Welcome to the Hooniverse Information! As all the time, this can be a weekly recap of the most important tales within the automotive trade with out the fluff or bull. This week: Ford unveils final observe solely GT as its remaining model, Corvette E-Ray leaks early, Acura confirms a brand new Integra Sort S for subsequent summer season, plus your information for the week.
Ford GT Mk IV
I can nonetheless keep in mind the place I used to be when the brand new Ford GT debuted on the 2015 North American Worldwide Auto Present in Detroit. The GT has all the time been my favourite automotive, so attending to see a brand new era with a Le Mans program in my lifetime was a dream come true. I’ve had the possibility to write down about every new iteration that’s come out and I received to see it run its first and final laps in competitors. This time round, it’ll (in all probability) be the final time I cowl it. That’s as a result of Ford Efficiency and Multimatic are calling the 2023 Ford GT Mk IV the ultimate model – and naturally, probably the most excessive.
It’s a track-only mannequin which pays homage to the GT-40 Mk IV which famously received Le Mans in 1967 with an all-American effort. The most important distinction with the Mk IV was its elongated bodywork that made for a extra aerodynamically environment friendly race automotive and an ideal match for Le Mans. The identical rings true for this new GT Mk IV because it encompasses a lengthened wheelbase, prolonged carbon fiber “lengthy tail” bodywork, and radical new aero parts throughout. It even has turbofan wheels.
There are not any collection guidelines or BOP changes to fret about right here – each ounce of efficiency that could possibly be extracted from the Ford GT has been unleashed with out limits. It’s pushing 800+ horsepower from a “distinctive” twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine, although they didn’t specify what precisely made it distinctive in comparison with different variants in addition to having a bigger displacement. That’s linked to a racing transmission and the entire automotive rides on Multimatic’s Adaptive Spool Valve suspension. Simply 67 of those can be constructed with every beginning at $1.7 million. Which for a hand-built track-only supercar with this type of pedigree virtually sounds… like a discount?
“The unique GT Mk IV held nothing again for max observe efficiency, and the brand new Ford GT Mk IV brings it in the identical manner,” mentioned Mark Rushbrook, international director, Ford Efficiency Motorsports. “With an excellent higher-level of motorsport engineering and efficiency, plus a very new carbon fiber physique that’s practical and hanging, the Mk IV is the final word sendoff of the third-generation supercar.”
An final sendoff it’s. For a automotive that was destined for the race observe from the very starting, there’s no higher technique to finish its run with a model that’s finest outfitted for that mission. Farewell, GT.
2024 Corvette E-Ray leaks
Electrification was inevitable for the C8 Corvette and was in actual fact confirmed earlier this yr. Nevertheless it getting leaked was not a part of the plan, but that’s precisely what occurred final night time. Corvette Blogger discovered the Corvette E-Ray on the configurator device for the Corvette proper there on Chevy’s web site. It being on a configurator doesn’t imply we all know all the small print, however we will see fairly a little bit of it manner earlier than we have been purported to. “Seems to be like the vacations got here early for a couple of astute Corvette followers”, mentioned a Chevy spokesperson responding to Corvette Blogger.
The E-Ray title has been thrown round for some time. We weren’t certain if it could be for the all-electric mannequin or a hybrid mannequin, however that apparently is confirmed now by the existence of tailpipes. So a 6.2-liter V8 powering the rear wheels and no less than one electrical motor powering the entrance axle is the main concept now. That might make this the primary manufacturing AWD Corvette in historical past. Given the truth that they discovered this nicely earlier than anybody was purported to see it, who is aware of if these renderings are consultant of the ultimate product in any manner. But when they’re, we will see a novel entrance bumper design and a few Z06 widebody design parts painted in physique colour.
There’s solely a lot we will gleam from display screen pictures of a configurator web page, however no less than we all know what it’ll appear to be and that it’s actually coming quickly. I’d say early subsequent yr as auto present season picks up once more. For extra display screen pictures and evaluation, try Corvette Blogger’s protection right here.
2024 Acura Integra Sort S confirmed
Acura has confronted an uphill battle in getting the automotive fanatic group to get excited over the brand new Integra. They’re hoping a Sort S efficiency variant will assist repair that and it’s coming subsequent summer season. The one paragraph press launch has simply sufficient particulars to comprehend it’ll be a superb time and loads of improvement pictures to go together with it.
It’ll borrow the rowdy, high-revving 2.0-liter VTEC (yo) turbocharged four-cylinder engine with over 300 horsepower from the Honda Civic Sort R in addition to its six-speed handbook transmission and limited-slip differential. They usually made a degree to say the handbook would be the solely transmission out there for it. And though it’s been photographed coated in camouflage, it’s straightforward to inform it is going to be a extra grown up Civic Sort-R. However Acura guarantees it’ll retain most if not all the similar efficiency and driver engagement. The photographs present a extra aggressive nostril and decrease entrance fascia, aspect sills, and rear bodywork full with tri-tip exhaust.
I feel it’s protected to say that that is what all of us had in thoughts when Acura first introduced a brand new Integra was coming final yr. Extra particulars will arrive nearer to its launch subsequent summer season.
What’s your information for the week?
In order that’s all I’ve received for you this week, so now it’s your flip. In case you noticed something, mounted one thing, broke all the things, or in any other case did something even remotely automotive associated that you just need to share together with your fellow hoon, pontificate within the feedback.
Have a superb weekend.