Ferrari 488 Spider And Ford GT Face Off In Half-Mile Battle

Ford never designed the new GT to break records in a straight line but rather as a very capable endurance race car, which would, with a few mods, make for a great supercar, too.

With this in mind, the Ford GT is down on power compared to many of its rivals, such as the 710 hp McLaren 720S and the 661 hp Ferrari 488 GTB. Power from the GT’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine sits at 647 hp and while it’s perfectly fine, it falls short of even Ford’s own Shelby Mustang GT500.

Despite all of this, the Ford GT is no slouch off the line, and Brooks from the Drag Times YouTube channel recently took his car out to a half-mile drag racing event to see how it would fare. While the clip below only shows the GT participating in a single race against a 488 Spider, we do get to see its brutal launch control in action.

Off the line, the GT immediately gets a jump over the 488 thanks to slightly quicker reflexes on the part of the driver. Although it does experience quite a lot of wheelspin at the start, it’s able to quickly open up a lead over the 48,8 which it keeps all the way through to the finish line.

Would the result have been the same if the GT was racing a 488 GTB Coupe? Since the 488 Spider only weighs 110 lbs (50 kg) more than its hardtop sibling, we’re inclined to say no. So, down on power it may be, but the Blue Oval’s latest supercar is quite a performer.


  • Bo Hanan

    Twin turbo V6 beats twin turbo V8??? No! The Ford belongs to the guy who puts out these videos. Hmmm???…

    • Matt

      Well look at how many cars the Nissan GT-R humbled with a TT V6. Cylinder count isn’t everything.

    • K X J I ⚪️

      Yeah aerodynamics totally don’t do nothing here.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    I love the Ford GT and the Ferrari. I’d love to own either!

    It is nice to see the owner actually use the car instead of just stashing it in a garage forever.

  • ErnieB

    I honestly would take the ford over the ferrari without hesitation..

  • SteersUright

    I can’t believer I’m typing this, but the Ford looks so much more exotic and impressive, regardless of who’s faster. The fact that it won against one of the worlds fastest and most prestigious cars, is even more impressive. Of course, to be fair, I dont think these two are in the same price class.

  • Eagle By Singer

    I’d have the GT by a long shot. Ferraris have been really crappy in recent years in oppose to their competitors.
    They’re much slower than McLaren’s & Lamborghinis.
    They’re to angular and fussy to look at.
    Bought by posers.

  • Austin Carpenter

    the gap, nice!

  • rodriguez256

    I love the Ford GT, hands down the car I’d own over any of them. With that said the 720S looked so damn nice in that video.

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