European car makers should be worried as Ford have finally released the performance results of their fastest production model, the new Ford GT. (Main image credit NetCarShow)
Top Gear posted the official numbers recorded from the GT’s test run, which tallied a top speed of 216 mph. Its 3.5 litre twin turbo V6 engine produced a staggering 638 bhp at 6,250 rpm with the lower register of 550 lb ft at 5,900 rpm.
When compared to the mighty Ferrari 488GTB which has 661 bhp and 560 lb ft, the GT’s numbers still come up short, but the weight difference means that as the speed rises, the GT can get even faster. Thus, the 1,385 kg GT tops out at 216 mph, while the 1,370 kg Ferrari peaks at 205 mph. Ford is steadfast that the new GT will have “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car,” and it appears that they’ve actually done it.
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Now the aforementioned disparity between the top speeds might not sound a lot for regular drivers, but on the racetrack, it makes all the difference. But Ford don’t plan to stop there. The American car manufacturers also intend to make forays into racing.
If the rumours are true regarding Ford’s racing aspirations, this wouldn’t be the first time they’ve branched out into racing. NY Daily News shared some history on the GT, and talked about its 1960s model, the GT40, which went on to become a legend in the racing world after its epic 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans in 1966. Will history repeat itself? Only time will tell.
In terms of the new GT, Ford claims that it will also blow another one of its key rivals, the McLaren 675LT, out of the water. Unsurprisingly, McLaren have taken this as a challenge and they plan to unveil a new successor to its supercar line up this March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, according to Stuff Motoring.
Time and again, car manufacturers and enthusiasts have gone gaga over speed and performance. The continuous evolution of supercars and undying support for racing competitions prove just how much petrol heads want to extend the limits of speed and performance. Take for instance the creation of the Nitrous Oxide System (NOS), now enabling drivers to go faster than ever before.
This is even more evident in the virtual world, as people aren’t bound by speed limits, especially in video games. Everything from hardcore racing games to casual mobile themed titles, man’s quest for more speed never ends. iDigital Times highlighted how a properly tuned and timed release of the Nitro system can be crucial to win in Need for Speed’s Drag Race option. Gaming operators Slingo applied the same principle, albeit with different approach, in the drag race themed Drive: Multiplier Mayhem slot game with its Nitro Collect Meter allowing players to progress through the game quicker. Either way, both exhibit the same format – to achieve more speed in order to win.
While they may not be a videogame on the Ford GT yet, it certainly holds the flag right now in the real world – that is until the next supercar with game-changing specs is released. If you’re a speed junkie and have the resources to purchase a Ford GT you may have to wait a little while as all of the pre-orders have already been snapped up due to immense hype that has surrounded this new supercar.
For the 2017 GT’s full specs, check out Ford’s official website for more details.