The novel Ford GT 216mph is out. It is the roadworthy version of the sports car which won at Le Mans. Taking its inspirational source in the form of the GT40, that won at Le Mans in the late 60s, the new GT is something altogether different though. It was conceived as a race car before it was specifically designed for the normal run-of-the-mill roads.
And the good news for anyone that has taken the gamble and ordered one before the embargo on reviews was lifted on Friday, is that it is faster around the track than any V8-powered car on sale anywhere in the world. Ford used the best McLaren and Ferrari have to offer for benchmarks and didn’t stop testing until the GT was better even with a two-cylinder deficit on its closest rivals.
You’ll hear few paeans to the lyrical music of a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and there is good reason for this. The V6 layout just doesn’t lend itself to producing the seductive soundtrack created by a V12 or a V8 engine and stuffing its exhaust pipes with turbocharger turbines exacerbates this shortcoming.