Ford GT90

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Ford GT90
Ford GT90 Front.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 1995
Assembly Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Body and chassis
Class concept car
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout Rear mid-engined, rear-wheel drive
Platform aluminium and carbon fibre monocoque chassis with steel for extra torsional rigidity
Powertrain
Engine 6.0 L quad-turbocharged DOHC V12
Transmission 5-speed FFD-Ricardo manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,946 mm (116 in)
Length 4,470 mm (176 in)
Width 1,963 mm (77 in)
Height 1,140 mm (45 in)
Curb weight 1,451 kg (3,199 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Ford GT40 (spiritual)

The Ford GT90 is a high performance concept car that was developed and manufactured by American car maker Ford. It was unveiled in January 1995 at the Detroit Auto Show as "the world's mightiest supercar". Performance included a top speed 253 mph (407 km/h)[1][2] completing a quarter mile at 140 mph (225 km/h) from a 720 hp (537 kW;730 PS) quad-turbocharged DOHC V12 engine, the exhaust of which was claimed to be hot enough to damage the body panels, requiring ceramic tiles similar to those on the Space Shuttle to keep the car from melting.

The mid-engined car is a spiritual successor to the Ford GT40, taking from it some styling cues, such as doors that cut into the roofline, but little else. In regard to angles and glass, the Ford GT90 was the first Ford to display the company's "New Edge" design philosophy. The GT90 was built around a honeycomb-section aluminum monocoque and its body panels were molded from carbon fiber.

The GT90 has a very angular design. Notice all the triangles in its design.

Development[edit]

The GT90 was built as a secret project by a small engineering team in just over six months. It shared many components including the transmission and chassis from another high profile stablemate—the Jaguar XJ220, as Jaguar was also owned by Ford at the time. The engine was a 90-degree, forced induction i.e. quad-turbocharged V12, unique to the GT90.[3] Before the engine was placed into the car, it was used on a test mule, a Lincoln Town Car.

The GT90 was originally going to be the successor to the Ford GT40 and Ford GT70, and the predecessor to the Ford GT, but after the plan for production was cancelled, the chronology was changed, making the Ford GT the new successor to the GT40 and GT70.[citation needed]

Performance Data[edit]

The GT90's 48-valve V12 is constructed on an aluminium block and head, contains a 6.0-litre engine displacement, and produces up to 720 hp (537 kW; 730 PS). It is equipped with a forced induction system and is equipped with four Garrett T2 turbochargers. The engine architecture was based on the 90-degree Ford Modular engine family utilizing a layout similar to that of a paired set of 4.6-litre V8 engines of which each had 2 cylinders removed. This yielded a 90-degree V12, with a 90.2 mm (4 in) bore and a 77.3 mm (3.04 in) stroke with the cylinders arranged in two banks in a single casting.[1] The power produced by the engine is delivered to the rear-wheels (making the car rear-wheel drive) by a 5-speed manual transmission developed jointly by FF Developments and Ricardo.

The suspension is a double wishbone variant. The steering is a power-assisted rack-and-pinion. The brakes are ventilated discs.

The GT90, according to Ford, was capable of accelerating from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 3.1 seconds, 0–100 mph (0–161 km/h) in 6.2 seconds, and had a quarter mile (400 m) time of 10.9 seconds at 140 mph (225 km/h). Top speed was listed at 253 mph (407 km/h).[1]

Media[edit]

The Ford GT90 appeared in the video games Need for Speed II, Sega GT 2002, Ford Racing 2, Ford Racing 3, Gran Turismo 2, Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA, TOCA Race Driver 2, TOCA Race Driver 3, Project Gotham Racing 3, and Ford Street Racing. The car was featured in original Top Gear in a 1995 issue tested by Jeremy Clarkson, while the car was still planned to enter production.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c D, Nick. "1995 Ford GT90 Concept". Supercars. 
  2. ^ Wouter Melissen. "Ford GT90 Concept". UltimateCarPage. 
  3. ^ George, Patrick (4 October 2013). "The Ford GT90 May Have Been The Greatest Concept Car Ever". Jalopnik. 

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