Twice a year in the great state of Texas, gearheads from across the universe gather to do one thing: go real damn fast. That event is called the Texas Mile, and it’s one of the fastest things you’ll ever witness. And this past weekend, once again a Ford GT was king—with a truly mind-blowing speed.
While your hardworking Texas Jalopnik staff was busy covering IndyCar’s debut in Austin, the Texas Mile in Victoria saw even more intense speeds, like the 300.4 mph run from the famous M2K Motorsports Ford GT.
Watch it do the dance here: (Updated 4/5 with official video)
If this Gulf livery car looks familiar, it should. It (and other Ford GTs) have spent the last few years dominating the Texas Mile, and getting somehow faster and faster every year.
When I started covering these around 2012, the GTs were doing in excess of 260 mph, which feels positively slow compared to 300. And this exact same GT hit a record 293.6 mph in 2017, so I’m not shocked it finally joined the 300 club.
As Autoblog reported, the M2K car is said to have a now twin-turbocharged version of the standard 5.4-liter V8 running about 2,500 horsepower off 45 psi of boost. It is, to put it simply, a monster.
Also extremely notable: the Dodge Neon ACR that did 193.3 mph this weekend.
The Texas Mile is a very special place.
Update: Because people asked, here is M2K’s Mark Heidaker on the tires used:
Honestly, I don’t think ANY tires are suitable but we run the Hoosier R7 even though the only response we have gotten from Hoosier is they have no experience with those tires at those speeds and can not recommend them. I can tell you, we only use a brand new set of tires for approximately 2 runs so lets say, I have a BUNCH of tires laying around with less than 5 miles on them... I believe the last order of Hoosier tires we placed was for 40 of them just for M2K...