Watch an older Ford GT take on a new one in quarter-mile action.
There’s no denying the power and performance of the second generation of Ford GT. It’s 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 puts out 647 hp, 550 lb-ft of torque, and can fire the car from zero to sixty in as little as 2.8 seconds. Top speed is a blistering 216 mph that puts it on par with the best of European supercars.
The older GT, on the other hand, is a bit of a misfit. Powered by a supercharged version of the same 5.4-L V8 that moved older versions of the Ford F-150, the first-gen GT had 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque and a manual transmission that kept 0-60 mph down to 3.8 seconds.
In a fair fight between the two vehicles, there’s no denying that the new GT is faster than the old and would win in a drag race every time. But this is not a fair fight.
DragTimes has brought his custom-tuned first-gen GT to take on fell YouTuber Shmee150 and his stock second-gen GT. DragTimes’ tuning amounts to a Heffner GT700 Pulley and a new exhaust that brings total power to 650 horsepower at the rear wheels. It still has the stock 6-speed manual transmission, however, which will definitely cause it to shift slower than the new GT’s 7-speed DCT.
Still, it’s probably safe to assume that DragTimes did not tell Shmee about his little surprise before they set up this bout of 5 races at the Palm Beach International Raceway.
Their first race is a complete blowout for Shmee. Apparently, he brought a set of worn stock GT tires and didn't warm them up which caused the new GT to spin out off the line. DragTimes, meanwhile, shot ahead and remained several car lengths out front the entire quarter-mile distance.
On the second race, it was DragTimes that spun out and Shmee that pulled ahead. DragTimes spent almost a full second trying to get his Ford under control before finally pulling away, but there was no chance of catching the newer GT.
Check out the video above to see how the remaining three races turn out.