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Ford GT Bests McLaren, Ferrari Models in Lap Times on Canada Track

Ford GT Bests McLaren, Ferrari Models in Lap Times on Canada Track

By Philly Murtha, January 26, 2017
Ford this week reported that its all-new slick GT supercar achieved a top speed of 216 mph and is now the automaker’s fastest car ever. In recent development tests, the GT edged out two fancy race cars—the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale—in lap times by 1-3 seconds when driven by the same driver at Calabogie Motorsports Park in eastern Ontario, Canada. All three cars were prepped with new fluids, fresh tires, and optimal suspension settings.

The fastest Ford production vehicle was powered by a new EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces an SAE-rated 647 horsepower and 550 lb.-ft. of torque, which is the most power of any EcoBoost engine ever produced. Ford Performance Global Director Dave Pericak said that the powertrain was first developed and tested in a Daytona prototype race car that ran in IMSA for two seasons.

Another Ford executive said in a statement that the Ford GT is all about performance. The car’s carbon fiber architecture saves weight to help make a faster car and gives the GT an optimal power-to-weight ratio that, with fluids, is between the two competitive car models from McLaren and Ferrari. Also, active dynamic suspension and aerodynamic systems help the car perform with optimum downforce, drag, and balance at any speed, Ford states.

The 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 (International Motor Sports Association) and WEC (FIA World Endurance Championship) races last season. 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. The fastest Ford car may be available in the spring and will likely be priced in the $400,000 range. Several specially-prepped GTs will run at the Rolex 24 at Daytona race this coming weekend.

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