We join Doug DeMuro as he takes us on an in-depth tour and review of America's incredible supercar, the 2019 Ford GT.
Saying 'American supercar' is an oxymoron for some; an opinion moulded over years of traditional muscle cars being good at going fast in a straight line, but not so good in the corners.
Well, the 2019 Ford GT has demolished that assumption, it's a pure-bred supercar in function as much as design – this vehicle was created for the track first and then for the road.
This means that the Ford GT is formed around aerodynamics, which gives its skin a look like no other. The teardrop-shaped cabin allows for air to flow through the car, under twin buttress that connects the cabin to the wheel arches. It has an active rear wing, twin exhaust pipes jutting out above the number plate, and let's not forget those radical air vents mounted inside the circular brake lights.
In terms of design and function, the doors swing up and forward when opened and the nose can be lifted or lowered in a second, there's the world's smallest luggage compartment aft the mid-mounted engine, and the frunk hosts liquid containers for cooling and so on.
Inside, and this Carbon Series model loses its cup holders and under-seat storage compartment to save weight, leaving it with nothing but a small shelf to put your mobile on for storage. It's got a dial for gear selection, nifty metal steering-mounted shifting paddles and Ford's Sync3 infotainment system.
The steering wheel isn't actually a circle, it's flat at the top and bottom with just a hint of a cure to either side. It's also loaded with buttons and wheels for functions including turning signals, windscreen washers, bright headlight flasher, cruise control and drive-mode selection.
The seats are fixed in place, so to adjust the car to fit different drivers heights, the steering column and pedals mover fore and aft, and there are mountings behind the seats for four-point harnesses that have to be specced before the car is built.
Hitting the road and the ride is firm, the steering direct, and there's no sign of body roll. The 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged Ford Ecoboost V6 sends 647hp to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and it's fast.
The Ford GT is unconventional, desireable, and unique, and that's what makes it a special and incredible supercar. Check out the video below to find out more.