Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675LT have a new competitor Ford GT

01/24/2017 16:06:16
 Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675LT have a new competitor Ford GT
Ford released performance figures for its Ford GT a few hours ago, its Blue Oval's 647-horsepower supercar bests the benchmarks from McLaren and Ferrari

Ford released performance figures for its Ford GT a few hours ago, with the top speed of 216 miles per hour. What's really impressing here is not the speed but the fact that it's Blue Oval's 647-horsepower supercar bests the benchmarks from McLaren and Ferrari on a track. 3.1 seconds better than a Ferrari 458 Speciale.

    

 

Ford's claim that the GT has a dry weight of 3,054 pounds. Dry weight is the alternative truth of the automotive world, in that it has no bearing on reality. Technically it refers to a car's curb weight with no fluids whatsoever, which is almost impossible to prove and can differ greatly from the rolling curb weight. Ferrari and McLaren list non-dry curb weights of 3,075 and 2,927 pounds, respectively. The latter is listed as DIN, or German standard weight, which includes 90 percent of the fuel. US-spec cars are often heavier due to crash regulation necessities like side-impact airbags.
 


 

The active aerodynamics includes a movable rear spoiler that adjusts for downforce. The suspension has yet to fully explained, although Road & Track offers some insight. The basics: inboard torsion bar springs instead of traditional coils and multi-stage DSSV shocks. Yes, those are the same shocks found up and down the Le Mans pit lane, on the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 and 2017 Colorado ZR2, and even on the rare Aston Martin One-77. What's new is that the Ford GT's shocks have three modes: normal, track, and comfort. Comfort mode is activated from normal mode, while track mode is tied to a 2-inch lower ride and stiffer spring rate.

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