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Concept Car of the Week: Ford GT90

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0700

The second edition of ‘Concept Car of the Week' features what was hailed as "the world's mightiest supercar": the Ford GT90.

The GT90 was unveiled at the 1995 Detroit auto show and acted as the poster boy of the 'New Edge' design philosophy, with its large, flat planes, angles and triangular shapes it was a major change in design direction.

This car, completed in just six months, was something of a successor to the GT40, using some of its design cues such as doors that cut into the roofline, but underneath many components were borrowed from the other cars such as the Jaguar XJ220.

The GT90 was built around a honeycomb-section aluminum monocoque and its rolling chassis was covered in lightweight carbon fiber body panels. Ceramic tiles – like those used on space shuttles – were used on the body panels as the exhaust was claimed to get so hot it would damage standard panels.

Design features can still be seen on later models, with the ‘New Edge' design philosophy inspiring a whole generation of road cars like the Ka, Cougar and Focus.

Year 1995
First shown Detroit 1995
Designer Jack Telnack
Length 4,470 mm 
Width 1,963 mm
Height 1,140 mm 
Wheelbase 2,946 mm
Weight 1,451 kg

By CDN Team