Ford beats Ferrari – and McLaren too - according to the first round of performance figures to come out of Detroit. Dearborn says the new GT supercar is capable of 216mph flat out, making it the fastest ever Ford road car, and significantly quicker than both the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 488, which can both barely edge past Fiat’s 500 on their way to a pitiful 205mph.
But since no one cares about top speeds since Bugatti spoiled our playground fun, Ford also goes on to say that the GT is quicker over a lap too. At Canada’s improbably named Calabogie Motorsports Park, in identical conditions, and with the same driver at the wheel, the GT posted a 2min 9.8sec lap, compared with 2m 10.8sec for the McLaren. Ford says a 458 Speciale did a slothful 2m 12.9sec at the same event, and although that’s an old car, it’s only half a second slower around Fiorano than the new 488 (1m 23.5sec v 1m 23sec), so some incredibly unscientific theorising suggests that even the current Ferrari couldn’t get near the GT.
For reference, the twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 Ford makes 647bhp and 550lb ft, the McLaren makes 666bhp and 516lb ft, and Ferrari’s much-missed 458 Speciale put out 597bhp and 398lb ft.