When Ford Performance unveiled the iconic Ford GT successor to the world two years ago, the company rather vaguely revealed that it’s capable of producing some 600 hp or more. Surely those are thrilling figures, back in the day that is, considering that the McLaren 675LT, Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracan all boast horsepower figures closer to the 700-pony mark.
With waiting list extending beyond 2018, Ford has decided to unveil the performance figures for the Ford GT. It’s motivated by a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6, and the magic numbers are 647 hp and 746 Nm, just slightly below the Ferrari’s 661 hp and McLaren’s 666 hp.
While these figures are far from class leading, Ford’s heritage and experience in Le Mans 24 Hours are not to be overlooked, especially after their historic win at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours LM GTE Pro category with this second generation Ford GT.
The good folks at Ford Performance pitched the production model against its two closest rivals around Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada, and the results are indeed surprising. Below are the laptimes:
- Ford GT: 2:09.8
- McLaren 675LT: 2:10.8
- Ferrari 458 Speciale: 2:12.9
Thanks to a dry weight of 1,361 kg and an engine that delivers 90 percent of its peak torque from 3,500 rpm as well as active dynamic systems, the Ford GT is able to lap the 5.05 km track faster than the two track monster. However, the question remains: just how long will it be able to hold its ground?