Could we see a new GT500 with more extreme use of aluminum and carbon fiber?
Could we see this car come in at 700 HP and weigh less than 3,600 lbs from the factory?
Ford Performance is hard at work on the new GT500, according to fresh reports from Detroit.
The powerplant could produce “well over the 700HP mark”, all while “breathing through a straw”.
Another topic worthy of discussion is weight savings.
We all know Ford has recently invested heavily in Aluminum materials and tooling, primarily for the new F-150 line – but Ford Performance has also added a heavy dose of weight savings to the new GT350 and GT350R in terms of carbon forged plastic, carbon fiber wheels and aluminum fenders.
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Time will tell, but our sources seem to believe that this car will be released 2018 model year, so we expect a preview in the Summer of 2016, if not sooner.
Take it for what it’s worth, but we perceive that as a hint towards Forced Induction (low boost from the factory? We are also hearing that Ford is working ‘very hard’ on Direct-Injection for this new powerplant.
Could we see Ford’s first production 5.0 Eco Boost make it’s debut in the 2018 GT500? And it’s no secret that Ford has been testing a 5.0 Twin Turbo development mule as recently as a few months ago: Regardless, we expect this new beast to depart from the highly-discussed Flat Plane Crank 5.2L GT350 motor.
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It’s also interesting to note that Ford has already claimed that there will be “12 New, High Performance Vehicles announced”.