Turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine also outputs 550lb ft of torque; GT is officially the fastest production Ford produced yet

The Ford GT produces 647bhp and 550lb ft of torque, enabling it to reach a top speed of 216mph.

The turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 supercar, which is the fastest car produced by Ford yet, outputs 90% of its peak torque from 3500 rpm.

The car weighs 1385kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 467bhp/ton, which is 12bhp/ton more than a Ferrari 488 GTB.

Ford claims its new supercar is quicker around Canada’s Calabogie Motorsports Park race track than the 510bhp/ton McLaren 675LT and 435bhp/ton Ferrari 458 Speciale (a discontinued model). It quotes a 2min 9.8sec laptime for the GT, which is faster than the times it recorded for the McLaren and Ferrari by 1sec and 3.1sec, respectively.

Ford attributes much of this pace to the car’s active aerodynamic and suspension systems.

“The Ford GT is all about performance,” said product development boss Raj Nair. “We achieved considerable weight savings with the carbonfibre 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.”

First Ford GT rolls off production line

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25 January 2017
all sound quite sensible by the ridiculous standards of today.

25 January 2017
Wow! That's a definite shot across the bow of the usual Italian and Germanic sportscars worshippers we loosely call motoring journalists.

Ford has once again shown just how a car manufacturer could be innovative and practical at the same time.

There were many doubters who disputed that a 6 cylinder engine could perform at such high velocity, this car was shown and brought to market without any major visual changes from the concept shown while we have Honda attempting something similar which took over 4 years and many iterations and mechanical and engineering changes, the end result is an overblown heavy contraption that did not achieve the haloed 200+ in this field despite having 4 engines.. but the motoring press could not gather themselves together fast enough to render praises onto a car launched outdated, as it took so long....

Let's wait for the usual suspects bought and owned by the big manufacturers to chime in with their criticism- I kid you not...

25 January 2017
I get the LT is a limited edition car but the 488 a series production car, 20bhp more power to weight 3.1 seconds faster than the Ferrari for 3 or 4 times the price I'm disappointed in Ford

It's too much I think for not enough performance, I'm sure if you put the Ferrari on semi slick trofeos you might not be as quick but you'd be closer than 3.1 seconds, I get maybe you are buying the style and history but it's not my preferred option for the money it costs

Phewitt21

25 January 2017
Phewitt21 wrote:

I get the LT is a limited edition car...

People like factczech don't understand this. The LT, even if ltd edition, is based on a series production car, that limits what can be done compared to having a small/batch production run like the Ford. The Ferrari and McLaren limited editions also have to make money, the Ford GT doesn't, it's a halo/marketing exercise.

26 January 2017
k12479 wrote:
Phewitt21 wrote:

I get the LT is a limited edition car...

People like factczech don't understand this. The LT, even if ltd edition, is based on a series production car, that limits what can be done compared to having a small/batch production run like the Ford. The Ferrari and McLaren limited editions also have to make money, the Ford GT doesn't, it's a halo/marketing exercise.

It's quite evident here you and others are only interested in the so-called elite badges- my point was a simple one, and that is, for a company that has been malign and taken for granted my your ilk and the motoring press at large, Ford has over-achieved with this car. It had the entire motoring fraternity talking for months, and the numbers are staggering for the engine it packs, no one would've guessed these figures even with the carbon tub.

Comparing it to the supercar production rivals in regards to the cost is a bit pedantic! I am willing to wager, someone who was lucky enough to get one would in 10-20 years make more money selling it than someone who owns any of the cars in this field.

The cost reflects the demand, in mere marketing terms, it is supply and demand that dictates pricing and boy did the car loving public LOVE this car!
I find that the most critical of this car are those who are out, of its price range and who most certainly do not own a McLaren nor Ferrari-in other words the sit at home pretend millionaires- go drive you golfs with stick on decals!

26 January 2017
Factczech wrote:

...my point was a simple one

No, your point is all muddled. For a start, you claim this is 'practical', look at the door recesses, how is this as practical or even more so than the competition? You also fail to appreciate amongst other things that a) the NSX has a very different remit than all out performance. b) the US market is pretty patriotic, combine that with the Ford being the only relevant US mid-engine sports car and small production run and of course its more likely to have investment potential.

26 January 2017
Phewitt21 wrote:

I get the LT is a limited edition car but the 488 a series production car, 20bhp more power to weight 3.1 seconds faster than the Ferrari for 3 or 4 times the price I'm disappointed in Ford

It's too much I think for not enough performance, I'm sure if you put the Ferrari on semi slick trofeos you might not be as quick but you'd be closer than 3.1 seconds, I get maybe you are buying the style and history but it's not my preferred option for the money it costs

And good for you- maybe one day in a million years you might be able to afford your preferred option- in the mean time the lucky owners who had a different opinion and "the money" bought one.
Why can't we just accept the fact this Ford nailed it with this car? No one gave it a chance at Le Mans... it blew away the competition and now it is racking up wins in the IMSA and WEC.

The other cars in this league were not sold out immediately despite being 100s of 1000s of pounds cheaper, namely the 670LT and Ferrari and NSX- the argument in this favour is shallow as the price is high but so is the demand! Live with it and keep dreaming... I am.

25 January 2017
In the 1980s using 140 mph was a problem, as i once found on the A23, so i wonder what idiot needs a 216 max mph?

RogerHudson

RPF

26 January 2017
Why not a V8?

Seems a little unfaithful to the past.

Looks awesome, though.

26 January 2017
My mate had an XR3i in the '80s with a k&n filter and straight through exhaust. He swore it had at least 650bhp and it made Renault 5 turbos look rubbish off the lights. Bit of a backward step ford. Try harder. If a 17 year old with some gaffer tape can get 650 BHP out of a 1.6, we'll you're just lagging.

I can send you his details if you would like to learn the magic of max power, I'm sure even in his 50s he can put your engineers straight with an old coke can, 1/2 litre of redex and some exhaust gum.

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