Watch The New Ford GT Absolutely Destroy A Car And Driver Lightning Lap At VIR

Image: YouTube/Car and Driver
Image: YouTube/Car and Driver

The newest Ford GT has already achieved a nearly mythical status due to its wild looks, weird as hell aerodynamics and sheer exclusivity. It’s also no secret that it’s freaking fast: 647 horsepower out out of a twin-turbo V6 is not going to be lethargic.

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.


That’s fine. It’s all fine.

Lance Tedford spends his energies working on his 1985 Chrysler LeBaron. He is extremely tall and can never die.

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Brad Landers

Warning: “That guy” comment inbound.

The C&D Lightning Lap is pretty useless. They don’t use a pro driver. They don’t even use a consistent driver.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the utility of automotive journalists’ views on an automobile, and I’m sure many of them can sling a car around a circuit much faster than me, but when it comes to delivering consistent lap times at the limit, it’s hard to beat a pro.

The result is things like an AMG GT-R lapping within tenths of a 918 Spyder. With all due respect to the AMG GT-R, I suspect that we’re encountering isn’t the limit of these automobiles, but the limits of the people behind the wheel.

If anything, it goes to show that the obsession over lap times is a fool’s errand. As an enthusiast, you’re not going to extract every tenth out of the car. I want the car that is the most fun around the circuit, not the absolute fastest. Cue James May Nordschleife rant.