Watch Ford GT Set A New Record Near The Arctic Circle

It doesn’t get much better than a performance driving machine on a scenic, twisting road. Ford knows that all too well, producing a series of videos on Europe’s greatest driving roads that culminated over a year ago. But it has at least one more up its sleeve.

This latest eleven-minute clip puts Steve Sutcliffe back behind the wheel, but not in a Mustang, Fiesta ST, or Focus RS. This time the Ford GT is the chariot of choice, and he’s driven it all the way to the arctic circle.

And not on just any old highway, either: Sutcliffe’s taken the bright yellow, black-striped supercar along Norway’s picturesque (but strictly governed) Atlantic Ocean Road – then north, north some more, and further north again to a little known track called the Arctic Circle Raceway… where it promptly set the lap record.

Norway’s largest, the circuit is the northernmost in the world, actually sitting several miles short of the circle itself (despite the name). It twists and turns along 2.3 miles of Norwegian hillside and looks like a track worth visiting, if only it weren’t so remote. At very least, it looks like you wouldn’t have to worry about overheating the engine (or the tires, or the brakes) in that climate.

Having raced competitively in the touring cars (and even showed well in an F1 test for Honda), Sutcliffe may very well have done the job himself. But for the record attempt, he handed the keys over to Stefan Mücke, one of Ford’s factory racing drivers (and winner of six FIA World Endurance Championship races) – who made quick business of breaking the lap record, and then breaking it again.

However, Wikipedia, we should note, suggests faster laps have been clocked on the track, Ford’s claim is ostensibly upheld by the times listed on FastestLaps.

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  • Kaisuke971

    Why are they bragging about a record on a circuit where the second fastest car is a last gen R8 V8 ? If you want to make a record, try somewhere like Hockenheim, Le Mans (Bugatti) or Sachsenring, where current supercars have been.

    Oh wait now that i think about it the car won’t actually beat a record there my bad

    • brn

      You’re not invited to my party.

    • Asensio

      Being a horses ass is really easy for you.

    • SteersUright

      Would still be awesome to see it try. I really do wish Ford would’ve upped the ante and had this at least keep up with a 918 at half the price. Maybe theres a Ford GT-R in the pipeline?? can always hope!

  • brn

    Completely enjoyable video.

    I just wish they avoided any drifting (power slide) shots.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Nice video, nice car…the track record in a semi-anonymous track is the part i judge unnecessary but i understand they had to have a proper destination as a setting once they got there and the track makes sense, in this perspective only though.

  • Michelin

    Why do a record lap of a track that no one Know outsider Norway ??
    Is it the way to avoid embarassing competitors ??

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