Monday, Jun 18, 2018

2015 Detroit Auto Show: Ford Flexes Muscle With 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R, F-150 Raptor, GT Supercar

The Detroit Auto Show is an adrenaline high for many and this year seems to be one of the best in years.  These cars may not need The BenchtopPRO parts washer yet but some of them may be future collectible classic cars. Here are some of the highlights as seen in a recent International Business Times article written by Angelo Young.

FOrd GT supercar
The Ford GT supercar will be unleashed to the public late next year, Ford says. Ford Motor

Automakers haven’t had this kind of swagger in years. With a U.S. auto market in full postrecession recovery, carmakers have moved beyond lauding rational, fuel-sipping driving options to flex some muscle.

On Monday, Ford Motor Co. did just that by announcing a trio of vehicles in its performance plays, including the GT supercar that the company will roll out late next year.

“This is a return to more passion projects instead of doing more pragmatic vehicles like compacts,” said Jessica Caldwell, senior auto analyst at Kelley Blue Book. “Showing off a halo sports car in 2009 would not have been well received.”

Ford President and CEO Mark Fields described the GT as “the ultimate Ford performance vehicle” during his presentation at the packed Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit during the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The car underscores the power potential of Ford’s more efficient EcoBoost engines and is aimed at allaying concerns that EcoBoost engines are weaker. In the GT, they certainly are not: The GT’s V6 EcoBoost power plant puts out more than 600 horsepower.

Ford’s return to exotic sports cars is expected in 2016 on the 50th anniversary of the company’s historic victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans when three GT40 Mk. IIs finished first, second and third in the race. Ford has said it will participate at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race with a variant of this street-legal GT supercar.

 

ShelbyGT350R_02_HRThe 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R.  Ford.
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Ford also presented the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R – the closest thing to a professional racing version of the Mustang that can legally be driven on public roads.

 

 


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