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Ferrari and McLaren no match for Ford’s new GT

Wednesday 25 January 2017, By Autovolo

Ferrari and McLaren no match for Ford’s new GT

Ferrari and McLaren no match for Ford’s new GT

The latest Ford GT supercar has trumped a McLaren 675LT and a Ferrari 458 Speciale on track after the Blue Oval pitted them against one another.

Able to hit a top speed of 216mph, the GT is the fastest production car Ford has ever built. Engineers focussed on superior track performance when designing the the supercar, in a bid to honour its racing heritage.

The GT took on the McLaren and the Ferrari at the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada, where it posted a lap time of 2:09.8. The McLaren and the Ferrari, on the other hand, could only manage respective times of 2:10.9 and 2:12.9.

To ensure fairness, all the supercars competed under the same conditions. They were given new fluids, fresh tyres, had their suspension tuned to its optimal setting and were piloted by the same driver.

Raj Nair, executive vice-president of Ford, said: “The Ford GT is all about performance. We achieved considerable weight savings with the carbon-fibre architecture.

“We then reinvested some of those savings into where it counts most – performance, specifically the active dynamics. The result is an even faster car.”

The 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine used in the GT is the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever, producing 638bhp and 746Nm of torque in US-specification.

Ford Performance global director Dave Pericak said: “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.

“We tested and developed this powertrain through the Daytona Prototype race car that ran in IMSA [International Motor Sports Association] for two seasons, last season racing with Ford GT. We are extremely pleased with how it performs, both on the track and on the road.”