The Ford GT is back! The second coming of the Dearborn blue-collar supercar has just been unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, 13 years after the first GT debuted in concept form at the same show.

And how’s this for a statement – production will begin late next year, just in time to celebrate 50 years of Ford’s first Le Mans win. The GT40 claimed a 1-2-3 finish in 1966, sending a powerful message to Enzo Ferrari after the latter walked out of talks to sell his namesake company at the last minute.

Unlike the retro-inspired original, the new car looks exceedingly modern and is designed to be as aerodynamically-efficient as possible. A characteristically low nose is jazzed up by futuristic dual-tier headlights and a set of aggressive lower air intakes and splitters.

All-New Ford GT

Moving back, the fuselage-shaped body and canopy tapers towards the rear, terminating at a pair of centrally-mounted exhaust exits. Over this, a pair of flying buttresses spread outwards to join the massive rear haunches and encapsulate the large rear air intakes. An active rear spoiler adjusts its height and pitch depending on the driving conditions.

Despite being so forward-looking, the new GT owes a fair bit of its styling to its earlier forebears. Cues such as the twin “nostrils” at the front, the low, flat surfacing, the iconic glasshouse shape and the pair of large round tail lights are all reminiscent of both the first GT and the earlier GT40 racers.

After the madness of the exterior, stepping under the upwards-swinging doors reveals a refreshingly minimalist cabin, with a simple horizontal dashboard and relatively few buttons. Instead, most of the controls appear to have moved to the F1-style steering wheel and the SYNC 3 infotainment system. The seats are fixed directly to the monocoque for less weight – it’s the pedals and steering column are adjustable here.

All-New Ford GT

This being a large American performance car, you’d expect to find a V8 of some kind in the engine bay. Not here – mounted amidships is a twin-turbocharged 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 delivering over 600 hp, making this the most powerful EcoBoost motor ever produced. Sending power to the rear wheels is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A supercar with a mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 – did someone say Jaguar XJ220?

The engine may be unorthodox, but the stuff it’s anchored to is straight-up exotic. The passenger cell and body panels are made from carbon fibre, mated to aluminium front and rear subframes – Ford claims one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car. There’s also a racing-style active torsion beam and pushrod suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres over 20-inch wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes.

With those looks, that much power and the exotic new bones, we can’t wait to see what Ford’s new powerhouse can really do. It’s the Sixties, all over again!