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Performance and engineering
The Ford GT features many new and unique technologies, including super-plastic-formed aluminum body panels, roll-bonded floor panels, a friction-stir welded center tunnel, a “ship-in-a-bottle” gas tank, a capless fuel filler system, one-piece door panels and an aluminum engine cover with a one-piece carbon-fiber inner panel.
Brakes are four-piston aluminum Brembo calipers with cross-drilled and vented rotors at all four corners. When the rear canopy is opened, the rear suspension components and engine are visible.
The 5.4L V8 powerplant is all-aluminum and fed by an Eaton screw-type supercharger. It features unique 4-valve DOHC cylinder heads and a forged rotating assembly. It uses a unique aluminum block designed specifically for the GT program with an emphasis on block rigidity. A dry sump oiling system is employed, allowing the engine to sit very low in the frame. The DOHC heads are a revision of the Cobra R cylinder heads (with slightly increased wall casting thickness in the exhaust port) and the design is essentially shared with the GT500. Power output is 550 horsepower (410 kW) and 500 foot-pounds force (680 N·m) of torque. A Ricardo six-speed manual transmission is fitted featuring a helical limited-slip differential.
Performance (mph):(Source: Car and Driver Magazine)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h): 3.3 seconds
0-100 mph (0-160 km/h): Faster than 7.8 seconds
Top speed: 205 mph
Top lap time-Nürburgring Nordschleife (as indicated by Octane magazine, 11/05):
The US EPA mileage estimate for the GT is 12 mpg in city driving, and 19 mpg in highway cruising, for a combined 14 mpg (19.6/12.4 & 16.8 L/100 km combined). Similar vehicles, like the Lamborghini Murcielago and Ferrari F430, rate at 10 city / 15 highway for 12 mpg (19.6 L/100 km) combined, and 13 city / 17 highway for 14 mpg (16.8 L/100 km) combined, respectively.
On May 14th 2007 a GT participated in an economy driving contest around Reykjavik in Iceland held by FÍB (the associaton of car owners in Iceland), and the oil company Atlantsolía. The GT finished the 143 km circle through hilly terrain with average fuel consumption of 11,31 litre/100km (21 Miles per Gallon).
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