A first-generation Ford GT set a new record for the fastest car to run a standing mile.
We recently saw what a second-generation Ford GT could do in the standing mile when it ran a 180 mph pass. We’d obviously expect a less powerful and less aerodynamic first-gen GT to perform less spectacularly than a second-gen GT, but this is no ordinary first-gen GT.
Owned and operated by M2K Motorsports, they’ve done a lot of work on their supercar--so much work that there’s not a lot left to upgrade. It still uses the same 5.4-L V8 engine that the Ford GT was born with, but instead of a supercharger, it uses a pair of massive twin-turbos operating at 45 psi.
Oh, and the engine now drinks pure methanol, which definitely provides more power. We’re not sure just how much power as M2K hasn’t found a dyno yet that can endure the beating this car can dish out, but it’s probably around 2,500 stampeding horses. Bugatti, eat your heart out.
This particular Ford GT, painted in classic Ford livery and assigned the number 293 at the Texas Mile event at Victoria Regional Airport, was also the previous record holder for the standing mile at 293.6 mph. M2K had the goal of finally breaking the 300 mph barrier, but at least was aiming to shatter their own record. Which they did and then some.
Listening to this car is like hearing the rage of every angry V8 distilled into a single, screaming Ford, and then watching it catapult itself down a runway at speeds just shy of rocket cars. When the announcer reveals the final time of 300.4 mph, the M2K team erupts into a joyous celebration for finally seeing the big three-oh-oh.
And they probably just drove this GT home when they were done. It’s still technically street legal and even uses the same 6-speed manual. It does need a parachute to stop as regular brakes would just melt.