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Ford GT beats out McLaren and Ferrari in test

Ford GT beats out McLaren and Ferrari in test

Ford announced on Wednesday just how much power the new Ford GT has. A new Ford GT has not been produced since the 2005 and 2006 models.

The new Ford GT will be the “fastest Ford production vehicle on the track ever,” according to a press release from the company on Wednesday.

The car recently beat out the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale at the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada.

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

 

The specs of the car are what makes it so impressive. The new supercar has 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque on tap, a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine, and a top speed of 216 mph, according to Ford.

The car also has a dry weight of just 3,053.84 pounds. This weight and power of the car give it a power-to-weight ratio of 4.72 pounds/horsepower.

The mid-mounted engine features a 9.0:1 compression ratio, which is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

“The Ford GT is all about performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development and chief technical officer. “We achieved considerable weight savings with the carbon fiber architecture. We then reinvested some of that savings into where it counts most – performance, specifically, the active dynamics. The result is an even faster car.”

“We certainly could have gotten more fuel economy,” Nair said, “but we tuned it for horsepower and throttle response.”

“We completely looked at the performance metrics,” Nair continued. “The fuel economy is what it is.”

Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance said they are “very pleased.”

“Our expectation has always been that the EcoBoost V6 would perform exceptionally well in the Ford GT –- both in terms of power as well as aerodynamic efficiency,” Pericak said. “We tested and developed this powertrain through the Daytona Prototype race car that ran in IMSA for two seasons, last season racing with Ford GT. We are extremely pleased with how it performs, both on the track and on the road.”

While the price has not been officially announced, it is speculated that it could come in at around $400,000, according to autoweek.com. The McLaren 675LT comes in at $376,000 and the Ferrari 488 GB comes in at $245,000.

The car is based on the legendary Ford GT40 which was born in the 1960s. As a way to get revenge on Ferrari, Henry Ford built a car that could beat the Ferrari, according to Express.

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