A new video from Hennessey pits a McLaren 720S against a Ford GT in drag and rolling races.
Sorry, Ford, but we’ve been here before, and this matchup doesn’t end well for you.
The GT is a fantastic car, well worthy of all the hype surrounding it, but McLaren is supercars. It’s all they do. Ford makes pickup trucks, SUVs, and occasionally sells a Mustang or two, but every car McLaren makes is designed for one thing: speed.
So we’re not surprised when a part-time supercar maker gets beat by a full-time supercar manufacturer.
But just to be sure, let’s run the numbers. The Ford GT comes equipped with a 3.5-L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that has 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is said to be done in just under 3 seconds, but we’ve seen it in the real world a little closer to 3.1 seconds. Top speed is rated at 216 mph, which certainly sounds achievable if you were to give the GT a long enough runway.
The McLaren 720S, on the other hand, has a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 with 710 hp and 568 lb-ft torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 2.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 212 mph.
Both cars are rear-wheel-drive, have a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and are a little over 3,000 lbs. The McLaren is both more powerful and about 150 lbs lighter than the GT, which means that on paper, the 720S is already the winner.
And it’s also the winner in the real world. In a new drag race video from Hennessey, we see the 720S (provided by McLaren’s Houston dealership) gets a poor start, but then quickly catches up to the GT and then just casually walks away.
The story is much the same in the rolling race. We suspect the race caller was in the GT since he seemed to get a head start, but then the 720S simply accelerated as though the GT wasn’t even worthy of its time.
When Ford spends several decades making supercars, then we’ll see if they can catch a McLaren. Until then, all hail the 720S.