Watch the Ford GT reach a speed of 180 mph after running a standard mile.
When Ford announced the new GT way back in 2016, it was to create a vehicle that could compete with the mid-engine supercars from Europe but with a car built in the United States. Well, actually, a car built in Ontario, Canada, but that's close enough that most people really can't tell the difference. It's just a little harder getting a factory tour is all.
And it was priced like a mid-engine supercar too. Starting at $450,000 but easily climbing above $500k with a few add-ons, the GT's high price did nothing to dissuade people from buying it. On the contrary--the GT's popularity was so great that it forced Ford to create an application process where they could choose who would be granted permission to own a GT, provided the buyer sign a 2-year no-resale contract.
That didn't exactly stop people from reselling the GT for a profit, but it at least gives you a good idea of how popular this car was and still is.
And it’s not hard to see why the car is so popular. Under the hood is a 3.5-L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 from the Ford Raptor, but tuned to produce 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 2.8 seconds, while zero to 100 mph takes just 6 seconds, Top speed is a blistering 216 mph.
To give you a good sense of just how fast the GT is, we’ve got a new video from the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds showing the GT push itself as hard as it can for a single mile. The footage shows a constant acceleration of roughly 1 G, which is quite a long time to be slammed into the car’s bucket seat.
Since its on a runway, the ride is quiet and smooth, with the GT making nary a twitch as it continues to apply full throttle. After reaching the 1-mile mark, the speedo reports a top speed of 180.704 mph. That’s a lot of speed for just a single mile.
Ford recently reopened applications to customize a GT of your very own, but you might be better off just waiting for the first 2017 models to come out of their 2-year contracts if you really want to get behind the wheel of one of these bad boys.