Back at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Ford surprised the automotive world with the debut of a brand new Ford GT supercar. Ford promised a return to Le Mans with the car to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary of its 1966 overall win.
That was two years ago and, in all the time since, we never knew just how fast the new production GT would be.
The original GT out-performed Ferrari and immediately made Ford a respectable player in the racing world. Since then, Ford’s performance division has cranked out high-performance Mustangs and briefly returned the GT for the 2005-2006 model years, but then seemingly dropped its supercar aspirations until the 2015 surprise debut.
Last week, just more than two years after the debut, Ford has announced the specs on its newest GT. How does it stack up to Ferrari this time?
The specs begin with 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t mind-blowing anymore but is more than enough for some serious speed.
That power comes from an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Yes, that’s two fewer cylinders than the last GT, but the new model produces 97 more horsepower than the older supercharged V8 model. Top speed is 216 miles per hour, which makes the new Ford GT the fastest car the company has ever made.
How does it compare to Ferrari? Let’s compare Nurburgring lap times, shall we? Believe it or not, Ford managed to engineer the GT to lap the famed track faster than both the McLaren 675LT and the Ferrari 458 Speciale. The GT ran the course in just 2:09.8 minutes. The McLaren managed to do it in 2:10.8 and the Ferrari completed it in a comparatively leisurely 2:12.9. We expect to hear from Ferrari about updated lap times from its newer 488 very soon.
The Ford’s EcoBoost V6 is mated to an all-new 7-speed dual-clutch PowerShift transmission. Ford doesn’t offer a traditional manual.
Incidentally, Ford and its GT won yesterday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, topping Porsche by about 3 seconds in the 652-lap 24-hour race.
Does the success of the new Ford GT make you more likely to purchase a Ford product?