So much stuff to unpack with this record the 2017 Ford GT set at VIR Grand West for Car and Driver

The 2017 Ford GT is on top of Car and Driver’s Lightning Lap leaderboard. This development is of special interest to this nerd, the only one in the world who gives two shits about this kind of thing.

1. All that Ford needs to do now, then, is set a faster lap than the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR at Laguna Seca. For that, Motor Trend has to get a hold of one and should put it up against any one of the following cars:

  • McLaren 720S
  • Lamborghini Huracan Performante
  • Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1
  • Porsche 991 GT2RS

...the four cars that are about the best matches for the Ford.

2. See, the thing is, that Ford is 1.2 seconds faster than the ACR, but only 0.4s past the AMG GT-R...which is an immense 4.3 seconds slower than the ACR at Laguna Seca. And it’s not like Randy Pobst is a slouch—he’s certainly better than the scribes of C/D.


3. Other records prove to add an extra wrench to this battle. The Huracan, 720S, and GT have all come up in Willow Springs testing, all driven by Randy Pobst. All three cars and the 991.2 Turbo S are slower than the ACR by an average (1:23.05) of 1.81 seconds. This I find weird, because as short as Big Willow is, it’s quite open, benefiting cars that can get past 180mph real quick and has the aero and tires to keep up with. On the other hand, 1.81s is still close enough of a gap that it wouldn’t raise red flags as to how stock the ACR really is—and remember, Dodge-SRT isn’t that big an outfit compared to the VAG group, so there’s less incentive for augments beyond what shows up on the options list.

3. This brings us back to the main stage. Comparing stats as measured by MT the three MR heavyweights have more go than the ACR, but it does seem as if only the Lambo can get close to, or surpass, the ACR in terms of handling, with the new GT being a 200mph version of the ACR (95ft 60-0 braking seems a bit long, though).

4. Still, the year is young, and we’ve yet to see the 991 GT2RS and C7 ZR1—two cars that are supposed to supersede the GT3RS and Z06, respectively—go around publication testing. They might be faster than the Ford and Huracan, certainly enough to dethrone the ACR, but then, we’ve seen the laps set by supercars in their tier, and they’ve only barely cut past the Viper. I really am genuinely interested at how these might pan out.

Well that’s it for me tonight. I went on for too long and feel like I wrote nothing substantial, and yet I just can’t help but go nuts at this tier. All these superstars coming together in one year, tested in more than one circuit...really, all I want is to see these come up as little toys I can buy. Most people have mellowed, if not soured, on supercars. I still am not. Is there something wrong with me?

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