Ford GT Fails To Impress Against The Stopwatch And The GT2 RS, AMG GT R, Exige Cup

An eclectic group of top-tier performance cars that includes the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the Ford GT, the Mercedes-AMG GT R and the Lotus Exige Cup 430 has been brought together on Anglesey circuit in order to find out which one can post the fastest lap time.

Evo magazine gathered the four models, fitted them with the same tire (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 if you had to ask) and put Steve Sutcliffe behind the wheel and against the clock.

You would expect that the Ford GT would be a serious candidate for the win in this one and you wouldn’t be wrong; the American supercar is essentially a road-going Le Mans racer with 647hp and the most extreme aero agenda among its rivals.

Then it’s the Porsche 911 GT2 RS; a 911 with 690hp and Porsche’s full range of performance-enhancing features that make the GT2 RS one of the fastest production cars around a track, no matter the price.

Mercedes delivered one of the most exciting supercars with the AMG GT-R, showcasing just how much potential was hidden in the normal models. It might be the only one with the engine in front of the driver but that doesn’t affect its lap times.

The Lotus Exige Cup 430 is the smallest car of the group and unsurprisingly the lightest, tipping the scales at just 2,328 pounds (1,055kg). The supercharged V6 delivers 430hp but that’s enough power to place the Lotus in the same performance league with the other three.


  • ksegg

    A $400,000+ Ford didn’t beat the competition?

    I’m sure charging $800,000 would solve the problem.

    • ctk4949

      A $400K V6 Ford, didnt beat the competition!! LOL!!

    • Merc1

      It’s a stunning design, but it’s outclassed in the engine department. For 400K it should have had a V8. Also, Ford bench marked it against the previous generation cars like the McLaren 650S and the like. The class has moved on and it’s painfully clear now. The C&D Lightning Lap also shows how the competition has surpassed it.


    • Ishliss

      The GT has continued to disappoint since its release. YES it is stunning to some (I still prefer the old one) and has all the numbers on paper. But it hasn’t done anything besides be highly desirable to those who are lucky enough to afford (and be selected, this isn’t a Ferrari, Ford, just ridiculous). It has ONE lap record, which lasted all of a month before a 140K chevy knocked it on its butt. Then just this week fails to come anywhere close to the previous lap record. (which was blamed on different weather, while the boosted Corvette absolutely trashed it by 6 seconds!)

      • Mr. EP9

        Pretty sure that lap record was set by Car and Driver during one of their Lightning laps. And keep in mind there is traffic to contend with. GM coming in afterwards and beating it with the ZR1 is no surprise as they have the track to themselves. I mean, IIRC GM did the same with the Z06 when the 918 Spyder was the fastest.

        • Ishliss

          The second GT lap and ZR1 lap were set by C&D on the same day.

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    Fantastic to see Lotus using their old-school tried and tested technology and philosophy to carry on beating the competition. Well done chaps!

    “Adding power makes you faster on the straights.
    Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere”.
    – Colin Chapman, Lotus

    • nastinupe

      Doing both is the Porsche way!

      • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

        I’m not sure the late Colin Chapman would agree, especially given that Porsche now manufacturers some overly-bloated SUVs.

        • nastinupe

          In reference to the 911 GT2 RS. The philosophy is more power and less weight.

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            The 911 GT2 RS is decent, but the first one came out in 1993.

            Lotus has a history of engineering race cars and building sports cars using Colin Chapman’s famous “light is right” principles since the early 1950s.

  • ErnieB

    Don’t care.. I’d still get the GT over any of those..

  • donald seymour

    It’s a British review about an American super car.

  • SteersUright

    Lotus engine sounds spectacular, and easily the best sounding of this bunch. To imagine it started life as a Toyota engine. Lotus should sell Toyota their engine back to them for use in their own sports cars like the new Supra.
    The Porsche’s performance is hard to overlook, but that price tag…ouch. The Ford GT continue on looking stunning and sounding like a garbage truck. The AMG GTR looks like an epic machine to drive but somehow I just dont love it. Not its looks nor its monotonous engine note. Sure its loud, but its like the same tone throughout and doesnt seem to build and crescendo with the revs.

  • john1168

    I knew the Porsche would win this but I didn’t think the Ford would do so poorly. I thought the Ford would come in second and the Merc and Lotus would be duking it out for third. I would love to see the Ford with a twin turbo flat plane V8 but I don’t think it would help it on this track. On a bigger track I’m sure the Ford would do better but to me, the big surprise is how well the Merc did.

  • Mark Hawthorne

    Unlike almost anyone commenting here, I’ve driven at Anglesey a few times in my S2 Exige and while I have no particular favourite here (especially not the Lotus which i think is now hugely overpriced) the small size and tightness of the track cannot be underestimated. It may not look it on video but it is very tight, very narrow, undulating and you can’t get any real speed up. If the GT is all about aero and straightline/cornering speed it is no surprise it’s not that quick here. I’d hate to drive something unwieldy on this track.

    • Exactly, that’s why American cars are often struggling in British B road, it’s quite tight and twisty.

    • john1168

      I know nothing about Anglesey and I was wondering how small and tight turned of a track it was. Thanks to your comment, I now have a better idea and understand why the GT placed third. I now even more surprised how well the Merc did on this track.

  • Vassilis

    I have the suspicion Sutcliffe didn’t take full advantage of the GT’s potential.

  • GobbleUp

    Not surprised as fgt has under delivered on many tracks and in multiple reviews. Still a great car, just not up to expectations.
    Could be the horrid ecoboost and low rent interior.

  • donald seymour

    They lean on being bias.

  • rodriguez256

    I’d still take the GT over any of the others.

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