JAN 21st 2015

Conceptual Art: 2016 Ford GT Spider


Ford’s unveiling of its 2016 GT was arguably the biggest news to come from the Detroit Auto Show. No sooner had it been revealed than photoshop-savvy petrolheads across the planet were rendering what it might look like in the legendary John Wyer (Gulf Oil) or Martini colours.

Less-inevitable, but no-less interesting, is the rendering you see here of a 2016 Ford GT Spider. The blue-oval giant commissioned a Spider version of the previous Ford GT, but despite it being a hit at the SEMA show it was decided against putting it in to production. However, that didn’t stop the show car’s builder from offering the conversion on an aftermarket basis. DK Engineering has had at least two of these cars in stock, including this one …


With a racing programme seemingly on the cards, perhaps Ford’s engineers will be too busy to offer a wind-in-the-hair experience for customers of its new twin-turbo V6 supercar. This would be a shame, because the X1 Roadster (the spider version of the original GT40, below) was destroyed at the behest of customs officials, so to this day the opportunity to create a ‘factory’ Spider still remains. 


I hope Ford makes a Spider version. It looks good, although detractors will point out that a turbo’d V6 is unlikely to entertain aurally in the same way that an atmospheric or supercharged V8 would. Ford, if you see this, I need to know!


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