How the Ford GT Was Aerodynamically Designed
Ford GTis a supercarinspired by the GT40that famously beat Ferrari at Le Mans.
- It's the best car Ford has ever built.
- The design team incorporated clever features into the design that allows the Ford GT control and route air to maximize performance.
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Narrator: This is the second-generation Ford GT, the most powerful car the company has ever built. It's also one of the best aerodynamically designed
Todd Willing: Hi, my name is Todd Willing. I'm global design director for trucks and SUVs at Ford Motor Company, and today, we're gonna break down the design of a project that I was part of, the Ford GT.
Narrator: We asked Todd about the
Todd: There's a fantastic concept, what's called a keel concept, where the air splits and divides away in the floor and goes around the front wheels and exits out in the side, and you can see the scalloping in the side of the car there to allow that air to come out.
Narrator: The keel concept, popularly used on Formula 1 cars, not only generates downforce in the front, but it sends this feed of air on a journey around the car to further improve the GT's performance.
Todd: Notice the little side-splitter area that's intended to stop air from flying back underneath and controlling it in that regard. But also above that airflow out from the front wheel, there's an additional bit of sculpture, which holds the air, contains the air in that lower area, and then feeds back into another duct just in front of the rear wheel, which in turn allows another feed of air over the rear diffuser area, which is very important to the overall aerodynamic performance of the car.
Narrator: The diffuser is a tray attached to the back of the car that creates a gradually larger opening. The design of the diffuser speeds up the airflow as it exits the rear of the car. This creates negative pressure, or a vacuum, that sucks the car to the road through hard corners, tight turns, and high speeds on straightaways. All of these aerodynamic concepts and devices are integral to the design of the Ford GT. The design team was able to use these concepts and components in a way that is reminiscent of the original GT40, but more importantly, they were able to bring the GT into the modern world while making it more powerful than ever. Hi, I'm Aj, one of the producers of all things cars at Insider. If you enjoyed that video, hit subscribe for more just like it, and let us know what kind of car content you wanna see in the comments below.
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