The Ford GT90 wis a concept caur manufactured bi the Ford Motor Company. It wis unveiled in Januar 1995 at the Detroit Auto Show as "the warld's mightiest supercaur". Claimed performance includit a top speed 235 mph (378 km/h) frae a 720 hp (537 kW;730 PS) quad-turbochairged V12 ingine DOHC, the exhaust o which wis claimed tae be hot enough tae damage the body panels, requirin ceramic tiles similar tae those on the space shuttle tae prevent this.
The mid-ingined caur wis a spiritual successor tae the Ford GT40, takin frae it some stylin cues, such as doors that cut intae the roofline, but little else. Aw angles an glass, the Ford GT90 wis the first Ford tae display the company's "New Edge" design philosophy. The GT90 wis built aroond a honeycomb-section aluminum monocoque an its body panels were moulded frae carbon fiber.
The GT90 wis built bi a smaw team in juist ower sax months an, as a result, borrowed mony components frae anither hie profile stablemate—the Jaguar XJ220. The aw-roond double wishbone suspension an the five-speed manual gearbox came frae the Jaguar, while the ingine wis a siamesed 4.6L DOHC V8 block (frae the Lincoln Mark VIII) wi 2 cylinders cut aff.
The GT90's 48-valve V12 wis a sax-litre ingine which, if Ford haed iver produced it in volume, might hae produced up tae 720 hp (537 kW), thanks tae fower Garrett AiResearch T2 turbochairgers. The ingine wis based on the Ford Modular ingine. Twa Lincoln V8 ingines each haed portions removed, namely the last pair o cylinders frae the rear o ane ingine an the first pair o cylinders frae the front o the ither ingine an the cut doun ingines wur weldit thegither. In total, this yieldit a 90-degree V12, wi 90.2 mm bore an 77.3 mm stroke.
Jacques Nasser, then a Ford executive an eventually CEO, wis vera proud o the caur, an kept a model o it on his desk, as seen in a documentary on the U.K. television netwirk Channel 4 on the Firestone tire incidents.
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- John McCormick "No White Elephant" AUTOCAR, 9 August 1995.
- Top Gear - Series 3 Episode 1 aired 26 October 2003
- Ford GT90 Official U.S. Press Release - 4 December 1994