As we find ourselves gaping at the incredible achievements of the wonderfully constructed 2017 Ford GT, we are left with but one question: despite the ~$430,000 base price it is asking for, why on earth does the new supercar from the iconic manufacturer with the blue oval logo not have a V8 engine? Yes, we do adore the terribly fast engine which we now see on the new car. We also appreciate the fantastic speeds of the new car.
Now, we take this opportunity to explain to our users exactly why they need a V8 engine instead of the V6 one they get in this package. Simply put, the V6 has six cylinders in a 'V' formation, while a V8 has 8 cylinders, also put in a 'V' formation.
This is the golden rule in such incidents: the number of cylinders does not determine how fuel efficient the car is or how powerful the engine is.
Fuel efficiency, we must understand, depends on such varied factors like combustion chamber design, the induction system, inlet/exhaust manifold design, how good the exhaust system is, and generally on what the type & design of the fuel system is. the main determining factor is the total displacement (how many cc's or ci) of the engine.
Most importantly, we must also remember that the total displacement (how many cc's etc) of the engine is.
The mass of the vehicle being powered is a major factor effecting the performance of the vehicle too. This is where the 2017 Ford GT's engine comes into place. If the price tag can be so high, why cannot it also have a V8 engine as well? Surely, people who buy such a car can also buy the fuel as well.
The 4.0-litre V8 may also be as efficient or as powerful as a 4.0-litre V6. Though most modern car manufacturers point to the fact that differences in friction losses in modern engines are on the verge of being minimal, they are most certainly not irrelevant. Besides, friction losses will be greater in a V8 than in a V6, if only because the V8engine has more moving parts
Also, remember that the V6 engine will be 3/4 the displacement of a V8 (assuming that the same displacement per cylinder rule works) & hence, is always a bit less powerful & more economical.Thus, we expect that the 2017 Ford GT will have a V8 engine. It does not, however.