2017 Ford GT Supercar Clocked at 216 MPH On 647 HP Beating McLaren and Ferrari [Video]By Dan Camins, UniversityHerald Reporter
Gunning a top speed of 216 mph, the 2017 Ford GT bagged the title as the fastest production vehicle Ford has ever made.
2017 Ford GT specs
So how this monster car did achieved such speed? The heart of the 2017 Ford GT is a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine that is able to crank up 647 horsepower, mounted in the middle behind the seats to give the vehicle an ideal weight distribution balance. It, however, does not have any electric assist hybrid systems seen in other sports supercars.
The 2017 Ford GT is made up of a mixture of aluminum for the front and rear subframes, and carbon fiber comprising the bulk of the car, as well as the body panels, c|net Roadshow reported. To say the least, the construction and styling of the supercar are visually stunning.
AutoWeek reported that the 2017 Ford GT has an overall dry weight of 3,045 pounds, a hundred or two more is added once liquids are added to the car (oil, fuel). Its power is a whopping 4.72 pounds per horse that pit it to two of its primary competitors the McLaren 675LT and the Ferrari 488.
2017 Ford GT performance
During testing, the 2017 Ford GT was found to be quicker in a race against the clock than the McLaren 675LT and the Ferrari 458. The testing was conducted on a 3.1-mile track at Canada's Calabogie Motorsports Park. The 2017 Ford GT clocked in at 2:09.8, the McLaren clocked in at 2:10.8, and the Ferrari finishing last at 2:21.9.
Raj Nair, Ford's executive vice president of global product development and chief technical officer, said the 2017 Ford GT is all about performance. The car's architecture in employing carbon fiber achieved for the vehicle considerable weight saving and channeled the weight to where it counts the most, performance. This design element resulted in a very fast car.
The 2017 Ford GT production is handled by Canada's Multimatic in Markham, Ontario, and is being built at only 250 units a year. Reportedly, the first examples of the vehicle have already been delivered.
For such a thing of beauty, Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak said it would have a starting base price of around $400,000.