The last couple of days have been intense for fans of the Ford GT. Rumors are strong that the much-loved supercar could come racing back, with a debut coming as early as next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Arch rivals Chevrolet and Dodge both have supercars, and the closest Ford currently gets is with the Shelby Mustang, which admittedly is almost as good. Almost.
In the game of car competition, though, “almost” doesn’t win many sales. The timing is right for the GT to come back, but does it make sense?
A replacement for the Ford GT will likely be the big headliner at Detroit. As we’ve previously reported, several indicators on the racing side suggest Ford is preparing a Le Mans GTE-class car for 2016, the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40’s first Le Mans overall win in 1966. A road-car counterpart would go with that, and Detroit is the logical place to announce everything. If this all comes together as we’ve heard, it will be the story of the Detroit show, period.
The GTE class racers must be based on a road car, so a new GT is a very real possibility. Not only that, but an entire stable of performance vehicles could be unleashed along with a new, as-of-yet unnamed brand to house them under. A new Focus RS, Focus ST, Fiesta ST, F-150 Raptor, and a racing version of the Shelby Mustang could be under the lights in Detroit.
When I first heard about the possibility of a new Ford GT, I wondered why we’d need it. With so many amazing cars on the market, and more on the way, is there room for yet another supercar? There’s a new Acura NSX coming (probably also in Detroit), the domestics have finally arrived with the ‘Vette, and we can’t seem to stop talking about the Hellcats.
The more I thought about it the more I convinced myself that Ford is doing it right. If it’s capable of building a world-class supercar, by all means, it should. Do we need a new GT? Yes. Yes we do.
Are you hoping to see a new Ford GT at the Detroit Auto Show?