Two of America’s most potent track cars ever recently took to the drag strip in order to see which one could cover a 1/4 mile faster. Worth noting however that these weren’t standing 1/4 mile runs, as the two cars began each sprint from a rolling start.
While track tests would have you believe that the latest generation Ford GT can walk the line between supercar and hypercar, its power and torque output doesn’t sound all that impressive on paper.
The new GT features a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharger EcoBoost V6 producing 647 HP (655 PS) and 550 lb-ft (745 Nm) of torque. In a straight line, it’s said to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and max out at 216 mph (348 km/h).
Impressive? Sure. But check out the ZR1 Vette’s numbers: 755 HP (765 PS), 715 lb-ft (968 Nm) of torque, 0-60 in 2.85 seconds and a top speed of 212 mph (341 km/h). Technically speaking, the Ford GT is slightly quicker and has a greater top speed, but the differences are so minute that one can’t really predict the outcome of an outright battle.
The ‘Vette is by far the better value for money. Nevertheless, it’s performance we’re focusing on here, and while we won’t spoil the result for you, we’ll just note that both did the quarter mile in less than 10 seconds.