Paging Ford: Isn’t It Too Late To Go For A ‘Ring Lap Time With The 2018 GT?

If our instincts are correct, Ford appears to be eyeing an official Nurburgring lap time with the 2018 GT.

Let’s take it from the start. This past weekend, a blue 2018 Ford GT was filmed running the circuit at full pace and on first impressions, there doesn’t appear to be anything special going on.

Road and Track, though, dug a little deeper and uncovered some interesting details.

This GT is running a UK license plate reading GT17 FOE. It is owned by the car manufacturer itself and has been used in various motorsport events, including a recent appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed when it ran up the famous hillclimb.

Is Ford doing what we think they’re doing?

Additionally, this video was filmed during an industry pool session when members of the public aren’t allowed to hit the circuit. Instead, the track becomes restricted to automakers and it is the time when the vast majority of flying laps are set.

The final piece to the puzzle is the large antenna sticking up from the supercar’s roof. While we cannot be certain, the antenna is probably attached to a telemetry system that’s measuring key vehicle data and, of course, could be used to record lap times.

If Ford is indeed looking to set a Nurburgring lap with the GT, it would come at a strange time. Ordinarily, automakers take prototypes to the infamous circuit and set times before a vehicle’s release in a bid to help promote it. The latest-generation GT was shown to the world more than two and a half years ago and sold out quickly, so it’s quite late to post a lap, isn’t it?

Whatever the reason for Ford’s Green Hell appearance, we’re intrigued and keen to learn more, so stay tuned.

 

  • Dude

    I feel like the hype died down oddly fast for such a beautiful looking and sounding car

    • Adam Lang

      I might be stuck in the past, but I for one still can’t get over it having a V6. Maybe they think a record will help it earn some credibility with people like me that aren’t impressed. It won’t.

  • ErnieB

    This car is a masterpiece! Don’t care what time it laps..

  • Shane

    As another said I hate the fact they used a V6 instead of the Voodoo motor, but I’m surely interested in what this car can truly do.

  • kachuks

    The luster of this great car has been brought down by the politics of the company. I feel sorry for all hard working engineers and genuine gearheads that worked on this car.

  • GobbleUp

    All the hype and it’’s a boring car. Anemic sounds, so so performance.
    If they didn’t artificially prop it up by being Dbags in the “who can get one” process, nobody would care, same as the lame NSX.

  • Well I’m the one that always doubt on Nurburgring time record, beside the car is sold out for years, you don’t need more publicity aren’t you.

  • eb110americana

    It’s definitely not too late, although this one doesn’t look to be moving all that rapidly. I don’t care that it has a V6 if that was the best fit for the car and the narrow space between the rear fender air channels. It sounds pretty good to me. Honestly, everyone is going turbocharged these days, and there are plenty of Mercs, Porsches, Audis, and other exotics that sound worse than this despite having “the right number of cylinders.”

  • Russ

    It is NOT true that the majority (OR ANY) records are attempted or set during the industry pool days. In fact, no record runs are allowed during the industry pool (which generally beings around 8:30AM local time and lasts until 4:30PM). Ford would need to make arrangements to rent the track for their own use in order to make an attempt.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Never too late…There’s still plenty of passion at Ford for a “Ring” time…I’m hoping.

  • john1168

    I love me some Ford GT but I can’t help but wonder what will happen when the C8 Corvette comes out. The Zora will have a n/a V8, a twin turbo V8 and a 1000+hp hybrid V8.

  • Bob White

    For those whining about the V6, it easily smokes the new ZR-1 in the quarter mile and on a proper handling track, fugget about it. Lol

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