Twin-turbo horsepower helps the supercar top McLaren 675LT and Ferrari Speciale at Calabogie
The Ferrari 458 Speciale’s lap time was 2 minutes, 12.9 seconds. An earlier version of this story had an incorrect figure.
The full spec sheet for the Ford GT is out, and the newest American supercar will be the fastest vehicle to wear a Ford badge.
Ford said the GT will have a top speed of 216 mph thanks to a turbocharged V-6 that generates 647 hp at 6,250 rpm and 550 lb-ft of torque at 5,900 rpm.
The company also noted the GT laid down a 2 minute, 9.8 second time at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada. For comparison, the McLaren 675LT did it in 2 minutes, 10.8 seconds, and the Ferrari 458 Speciale only managed a 2:12.9.
The 2005-06 Ford GT previously held the automaker’s top speed record at 205 mph, a Ford spokesman confirmed.
“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 dry weight is 3,045 pounds; fluids would add a hundred or two more, but power-to-weight comes out to 4.72 pounds per horse. That lands the GT in between what Ford says are its two primary competitors, the 675LT and the Ferrari 488.
The GT is priced in the mid-$400,000s. Ford began GT production and delivery in December.
Ford is limiting output to 250 a year — it received more than 6,000 applications for the first 500. It announced earlier this year it will extend production an additional two years, through the 2020 model year.
The application process favored current GT owners and Ford loyalists to ensure the new cars will be driven on the road and not stored or flipped for a profit. The third year of production will be set aside for applicants who were placed on the waitlist for the first batch of cars. The application process for fourth-year cars will open in early 2018, Ford said previously.