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Ford shows hot trio including GT supercar successor

Ford shows hot trio including GT supercar successor

The Ford GT made a triumphant return today with the unveiling of a sleek and edgy supercar the automaker plans to build next year. The GT was developed over the past year by a small team, in a small room in the basement of the Product Development Center in Dearborn, said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. The hidden entrance was only accessible by a few people.635566575272545714-All-NewFordGT-01-HR

Ford will make a limited number of GTs for sale in the second half of 2016. It will be a global car but the first sales will be in the U.S., said Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Ford kept the car largely secret until about a month ago when news began to leaks and spread on the internet.

The GT was among a trio of performance vehicles Ford showed. As expected, Ford revealed the next-generation 2017 F-150 Raptor high-performance, off-road pickup. The third was the Shelby GT350R Mustang: a stripped down, track-ready and street legal version of the GT350 shown in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The three are among the more than 12 new Ford performance vehicles coming by 2020 as the automaker has reorganized its regional performance divisions into a single global unit. Ford wants to take advantage of a 70% increase in performance vehicle sales in the U.S. and a 14% increase in Europe. The GT marks the return of the rear-drive mid-engine super car which was last sold in the 2006 model year. It returns for 2016, the 50th anniversary of the first of the GT40′s four consecutive wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.