Ford has, in its intellectual property arsenal, one of the most iconic car shape in racing history to help make the new 2016 Ford GT a roaring success.
From the outside, the 600hp, V6-powered supercar is as throbbingly muscular as you’d hope, and there’s certainly been no modern-day emasculation of its bulbous shape. We imagine the Ford design team was force-fed MaxiMuscle powders and made to watch every single Rambo and Rocky flick while being made to eat raw steak, filled with nails and copies of a magazine about hunting animals.
But take a look at Ford’s interior shots for the new GT and what do we have? It’s all a bit of a mess, sadly.
Take a look at the photo above, which compares the interior of the 2005 Ford GT (on the right) with its 2016 re-remake (on the left).
Flat-bottomed steering whale
Gone are the tactile touches, which trod just on the right side of historical homage. You can almost imagine flicking the 2005 car’s tactile toggle switches while hammering down Le Mans’ Mulsanne Straight on the right side of 200mph, gripping the round wheel in one hand as you do so.
Try it in the new one and it looks like you’ll hit one of a dozen Fiesta-style buttons, change between three radio stations before wondering why the hell Ford didn’t just give you proper indicator stalks. And don’t get us started on the plasticky-looking buttons on the transmission tunnel.
Seriously, imagine trying to use that steering wheel as you drive your newly-made Ford GT in the dark for the first time – you’ll be pressing more wrong buttons than Hannibal Lecter at a Vegan conference.
Cast your eyes towards the middle of the dash and you’ll realise Ford’s placed the heater controls exactly where you don’t want them – about half a meter out of arm’s reach. Perfect if you share a psychic connection with your passenger, but probably a bit annoying otherwise.
The biggest crime here, however, is how little regard Ford seems to have given for your buttocks. Gone are the perfectly judged, nine-holed sports seats of 2005’s car, and in are two anonymous pews that could’ve been nicked from a Skoda Octavia vRS. Don’t get us wrong, they’re brilliant in a Skoda – but when you spend a six-figure sum on a low-slung supercar, Ford suddenly seems a bit stingy.
Obviously, Ford needs to move the game on and would be equally criticised if it released the same car as it did 10 years ago – but it does seem slightly as if all the design time went on the outside, not the inside. Regardless, we’re sure that once strapped in to this 600hp steroid injection, you probably won’t care. At least there’s something nice to look at on the outside.