A Ferrari 488 Spider takes on a Ford GT in a ½-mile drag race.
We’re back at Wannagofast in Florida for DragTimes’ next race between his 2018 Ford GT and a 2018 Ferrari 488 Spider. This is a pretty good matchup between the two cars, although one of the drivers might have a bit more racing experience than the other.
First, the Ferrari 488. Under the hood is the same 3.9-L twin-turbo V8 engine as on the 488 GTB, with 661 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 2.9 seconds on it sway to a top speed of just over 200 mph. Power is routed to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and the whole package weighs in at approximately 3,362 lbs.
Wearing the yellow paint job is the 2018 Ford GT. A 3.5-L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 provides 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 2.8 seconds, and top speed is a much faster 216 mph. It also weighs slightly less at 3,354 lbs thanks to more carbon fiber and less prancing horse badges.
So both cars weigh about the same, have about the same power, cost roughly the same, and have 7-speed dual-clutches with launch control. The only difference is the name and the driver.
However, the GT has a trick up its sleeve. It can go into V-Max mode, which lowers the suspension and keeps the active rear wing from moving to minimize drag. Would that be enough to give the GT the edge?
You can see the GT struggles to find purchase for a moment after launch, but eventually grips and takes off like a rocket. The Ferrari, on the other hand, seems to have a late start likely owing to the untrained reaction time of the driver.
That said, the final numbers reveal that the GT was overall faster than the 488 Spider. The Ferrari completed the ½-mile drag race at 154 mph, while the GT finished at 156.25 mph.
We chalk this one up to the superior skill of the GT driver more than a huge difference between the two cars, but maybe we’ll get a few more races between the two down the line to show us which car truly beats the other.