Ford has revealed more details of its new supercar – the second generation Ford GT, which started production just few weeks ago.
Firstly, the power and torque figures of the 3.5 litre V6 EcoBoost engine stands at 647 hp and 746 Nm respectively. Ford says, these are the highest figures ever achieved out of an EcoBoost production engine, making Ford GT the fastest production car ever to wear the Blue Oval badge. The engine’s wide powerband produces 90 percent of its peak torque from 3,500 rpm.
“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,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “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.” he added.
Ford GT’s dry weight just tops 3,000 pounds, which places the supercar between its two primary competitors, the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458. Ford GT’s power-to-weight ratio is 4.72 pounds/horsepower. Ford also went ahead and tested the new GT with its contenders at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada, with all contenders track-prepped with new fluids, fresh tires and optimal suspension settings, in identical conditions and with the same driver behind the wheel.
“The numbers speak for themselves” says Ford. Ford GT – 2:09.8, McLaren 675LT – 2:10.8, Ferrari 458 Speciale – 2:12.9
“The Ford GT is all about performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development and chief technical officer. “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.” he added.
If you failed to notice it in the instrument cluster, the Ford GT maxes out at 216 mph (347 kph). Fuel efficiency is rated at 11 miles per gallon in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, and a combined 14 mpg, according to EPA’s estimation. The GT is produced at an assembly facility in Markham, Ontario, Canada.