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Ford GT Tops Out at 216 mph in Track Testing, Besting McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ford GT Tops Out at 216 mph in Track Testing, Besting McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ford says that its GT supercar has been able to reach a maximum speed of 216 mph in track testing, giving it the distinction of being the fastest production vehicle in the history of the company.

The Dearborn-based automaker conducted development testing in 2016 at the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Ontario, Canada, pitting the Ford GT against the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale.

Using the same driver, identical track conditions and outfitting the three vehicles with fresh tires, optimal suspension settings and new fluids, Ford says that the GT outpaced its rivals in registering the following lap times:

  • Ford GT: 2:09.8
  • McLaren 675LT: 2:10.8
  • Ferrari 458 Speciale: 2:12.9

Equipped with a 647 hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that produces 550 lb.-ft. of torque and featuring a dry weight of just over 3,000 pounds, Ford says that the GT’s power-to-weight ratio comes in at 4.72 pounds/horsepower. Combined with its active dynamics systems, the company claims that the car is able to adjust for optimum downforce, drag and balance at any speed, irrespective of the skill level of the driver.





 

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    BurnOut
    ...interesting to see how much power Ford left on the table (in terms of the tune) in the search for mileage/optimized emissions...


    And RELIABILITY ... for those who don't happen to have a TEAM of world-class mechanics 24/7

    Andrew_L
    BurnOut
    I'd be interested to get some details on the motor... what is different between it and, say, the Raptor motor.

    Per Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/01/25/2017-ford-gt-confirmed-with-647-hp-216-mph-top-speed.html), it looks like the power peak is at 6250 RPM while the torque peak is at 5900 RPM. This, compared to the Raptor's numbers, (450 hp at 5000 RPM and 510 ft/lb at 3500 RPM) leads me to believe that at minimum we're likely looking at different cams, turbos, and injectors. It'll definitely be interesting to see how much power Ford left on the table (in terms of the tune) in the search for mileage/optimized emissions.

    In any event, the new GT sounds like an animal!


    I THINK and I could be wrong but the Raptor motor is the same but tuned differently.
    BurnOut
    I'd be interested to get some details on the motor... what is different between it and, say, the Raptor motor.

    Per Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/01/25/2017-ford-gt-confirmed-with-647-hp-216-mph-top-speed.html), it looks like the power peak is at 6250 RPM while the torque peak is at 5900 RPM. This, compared to the Raptor's numbers, (450 hp at 5000 RPM and 510 ft/lb at 3500 RPM) leads me to believe that at minimum we're likely looking at different cams, turbos, and injectors. It'll definitely be interesting to see how much power Ford left on the table (in terms of the tune) in the search for mileage/optimized emissions.

    In any event, the new GT sounds like an animal!
    Andrew_L
    Finally hard numbers!
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