Ford Wins Big at the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is always exciting for car lovers. The world’s best and brightest auto manufacturers come together under one roof to showcase their new upgrades and products. Ford didn’t come to play this year, choosing to debut two new models, the all-electric Mustang Mach-E and the jaw-dropping GT Liquid Carbon.
The first thing that comes to mind when someone says Mustang might not be “electric vehicle”, but Ford is actively working to change that with the line’s newest release. The all-electric Mach-E signals the first expansion in the Mustang lineup in 55 years, setting the bar incredibly high for the new model’s expected performance. The fact that Ford felt comfortable to brand the new release a Mustang is a testament to the manufacturer’s expectations for the product.
“We didn’t take the decision to make it a Mustang lightly,” said Dave Pericak, director of icons for the automaker. “It will have all the performance, but it will have a soul. It’s just a ton of fun.”
The standard model will produce up to 322 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. The GT model nets 459 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. All models offer a target range of 250 to 300 miles, with the GT version doing 0-60 mph in just over 3 seconds.
Although the EV makeup of the vehicle is the big selling point, the Ford team refused to cut corners on its appearance. Nothing was overlooked, including the available panoramic fixed-glass roof. A special UV protection coating on the glass helps the interior stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, boosting the roof’s solar transmission capabilities to outperform all Tesla models.
Without the massive internal combustion engine, the multi-speed, multi-clutch transmission, exhaust system, fuel tank and fuel pumps hidden within the body, EVs can feel much more spacious than their gas-powered counterparts. All the extra space allowed Ford to get creative and integrate a “frunk” (front truck) under the hood of the Mach-E. The frunk is perfect for storing groceries, stashing supplies, or holding 1000s of hot wings at a tailgate party (as proven by Ford’s Superbowl-themed marketing campaign). What are your thoughts on Mustang’s newest release?
GT Liquid Carbon
Ford debuted the GT Liquid Carbon (and GT Gulf Racing Heritage Edition) on the Auto Show’s media day and immediately met rave reviews. Although the GT has been on the market for a few years, it was due for a mid-cycle facelift.
The most noteworthy change is the missing paint job on the outer body. A special clear coat protects the carbon fibre weave while showcasing the beauty of this engineering marvel. Because the body is hand-built to ensure the weave lines up properly, a single GT Liquid Carbon takes 3 times longer to build than the standard GT. This attention to detail means the dedicated Liquid Carbon body team will build approximately one vehicle per month, compared to the single day it takes to produce a standard GT.
The new GT Liquid Carbon gets 660 horsepower from its 3.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo v6, an increase of 13 hp over the previous model. New buttress air ducts provide up to 50 per cent more airflow into the cabin while higher-energy ignition coils work to get you where you want to go, faster. Even the exhaust got an upgrade. The existing tailpipe got replaced by an Akrapovič titanium exhaust, deepening the aural tone and shaving nine pounds off the vehicle’s weight. Gallery-cooled pistons, revised engine calibration and increased engine cooling- the GT Liquid Carbon has it all.
If you’re interested in the Chicago Auto Show, check out the event’s Facebook page to learn more. And if you want a GT Liquid Carbon better act fast, Ford has doubled-down on its promise to cease GT production in 2022.