Ford is gearing up to launch a follow-up model to its hugely popular GT supercar, according to rumours.
It has been suggested that the new model could be unveiled as soon as the next Detroit motor show in January, with a production run of over 1,000 reported to be produced.
The original Ford GT was a mid-engined two-seater supercar that was built by the company between 2004 and 2006, directly inspired by the legendary GT40 racing model of the late 1960s.
Powered by a 5.4-litre supercharged V8 engine, the GT could do the 0-60mph in as little as 3.5 seconds, before going on to an electronically-limited speed of 205mph.
The GT was also impressive in other areas; construct of a high-strength superplastic frame, the GT actually broke the machine designed to crush it to assess body strength as part of its testing phase.
Turbocharged V6 in a new Ford GT?
If the rumours about the new generation of GT models are correct, power for the range will come courtesy of a high-performance turbocharged V6 version of Ford’s EcoBoost engine.
Some even claim that the new sports car could coincide with a return by Ford to the Le Mans 24 Hours race for the 50th anniversary of theGT40’s success, when it won four years running from 1966-9.
According to the reports, the new model, like the previous GT, will be designed as a halo car for publicity rather than profit, to drum up support for the EcoBoost range and to display its capabilities.
The fuel-efficient engines are currently produced in a wide range of formats, from the 1.0-litre unit that features in the Fiesta supermini range to the new version featured in the 2015 Mustang.
So far, Ford has refused to either confirm or deny the rumours, but Ford’s latest performance model, the Shelby GT350 was unveiled by the marque in the middle of November.
With more than 500bhp of power on tap courtesy of its naturally-aspirated V8 engine, the track-ready GT350 is currently Ford’s most powerful non-turbocharged V8 model ever built.
Featuring a resculpted front end and an aggressive front splitter, the GT350 also comes with flared wheel arches, a rear diffuser and a subtle rear spoiler for maximum downforce.
Sitting on 19-inch alloy wheels, the GT350 also features Recaro sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and bright chrome gauges on the interior for extra hot rod-style appeal.
Unfortunately, the Shelby GT350 won’t be coming to the UK any time soon, but the standard 2015 Ford Mustang http://www.perrys.co.uk/car-news/news/ford-rolls-first-right-hand-drive-mustang/ is due for release next year.