Ford GT review

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20 Sep 2017 17:01 | Last updated: 14 Sep 2018 14:16

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Our overall rating:Rated 4 out of 5

That this supercar exists at all is because Ford wanted to return to the Le Mans 24-hour race and needed a car to do it with. Regulations say it must sell roadgoing versions of whatever car it races with, so here we are: the long, low, race-derived Ford GT.

It's built around a lightweight carbonfibre chassis, in which up to two occupants sit, and has a very narrow body to help it slip through the air. In the middle, just behind the driver, sits a highly tuned 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with two turbochargers. The engine makes 638bhp and 550lb ft of torque – even more than it does in the racing version, which has to be limited to meet regulations.

All that grunt goes to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. There are very clever 'active' spoilers to enhance the aerodynamics, and the suspension has two different heights: one for the road and the other for the track.

The car will be built by Ford’s project partner, Multimatic of Canada, at a rate of 250 a year until the 1000 it plans to sell are gone.

So, should you buy the GT, or a Ferrari 488 GTB, or McLaren 720S? We've been driving one in the UK to find out.

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