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.