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.