Ford Announces Big Power Numbers, Fast Lap times for GT

Ford has been teasing details, photos, order kits, special editions and more of the Ford GT for months. Now they've finally released the power figures, top speed, and some lap times for the new supercar, and it looks like it's been worth the wait.

The Canadian-built Ford GT will see a massive 647 hp and 550 lb-ft from a 3.5L twin-turbo Ecoboost V6. That power is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle and the carbon fiber GT will cut through the air to a top speed of 348 km/h. The car will weigh in at 1,388 kg, giving it a power to weight ratio of around 2.2 kg/hp (or 4.2 pound per hp). That puts it between the McLaren 675LT and the Ferrari 488 GTB for power to weight.

Ford also sent the GT to Ontario's Calabogie Motorsports park, about an hour west of Ottawa, to see how the supercar performed next to the competition. Ford says that the GT lapped the track in 2:09.8. That's a full second faster than the aforementioned McLaren and 3.1 seconds faster than a track-honed Ferrari 458 Speciale.

Some other interesting facts about the GT: the dry sump engine stays lubricated thanks to nearly 15 litres of oil. There is a tiny "trunk" that holds 11.3 litres. Compare that to the 374 litres of a Focus' trunk or the 230 litres of a Ferrari 488. The GT is only 106 cm tall at the lower of the two ride heights. Fuel economy is rated by the EPA at 21.3 L/100 km city and a not-bad 13 highway. On-track consumption will be significantly higher.

Big power, fast laps, tiny trunk