Big news for Ford fanatics, the new Ford GT spec sheet has been released by Ford Motor Company. The newest supercar built in America will top out at an eye-watering 216 mph! Ford managed to accomplish with in depth research and development, advancement of software and lots of track time.
The Ford engine used in the GT is based on the EcoBoost Ford engine, it is a 6-cylinder engine that produces 647 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 550 lb-ft of torque. Ford is able to produce these numbers using an upgraded turbocharger. This engine propels the car’s lap time at 2 minutes, 9.8 seconds at the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada. This lap time is faster than the McLaren 675LT and the Ferrari 458 Speciale, talk about impressive!
Here is an excerpt from an article in autonews.com quoting Dave Pericak, the global director od Ford Performance:
“Our expectation has always been that the EcoBoost V-6 would perform exceptionally well in the Ford GT – both in terms of power as well as aerodynamic efficiency,” Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance, said in a statement. “We tested and developed this powertrain through the Daytona Prototype race car that ran in IMSA 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.”
The Ford GT’s success is not only based on the next generation engine and transmission, weight, aerodynamics and power-to-weight ratios are a big influence. When dry, the Ford GT weighs only 3,045 pounds. This number puts the pounds per horsepower in the same range as the Ferrari 488 and the Mclaren 675LT.
When it comes to production numbers, Ford is keeping the number at 250 vehicles per year, for a total of 3-years. Ford already has a waiting list of more than 6,000 people and companies wanting to get their hands on the GT. All at a price of $400,000 each. Because of the demand, Ford is stacking the applications by previous Ford GT owners, the Ford loyalist first. This helps to keep the cars on the road and not in private showrooms or put but up for sale at a huge markup. The 3rd year of production will be divided up between the remaining people in line to buy the car. Delivery started in December 2016.