Ford Performance Division and New GT in Detroit

Big things are happening for fans of fast Fords.

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For starters, Ford announced last week that all of its performance divisions – the likes of SVT, Team RS, and Ford Racing – are going to be united under one heading: Ford Performance. Simplicity is this company’s hallmark after all, and it doesn’t get simpler than that.

Ford Performance will be a global entity led by none other than the Mustang’s chief engineer, Dave Pericak. Initial reports make it sound like a development playground for all the things enthusiasts care about most. The list includes aerodynamics, light-weighting, electronics, powertrain tuning, fuel efficiency, and the creation of unique performance vehicles and experiences.

Hey, watch out. You’re salivating.

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Photo: Autoblog

If that wasn’t enough, insider sources have confirmed to Autoblog that a successor to the Ford GT will debut at the North American International Auto Show next month. This is a real thing that is happening. The original Ford GT40 is famous for its victory in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, an upset of terrific proportions.

Now, sources are saying that the new version of this halo car may not actually look much like the original, but there are rumors that Ford will take it back to Le Mans in 2016. We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the GT’s win.

There are no further details on the car, only speculation. Rather than dive into that, we’re content to wait and see, albeit with plenty of fidgeting and looking at our calendars. We’re plenty chuffed, if you can’t tell.

We will be bringing you all the most exciting news from the Detroit show come January, so keep watching this space if you want to be up to speed on the latest announcements. In the meantime, Leith Ford continues to be the best place to find a new Ford vehicle in the Raleigh area.

Ford Performance Division and New GT in Detroit was last modified: January 14th, 2015 by Leith Ford

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