Finally, I Get to Drive the New Ford GT

New Ford GT Press Launch Karl Brauer First Drive
My first time driving the new Ford GT left quite an impression

After driving 700 miles to Salt Lake city (through rain, snow flurries and hail) in my 2005 Ford GT I checked into my hotel and went to bed. The next day I hit the car wash before meeting Doug DeMuro and shooting a video of my car. This was part of a 2005 Ford GT versus 2017 Ford GT comparison Doug was creating for his YouTube channel. After spending a few hours shooting with Doug we traveled to the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah for the new Ford GT’s press launch opening dinner. A few feet from our table an original GT40 was parked next to a new Ford GT, setting the stage for a celebration of Ford’s multi-generational supercar.

New Ford GT Competition GT40
An original Ford GT40 sat next to a new Ford GT Competition Series during dinner

The next day I was up early, driving my Ford GT from Salt Lake City back to Utah Motorsports Park. After a short discussion, consisting mostly of Ford’s representatives telling journalists not to crash the highly-advanced Ford, I was handed a set of keys to a Frozen White GT riding on carbon fiber wheels. Getting into that car, starting the engine and driving it to Turn 1 of the race course for shooting with Doug was surreal. I had been thinking about the car almost daily since it debuted in January of 2015. Now I was among the first non-Ford employees to drive one.

New Ford GT Press Launch Frozen White Front
A Frozen White Ford GT looked dramatic against the snow-capped Utah mountains

Even before starting the car it was clear the new Ford GT is a focused performance machine designed for track duty. The tight interior quarters. The sweeping body panels. The purposeful control placement. Hitting the engine start button further validated that impression, with the 3.5-liter V6’s exhaust note an undiluted burble at idle, ramping to a baritone shout as the engine revved up. By the time I got to Turn 1, maybe 200 yards from the pit area, I could already tell it was a very special machine.

New Ford GT Press Launch Doug DeMuro
I was happy to fawn over the new Ford GT as Doug DeMuro shot video of the car

Over the next 2 hours, as Doug shot the new Ford GT’s details and stand up commentary, I circled the car while shooting still images and taking in its complex body form. I’d never seen any vehicle like the new Ford GT. Its form screams performance, with aggressive aerodynamics clearly meant to both slice and leverage air as it travels at 200-plus mph. The thought of owning one was never dull, but hearing, feeling and driving the new Ford GT made the concept more real and thrilling than I expected.

 

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