Can The McLaren 720S Beat A Twin-Turbo Ford GT?

We know that the McLaren 720S is fast. In fact, it is so fast that it can match a Porsche 918 Spyder and Bugatti Veyron in the half mile.

However, can the latest and greatest British supercar even remotely compete with a twin-turbocharged Ford GT? Surely not, right?

To answer that question, Drag Times pitted their 720S against a bright yellow Ford GT in a series of rolling drag races. Both have twin-turbo V8s but whereas the McLaren delivers ‘just’ 710 hp, the Ford has 1,000 hp thanks to the experts at Heffner Performance.

Despite its power deficit, the 720S is significantly lighter and has a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission, rather than the six-speed manual of the GT. This means the races are far more competitive than you might imagine by simply looking at the power figures.

Place your bets ladies and gentlemen, this is a good one.

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  • Six_Tymes

    the GT is how old? and still BETTER looking. you can have the fast raccoon, i would take the classic GT any day.

    • Shane

      Classic GT or classic classic GT? 😂

  • john1168

    Seems like the GT was in too low a gear at the start. Doesn’t seem like the GT driver is trying very hard either. I’m not sure the GT would still win but I think it can do better.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    power/torque plus the latest technology wins the race. That said having seen this and the video of the 720S absolutely demolishing the Lamborghini Huracan, I’m becoming convinced that they are under rating the power. 720hp? I wouldn’t be surprised if it was 100 or even 200 more than they claim. Has anyone put one on a dyno?

    • Zimoune

      Yes someone does. It produces 720ps to the wheels which is incredible. Most manufacturer announce the power delivery of the car from the engince and not to the wheels. Some power is lost between the the crankshaft and the wheel so if the 720s produces 720ps to the wheels, it’s probably a 800ps from the engine

      • Mike Sinyaboot

        Drivetrain power loss is usually estimated at 15%. This is just an estimate as every car is different based on its unique drivetrain. That being said, the 15% drivetrain loss can at least give an idea of what the actual HP number is. If the 720s is in fact being dynoed at 720 wheel HP, the car is pushing close to 850HP at the crank.

  • Christopher Sansom

    What do they say ? all show no go 🙂

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      but it still looks fantastic:)
      A modern classic.

  • Christopher Edwards

    Classic GT or classic classic GT? 😂

  • Zerstörer

    Yes someone does. It produces 720ps to the wheels which is incredible. Most manufacturer announce the power delivery of the car from the engince and not to the wheels. Some power is lost between the the crankshaft and the wheel so if the 720s produces 720ps to the wheels, it’s probably a 800ps from the engine

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