New Ford GT beats arch rivals Ferrari & McLaren on the track

Posted January 28, 2017

This makes the GT engine the most powerful road-going application of EcoBoost technology thus far - although it is not Ford's most powerful production auto ever. Linked to a seven-speed Getrag dual-clutch automatic transmission, the American supercar will top out at 216 miles per hour, certifying it as the fastest production vehicle to ever wear the Blue Oval badge.

Today, we finally got some hard numbers on the long-anticipated Ford GT.

Ford's new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost for the GT is SAE-rated at 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft. of torque. The amusing part although is that the Ford is powered by lower capacity engine in comparison to the Mclaren and Ferrari which are powered by a 3.8 Litre V8 and 4.5 litre V8 engines respectively.

"We achieved a lot of weight savings with the carbon fiber monocoque and aluminum structure", Raj Nair, Executive Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technical Officer at Ford, told Road &Track.
"We achieved considerable weight savings with the carbon-fibre architecture". "But as we did the simulations and some of the testing with the mules, we thought it was worth reinvesting some of that [weight savings] into the active aero and the active suspension. The result is an even faster vehicle".

2017 Ford GT

Behind the 216mph top speed is the car's impressive aerodynamic efficiency, active dynamics and extraordinary power.

If you've been reading and following Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords for any length of time, you know the name Dan Schoneck. Well, Ford took one driver and put him behind the wheel of the new GT, a McLaren 675LT, and a Ferrari 458 Speciale, then told him to give it his all around the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada.

Identical vehicle settings, weather conditions and race driver saw the GT emerge with quickest lap time of 2 minutes 9.8 seconds, despatching of the McLaren (2m 10.8s) and Ferrari (2m 12.9s). Allowing 200 pounds for fluids, this means a Ford GT ready to roll weighs approximately 3250 pounds, more than 200 pounds less than a Corvette Grand Sport. The approximate number of cars produced every year is 250, and some of the models are already being delivered in several countries.

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