heck no! (Hopefully not anyways) Marketing and tradition tell us the Vette should always have a V8 (forget about that first gen) and rightfully so, it's part of the Vette's character. Same with the Viper's V10, Porsche's flat 6 placed in the rear, etc. But with this next Ford supercar, there's nothing to hold back. It's a "give us your best shot" opportunity for Ford's engineers.

      Lastly, so what if they make a hybrid supercar? So long as it's genuinely great, there's no reason to hate it. It's not "ruining" any car, it's not hurting the company (except maybe from a financial point of view, but then again what supercar doesn't?), and it'll show what Ford is capable of from a engineering stand point. Porsche has pulled this off successfully several times (Cayenne, Panamera, any hybrid they've made) so why not give another company (and a domestic one at that!) a chance to show what they can do? Also, remember that Ford is no slouch in the hybrid dept. If they decide to build a hybrid supercar, you can bet that they're not gonna half-ass it and make the supercar equivalent of the CR-Z.

      So in the end, I say bring it on Ford! Let us see what you can do beyond your new Mustang.
        • 4 Years Ago
        OK... i get what you are saying and I agree with you. Just don't effe with the Ford GT. It is supercar perfection!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Finally someone that gets it.

        Cars have, from day-one, been connected with technology. They have progressed hand-in-hand to make a better product. Mass production begot cars that were higher quality, while also being cheaper. Metallurgy tech have created incredibly reliable engines that would have been unheard of years prior. Advances in computer technologies that started either on the race track or in high-end cars are now common day items on even the cheapest ride.

        So one would think that a TRUE "car guy" is also all about technology and innovation... and yet invariably, you get the whole "sky-is-falling" mentality the second that someone mentions electric vehicles. As if electric motors are somehow unreliable... they are not. Or have not been around for ages... they have. Or that they can't be used to make an ENORMOUS amount of torque... they can. And yet the sky-is-falling mentality continues which is rather disturbing for a crowd that should embrace tech, not run and hide from it.

        Even wish examples such as the Tesla Roadster, or Porsche's recently announced 918 Spyder there is still an unwarranted backlash.... I mean after all, what does Porsche know about sportscars, right? Because I am sure they, of all companies, would bring out the 918 if it wasn't a stunner both in the flesh and on the track.

        Others would rather quake in fear, it appears.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think you guys are missing the point. You're right, cars like this are produced and sold in small numbers and generally aren't driven much. Their environmental impact is tiny. Perhaps we should stop calling these cars (Porsche 918, Mercedes SLS E-cell, etc.) supercars and start calling them what they are: halo cars or marketing tools. These cars do two things. Primarily, they show the world that car companies are "in touch" with the changing political/economic environment and are investing and working on a popular and accepted, albeit somewhat questionable, green solution to the ICE. Secondly, they allow the car companies to play with some new tech with low risk (TSBs and failed technology on a limited run car is much more desirable than on a high volume seller) and pass some of the high cost of the new tech on to the few, well heeled consumers who want to park the newest automotive anomaly next to their Tucker and Spyker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A 700-800HP gas powered rear wheel drive with a 200-300HP electric powered front drive would fit the Green Super Car title. Don't forget the the regenerative braking system and the potential stealth mode (electric only) so that the Porsches and the other POS don't feel the ground shake. Once your within a mile or so unleash the beast for punishment. I think this is close to the concept no messy mechanical linkage between front and back drive. I am all for hybrids if it means 200-300 HP more, anyone have a problem with that?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't have a problem with it. It is just not my thing. It is the ones like Dan who call us "ignorant" for not being obsessed like he is that I have a problem with. You know, "the sky is falling folks".

        I could see owning an electric or hybrid for a daily commuter, but prefer the sound and ride of a v8 in a sporty car. How "Stone Age" of me?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't put your money on an electric Ford supercar. Think Eco-boost. Think super light weight, 200 MPH with an EPA of 50+ MPG highway. Think of a practical Ariel Atom
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh NOES1!!!

      Please don't make it like the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder!1!!


      http://cdn.automoblog.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Porsche-918-Spyder.jpg

      The LAST thing we need is a stunningly gorgeous, ass-hauling car that just also happens to be able to get some amazing fuel economy by using the very things that make a sportscar, a sportscar (lightweight, aerodynamic). I mean the worst thing that a sportscar can have is gobs and gobs of torque produced at 0 RPM like an electric motor is capable of doing. Who the hell would want that?!?!

      :rolleyes:

      • 4 Years Ago
      5.0 EcoBoost. The "Eco" makes it green. Done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man what the hell is going on with all this hybrid BS. The Ford GT is a Monster and way better than any 918 Spyder or SLS e-cell. Never mind this hybrid super car crap. A super car must be “Super" as in a Ford Supercharged 6.2L V8. Common! I want the dam ground to shake when this new Supercar Drives by not the sound of "nothing"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks. Now the hybrid/electric takeover is playing out like The Neverending Story in my head.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So if this new GT was the equivalent to the old GT as the Tesla is to the Lotus Elise would you all still be complaining? I wouldn't
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's safe to say that most of us prefer the Elise. Even with its Toyota motor, and especially considering the price difference.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It could blow the old GT off the road and it still would not win people over. The price would be one thing and the fact that so many are so attached to the ICE that it would take a lot to let it go. It is a cultural icon.

      • 4 Years Ago
      next thing you know Lockheed will be making "green" unpowered glider fighter jets
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ohh krap, GT is a supercar, stop with this "green car" madness...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The thing is that a supercar is all about a great engine with a great handling and a great sound. It's not just a car, it's an icon.

        I'm not against being green, just don't think it should be done with supercars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        try not to be so incredibly ignorant
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qDZOBQs60w
        learn. electric drive is so much better than the low brow combustion engine.
        and what you see in that video is only a faint beginning. he's soon introducing an electric drivetrain with 4x the power of that. should be plenty fast for you, yes?...
      • 4 Years Ago
      You mean green is the new black. These automakers are starting to make me become colorblind.

      Unless Ford proves us that it won't be yet another CR-Z, I am not getting my hopes up.
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