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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.[1]

Ford GT90
Ford GT90 Front.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
Production1995
AssemblyDearborn, Michigan, United States
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutRear mid-engined, rear-wheel drive
Platformaluminium and carbon fibre monocoque chassis with steel for extra torsional rigidity
Powertrain
Engine6.0 L (5,927 cc) quad-turbocharged DOHC V12
Power output720 hp (537 kW; 730 PS)
Transmission5-speed FFD-Ricardo manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,946 mm (116 in)
Length4,470 mm (176 in)
Width1,963 mm (77 in)
Height1,140 mm (45 in)
Curb weight1,451 kg (3,199 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorFord GT40 (spiritual)

DesignEdit

The mid-engined GT90 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.

Performance DataEdit

The GT90's 48-valve V12 is constructed on an aluminium block and head, displaces 6.0-litres (5,927 cc), and produces an estimated 720 hp (537 kW; 730 PS) and 660 lb⋅ft (895 N⋅m) of torque.[2] It has a redline of 6,300 rpm. It is equipped with a forced induction system that uses four Garrett T2 turbochargers.[3] 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 (3.55 in) bore and a 77.3 mm (3.04 in) stroke with the cylinders arranged in two banks in a single casting.[4] The power produced by the engine is delivered to the rear-wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission developed jointly by FF Developments and Ricardo. The exhaust of the GT90 gets so hot that it would be enough to damage the body panels, and thus ceramic tiles, similar to those on the Space Shuttle, are used to keep the car from melting.[1]

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 as 253 mph (407 km/h).[4]

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

DevelopmentEdit

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 the Jaguar XJ220, as Jaguar was also owned by Ford at the time. The V12 engine, unique to the GT90,[5] was developed by using a Lincoln Town Car as a test mule, in which they put the prototype engine in order to refine it.

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]

MediaEdit

The Ford GT90 appeared in the video games Need for Speed II, Sega GT 2002, Sega GT Online, 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 on Top Gear in a 1995 issue tested by Jeremy Clarkson, while the car was still planned to enter production.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Whatever Happened To The Ford GT90?". Autofluence. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  2. ^ Wouter Melissen. "Ford GT90 Concept". UltimateCarPage.
  3. ^ "Driving The Ford GT90 - Motor Trend". Motor Trend. 1995-12-01. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  4. ^ a b D, Nick. "1995 Ford GT90 Concept". Supercars.
  5. ^ George, Patrick (4 October 2013). "The Ford GT90 May Have Been The Greatest Concept Car Ever". Jalopnik.

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