Since the surprise announcement of the all-new Ford GT, this car has had the automotive world in awe. The striking sculpture, that clearly stems from its tandem design phase with the racing car, is unique. Speaking of the racing car, it achieved a dream victory at its debut Le Mans 24 hour last year disappointing the likes of Porsche and Ferrari. Fresh news from Ford suggests that the new supercar for the road could dampen the prancing horse’s spirit further.
A flurry of new information has been published on the 2017 Ford GT including its 638 BHP output. Those ponies are generated by a 3.5 litre twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine that sits midship. A mammoth 746Nm of torque accompanies that power, all of which is sent to the rear wheels. Interestingly that is less power than key rivals such as the Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675LT, however, the GT boasts a top speed of 216 MPH of which is faster.
More intriguing is that the GT sets a notably faster lap time than both of the aforementioned machines. Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada isn’t far from where the blue oval’s new weapon is built. Benchmarking puts it a second per lap faster than the McLaren, and 3 seconds a lap faster than the Ferrari! Ford are confident that similar results could be obtained on other tracks.
As the first cars hit the road, lucky owners certainly have some bragging rights. Whilst the first run of the 2017 Ford GT has been allocated, a second batch will be built.