This race between a Ford GT and a McLaren 720S is a lot closer than you’d expect.
If this were a race between the current generation Ford GT and the McLaren 720S, there wouldn’t even be a question. McLaren is a dominant force in supercar races, and the 720S is king of them all. With a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 pumping out 710 hp and a total weight of just 3,180 lbs, there’s no way the 647 hp and 3,350 lb GT could ever keep up.
But this isn’t a current-gen Ford GT. This is actually a first generation GT, which would be an even worse matchup since the original 5.4-L supercharged V8 only put out 550 hp. However, this particular model tosses the old supercharger for a pair of Heffner Performance twin-turbos and an entire engine rebuild giving it an astounding 1,000 hp.
The GT is heavier at 3,450 lbs, but it’s also far more powerful. Both cars are rear-wheel-drive, although the GT has a 6-speed manual and the McLaren has a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
That fast-shifting transmission will prove to be the edge the McLaren needs to take down this 1,000 hp goliath.
Courtesy of DragTimes, we get to see our two competitors engage in a rolling race. This means the cars won’t compete from a full stop, but instead try to maintain a rolling speed of 40 mph before gunning the engine. This style of race greatly favors the GT since now the driver doesn’t need to worry about its ludicrous power causing the rear wheels to spin off the line.
And you can see the GT grabs an early lead once they reach the starting line, but then the McLaren starts to claw its way back. Every time the GT shifts with it’s slower manual gearbox the 720S is able to gain just a few more mph, and by the time they reach the finish line, it’s neck and neck.
If there’s one thing that should become abundantly clear from this video is that a McLaren punches way above its weight class every time.