2017 Ford GT is smoking fast…
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 25, 2017 – Ford has every right to brag. The new 2017 Ford GT bested both the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Serie Speciale at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada.
The all-new Ford GT coupled its extraordinary power with impressive aerodynamic efficiency and advanced active dynamics to achieve a maximum speed of 216 mph – making it the fastest Ford production vehicle on the track ever.
As even as Ford could possibly make the contest, the Ferrari 458 Serie Speciale and a McLaren 675LT, took to the track with the 2017 Ford GT. All on fresh tires, new fluids and the fastest suspension settings, in identical conditions with the identical driver, Ford won.
Here’s the numbers:
Ford GT: 2:09.8
McLaren 675LT: 2:10.8
Ferrari 458 Speciale: 2:12.9
The 647 HP, 550 LB torque 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost® engine produces the most power of any production motor to date.
“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.”
The production Ford GT shares a great deal with the high-performance track version, with advanced aero and suspension features added that take it to another level, creating a faster setup regardless of driver skill level.
“We tested and developed this powertrain through the Daytona Prototype race car that ran in IMSA for two seasons, last season racing with the Ford GT. We are extremely pleased with how it performs, both on the track and on the road.”
The active dynamics systems – for both suspension and aerodynamics – are designed to make the car perform with optimum downforce, drag and balance regardless of speed.
Ford GT, with no excuses to give, has proven itself time and again, racing to class wins at Le Mans and numerous other tracks in both IMSA and WEC last season.
Undoubtedly not the last we will here of this as everyone is now gunning for Ford.