I was thinking it was sort of odd that we still haven’t heard any real figures on this unabashed plagiarism of the best parts of my dream diary that Ford simply designated as “GT.” I don’t know about you, but usually when a ‘Murican automaker does performance, they do it as an obvious bargain compared to the market. So that got me wondering, “What if that $400k price point is still a performance bargain?”
At $350k starting, the McLaren 675LT’s curb weight of 2,950lb, 666hp, and 516lb-ft of torque seem like a troff full of performance to me. That’s a power-to-weight ratio of 4.43 lb/hp. Obviously the name of the game is “power-to-weight ratio” with a focus on the weight part as opposed to the power part.
Knowing that Ford is aiming to have “the best power-to-weight ratio,” what would you guess the Ford GT’s curb weight and horsepower to likely be around?
Let’s think more along these lines, 499 LaFerraris were made. Those cars had a curb weight of 3,500 lbs (the mid-2000s Ford GT weighs in at 3,350 lbs by the way) and a total system output of 950 hp. That’s a power-to-weight ratio of 3.68 lb/hp. Obviously Ford is going to beat the Ferrari, or else what’s the point! Doesn’t a $400k car with the same or MORE performance as a $1.4 million vehicle (well I think they are hitting $5 million now) sound like that good ol’ fashion ‘Murican performance value we know and love?
Let’s say the Ford GT sets a curb weight matching the Alfa Romeo 4C at 2,450 lbs. If that 3.5L V6 is making 700 hp we’ll have a power-to-weight ratio of 3.5 lb/hp, which bests that FerraLaRari. Plus, as long as the GT can hit 218 mph from the factory, we have something that’s faster than the LaFezza and the BatMacca. I don’t see why Ford wouldn’t take the opportunity as well in making sure the engine is over 707 hp and becoming the “most powerful, fastest, lightest, most exclusive, most aerodynamically advanced, most carbon intensive, most superlative havingness ” American production performance car...EVER!!