YouTube The Ford GT is the king of Car & Driver's VIR lightning lap

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But just barley.

It wasnt there for the actual competition but Ford gave them one recently and here is the result:

Skip to 1:15 for the lap.

https://youtu.be/PV2gQ6MFunw

Car and Driver was unable to secure a Ford GT for its Lightning Lap event last year. Later on, Ford called back and said that it had one of their EcoBoost spaceships finally ready for some track testing. This is a call I’m still waiting on myself.

The GT proceeded to blast down every straight and turner at VIR. The driver’s helmet camera showed it reaching speeds of over 160 mph. It ate every corner like it was at a Las Vegas buffet and its gym membership just expired.

In the end, the GT set a time of exactly 2:43. That makes it both faster than the Mercedes-AMG GT R (2:43:4) and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2:45:7) when C/D tested them.
 
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I think the more impressive thing is that the ZL1 is only 2 seconds slower.
 

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I think the more impressive thing is that the ZL1 is only 2 seconds slower.
I was going to post this but didn't want to head that direction first post :rofl:
 
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I think its worth mentioning, especially since the GT is what, 400k? :rofl:
 

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100% worth mentioning.

i was worried about the ford white knights though :rofl:
 

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I think the more impressive thing is that the ZL1 is only 2 seconds slower.
That was my thought also. It is almost stupid how capable these cars are on the track. I have seen a couple of the camaro's out there at track days and they get down pretty well. I just can't imagine having that power on tap as a noob although the nannys seem to reign things in pretty well.
 
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Who would have EVER thought a camaro would have become this capable :rofl:
 

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100% worth mentioning.

i was worried about the ford white knights though :rofl:
White Knight here....

Different conditions and testing procedures. C&D admitted that had they had more seat time that the GT's lap times would have gone down in seconds.

"Take the GT anywhere else and you’d miss out on 163.6 mph down the front straight (second-highest all-time speed to the 170.6-mph Porsche 918 Spyder); barreling into the Climbing Esses at 148.0 mph (a new LL record); and a neck workout at 1.17 g’s in Turn 1 brought to you by the entertainment firm of EcoBoost, Michelin, and Multimatic spool-valve dampers. Put it together and you get a 2:43.0 lap, fast enough to dethrone the 918 Spyder as the LL king. And this was accomplished in one day with the car. Given our normal three-day exposure, that time would drop, potentially by entire seconds."

That's why I like Randy Pobst's track reviews best. He just gets in and hauls ass, as he should be compared to auto writers.
 

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Yea....... 400k. So um yea.

No need to bicker none of us are getting or could probably afford a GT. But normal cars are getting stupid fast. Making the only reason to get the 400 grand one is to have bragging rights at a party on how big your pocket is
 

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I'd take the GT. The last Gen appreciated very nicely where nice examples are fetching almost double the original MSRP.
True, but id have 5 times the sets of tires to torch and drive the ever living piss out of.

I appreciate the Ford GT but Im no car collector the GT would do me no good as a garage queen. Id rather go torch tires and go blasting through the snow in a ZL1 (on snow tires or coruse) :rofl:

Year round DD in a ZL1 would be manageable I think.
 

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I remember this kid from college that couldn't understand why people would buy a Corvette when you could buy a 2nd gen Mitsubishi Eclipse and look just as good, and go just as fast for a quarter of the price.

No joke, kid really couldn't understand it. He had an Eagle Talon...ran 12's.
 

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