2017 Ford GT supercar achieves 216 mph top speed with its 647 hp and 550 lb.-ft. Ecoboost V6 engine

Article by Christian A., on January 26, 2017

American carmaker Ford Motor Co. has already commenced production of its new face, the 2017 Ford GT with executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. and chief executive Mark Fields getting the first and second examples. Ever since its introduction two years ago at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the next generation of the Ford GT has shown its complete exterior and interior. It proved to be a splendid supercar, with demand easily surpassing the planned production numbers.

The carmaker had said that the new 2017 Ford GT will be powered by a Ford EcoBoost 3.5-liter bi-turbo V6 engine that could deliver at least 600 hp. But that was all it for the technical specs of the new-gen 2017 Ford GT. But what caught many people by surprise was the fact that although Ford has yet to release the complete technical specs of the 2017 Ford GT, its fuel economy ratings of the model were disclosed first. Typically, technical specs like power output and torque as well as acceleration and top speed figures are announced before or at the same time as the estimated fuel economy ratings.

Finally, Ford has become kind enough to disclose the technical specs of the new 2017 Ford GT. According to the US carmaker, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine in the new Ford GT is SAE-rated to deliver up to 647 hp of output and up to 550 lb.-ft. of peak torque. This makes this engine the most powerful – in terms of hp – among EcoBoost production engines. Thanks to the wide power band of this EcoBoost engine, it could generate 90 percent of peak torque starting from 3,500 rpm. Since the new Ford GT has a dry weight of around 3,000 lbs (1,385 kg), it boasts of an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 4.72 lbs per hp.

Ford didn’t disclose how quick the new 2017 Ford GT could sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h), the number should be also impressive. However, Ford did divulge how fast the new Ford GT could go, which is pegged at 216 mph of maximum speed. With this top speed number, the 2017 Ford GT could lay claim to being the fastest Ford production car on the track, so far.

To illustrate the track performance of the 2017 Ford GT, the carmaker pitted the super car against the McLaren 675LT and the Ferrari 458 Speciale at the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada. All three supercars were prepared optimally for the track – new tires, new fluids and optimal suspension settings. All three supercars were also driven by the same driver in identical conditions. The result? The new Ford GT (2 minutes 9.8 seconds) was faster than the McLaren 675LT (2 minutes 10.8 seconds) by a full second. It was also faster than the Ferrari 458 Speciale (2 minutes and 12.9 seconds) by more than three seconds.

If you intend to order the new 2017 Ford GT now, it’s going to be quite a challenge. Ford will only build 250 examples annually for four years for a total of 1,000 units. The first three years of production have been sold out, 90 percent of which were to previous Ford GT owners. The final year of production is reserved for new customers, but the waiting list is already too long and it is highly likely that it has been sold out.

Press Release

FORD GT DELIVERS HIGHEST TOP SPEED, FASTEST LAP TIMES ON THE TRACK OF ANY PRODUCTION FORD EVER

Delivering the highest output of any EcoBoost® production engine to date, the all-new Ford GT couples its extraordinary power with impressive aerodynamic efficiency and advanced active dynamics to achieve a maximum speed of 216 mph – making it the fastest Ford production vehicle on the track ever.

Capable of an exceptional top speed, Ford’s all-new supercar is designed and optimized for track performance to honor its racing heritage. In 2016 development testing, 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, Ford GT bested both the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada.

The numbers speak for themselves:

Ford GT: 2:09.8
McLaren 675LT: 2:10.8
Ferrari 458 Speciale: 2:12.9
SAE-rated at 647 horsepower and with 550 lb.-ft. of torque, Ford’s new high-output 3.5-liter V6 powerplant produces the most horsepower of any EcoBoost production engine ever, 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.”

Ford GT’s dry weight just tops 3,000 pounds, which places the supercar between its two primary competitors, the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 488. Ford GT’s power-to-weight ratio is 4.72 pounds/horsepower.

“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.”

The active dynamics systems – for both suspension and aerodynamics – are designed to make the car perform with optimum downforce, drag and balance at any speed, creating a faster setup regardless of driver skill level.

Ford GT, with no excuses to give, has proven itself time and again, racing to class wins at Le Mans and numerous other tracks in both IMSA and WEC last season. The production Ford GT shares a great deal with the high-performance track version, with advanced aero and suspension features added that take it to another level.

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