Watch A First-Gen Ford GT Reach For Its Top Speed In Standing Mile Run

The first-gen Ford GT might not be as quick as its successor, but it's still plenty fast in a standing mile.

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Check out this first-gen Ford GT as it revs its powerful supercharged engine in a standing mile run.

The first Ford GT was a very popular car in its day, but supercar enthusiasts never quite considered it to be one of their own. The reason behind that was the fact that the GT was powered by a modified version of the V8 engine that Ford put into quite a few of their F-Series pickups.

A supercar with a pickup engine? Perish the thought! Never mind the fact that it was supercharged to produce 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. A truck engine can never be refined enough for true performance, and that was that.

Fast-forward a decade later and the second-gen Ford GT would also debut with a pickup engine, but since it was a twin-turbo V6, it was actually the pickup enthusiasts that were weirded out this time.

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But back to the first-gen GT. Despite (or perhaps because) of it’s big V8, the car was still legitimately fast. Zero to sixty was advertised by Ford as taking 3.8 seconds, but Car and Driver found that a skilled operator could get the GT to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. Top speed was a theoretical 205 mph, but very few people had ever seen it run that fast.

The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in sunny Florida loves to see things go as fast as they can, so when a Ford GT showed up on their horizon, they just had to see how fast it could go.

This particular GT is actually modified. We don’t know how, but it now produces 700 horsepower and 650 lb-ft, which means it’s a vastly more powerful machine than even a modern GT. It can definitely reach 60 mph in less than 3.8 seconds, as the video shows, and if it were only allowed to keep running after reaching the standing mile, we bet that it could have easily hit 205 mph and perhaps even surpass it.

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