Ford might be looking to set a speed record using their GT mid-engined supercar.
When Ford first announced the GT, they famously said they weren’t really looking to set any records, just build the best supercar that they could. They set a lap record at the Virginia International Speedway just so that potential buyers had something more than just self-reported performance figures, but other than that, we haven’t seen much from the GT outside of multiple lawsuits.
(That VIR lap record was immediately broken by the Chevy Corvette ZR1, but Ford didn’t seem to mind too much.)
So, for a car that Ford only ever planned to make money off of, we’re wondering why it was spotted running laps at Germany’s Nurburgring?
We have YouTube channel cvdzijden - Supercar Videos to thank for the video, and Road & Track to thank for much of the specifics. It turns out that GT was making laps during an industry pool road session, where multiple carmakers can drop by with their latest creations to get some real-world driving data. You can see the GT has an antenna on the roof which means a Ford engineer was gathering telemetry data during the run.
Road & Track also did more digging to confirm that yes, this GT is owned by Ford, and is in fact the same one that the company displayed at the Goodwood Festival Of speed last month as well as last year’s Speedhunters.
But what is a GT doing at the Green Hell if Ford doesn’t care about speed records? The car is in its second full year of production, so surely Ford has all the data they could ever need on their one-off supercar. Could they be gathering data for a special edition version that has yet more performance? Or did Ford just send out their GT to do some laps just because they were invited?
There’s a very slim chance that Ford will go back on their word and actually try and set a lap record. If they do, they’ll have their work cut out for them. Lamborghini just took the title of fastest production car around the ‘Ring with the Aventador SVJ. A 760 hp 6.5-L V12 is a lot more oomph than the GT’s 3.6-L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 (by about 113 ponies), and Ford doesn’t have the same kind of active aerodynamics to make up that lost power in the corners.
We’ll keep an eye out to see what Ford is up to.