We’ve been waiting for these numbers to arrive, and now Ford has made them official. The new Ford GT not only has an official top speed of 216 mph, the highest ever for any Ford production vehicle, but has also beaten the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale at the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada. According to Ford, its GT supercar clocked in at 2:09.8, besting the 675LT (2:10.8) and 458 Speciale (2:12.9), thanks in part to the state-of-the-art twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that officially produces a grand total of 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of Ferrari-beating twist.
Remember those naysayers going off about the lack of a supercharged V8 or naturally aspirated V8 when the 2017 GT debuted? Clearly Ford is enjoying the last laugh right now. The Ford GT’s exceptional performance is also made possible by several other things, among them its fully active dynamic system, strong power-to-weight ratio, advanced active suspension system, and active dynamic systems that provide lots of downforce, drag and balance at any speed. “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,” stated Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance.
All told, the Ford GT tips the scales at just 3,000 pounds, smack dab in between the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 488’s dry weights. And, for the record, the Ford GT’s power-to-weight ratio is 4.72 pounds/horsepower. Ford, if we were wearing hats, we’d be tipping them to you. Very well done.