Ford has released performance figures for the Ford GT, including a top speed of 216 miles per hour. The 647-horsepower supercar bests the benchmarks from McLaren and Ferrari on a track, which is even more impressive. 3.1 seconds better than a Ferrari 458 Speciale.
The resulting laps times: Ford GT with 2:09.8; McLaren 675LT with 2:10.8; Ferrari 458 Speciale with 2:12.9.
Calabogie is a 20-turn, 3.1-mile road course one hour west of Ottawa. Calabogie is close to the Multimatic facility in Canada where the car is assembled. It gave them a lot of opportunity to do a lot of back and forth [to the factory] without a lot of travel time.
The numbers were obtained with the same driver using fresh tires and a full tank of gas on all three cars in identical conditions. Ford has run the car and the competitive vehicles at other tracks, not necessarily with same numbers, fresh tires and the same driver.
However, this car would produce similar results on benchmark tracks such as the Virginia International Raceway or Nurburgring Nordschleife. Another press claim is that the GT has a dry weight of 3,054 pounds. Dry weight refers to a car’s curb weight with no fluids whatsoever. A GT filled with all fluids and ready to drive but without fuel weighs 3,173 pounds. Ferrari and McLaren weight 3,075 and 2,927 pounds, respectively.
McLaren and Ferrari are lighter than the GT.
The GT’s carbon-fiber monocoque and aluminum components saved a lot of weight, but they added the active aero and the active suspension. The active aerodynamics includes a movable rear spoiler that adjusts for downforce and can act as an air brake.