Eric Tipan / Ford | January 30, 2017 09:29
2017 Ford GT revealed with most powerful EcoBoost engine to date
As early as now, the long-awaited and much hyped all-new Ford GT is proving that will be able to live up to its billing as a the next-generation supercar.
The automaker recently took the all-new GT to Canada in order to see how fast it laps Calabogie Motorsports Park versus the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale. All vehicles had the same race driver behind the wheel and were infused with new fluids, fresh tires, and optimal suspension settings.
Here is the result:
Ford GT: 2:09.8
McLaren 675LT: 2:10.8
Ferrari 458 Speciale: 2:12.9
Using an SAE-rated high-output 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine, the Ford GT produces 655 PS and can use 90% of its 745 Nm of torque from 3,500 rpm because of its wide powerband. Ford says this is the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever, which then gives them the right to call the Ford GT ‘the fastest production car ever to wear the Blue Oval badge’. Top speed of the new Ford GT is rated at 347 km/h.
Also helping the car deliver all that power to the pavement is its dry weight as the Ford GT only tips the scales at 1,360 kg.
You don’t also need to have Pablo Montoya-level skills to enjoy the vehicle as Ford designed the GT with an active dynamics system so that it can perform with optimum downforce, drag and balance at any speed.
“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 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,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.
“The Ford GT is all about performance. We achieved considerable weight savings with the carbon fiber architecture. We then reinvested some of that savings into where it counts most – performance, specifically, the active dynamics. The result is an even faster car,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development and chief technical officer.