Ford’s GT supercar to be built in Markham, Ont.
February 16, 2015 by Canadian Plastics
Ford Motor Company has tapped a Canadian company to build the GT, an iconic American “supercar”.
Because the car will have a carbon fiber body, Ford is turning to Markham, Ont.-based Multimatic Inc. to make the two-door, mid-engined 600-plus-hp car.
The GT will boast a carbon fibre passenger cell, including integrated driver and passenger seats, and aluminum front and rear subframes, while the body will be made of structural carbon fibre panels.
Ford said the production version of the engine will feature an all-new port/direct dual fuel-injection setup and a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain, and will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle.
Multimatic is a private contract manufacturer that has worked with Ford’s performance division for 30 years. According to its website, Multimatic’s core competencies include the engineering and manufacturing of complex mechanisms, body hardware, suspension systems and body structures, as well as the design and development of lightweight composite automotive systems.
Unveiled as a concept car in 2002, the Ford GT was produced for only the 2005 and 2006 model years. In all, only about 4,000 were made.
Production of the 2016 GT is set to get underway later this year.