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2017 Ford GT Outduels Ferrari and McLaren at Testing Track

 
2017 Ford GT

The 2017 Ford GT. We want one. (Image/Sam VarnHagen – Autoweek)

The 2017 Ford GT will top out at 216 miles-per-hour, produce 647 horsepower, and outperform supercar stalwarts McLaren and Ferrari on a road track, according to new Ford GT performance figures released Wednesday.

Calabogie Motorsports Park is located between Canadian cities Ottawa and Toronto, and relatively close to the facility where Ford GTs are assembled. The race track is a 20-turn, 3.1-mile road course, where Ford tested the new GT against the McLaren 675LT and the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

The results?

McLaren675LT – 2:10.8

Ferrari 458 Speciale – 2:12.9

Ford GT – 2:09.8

And the Ford is about 100 pounds heavier than the Ferrari, and more than 200 pounds heavier than the McLaren.

Auto Blog interviewed Ford Executive Vice President Raj Nair and Ford Performance Director Dave Pericak.

When asked whether the Ford GT would beat out McLaren and Ferrari at more well-known benchmark tracks like Nurburgring and Laguna Seca, Nair said: “Absolutely.”

For more, check out Auto Blog’s story and interview here.

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