I seem to have gone back in time, to the olden days of my writing when I left everything to the night before. Because, at lunchtime yesterday, I realised it was Monday, and I had absolutely nothing at all planned for today. So I’ve whacked this up, rather quickly…
The fast and furious Ford GT is a car like no other. Armed to the teeth with a twin turbo V6, which produces 647 brake horsepower. It’s not exactly Ferarri or Lamborghini standard, but then again, this isn’t a Ferrari or Lamborghini. In fact, it’s a totally different animal.
Around a track, a Ferrari or Lamborghini would simply prance around the corners. The GT will demolish them. On a track day, the Ford GT is designed to be soo much better than anything, that was made in Europe- which is, simply because it’s just much more of an exciting driving experience.
There are more driving modes on this car, than what there is on the Apollo space shuttles. My favourite, however, is track mode. Simply because, when you tell the car to do this, it violently lowers the suspension; which snaps your spine in two, it engages the anti-lag system, raises the rear wing as if a fighter jet preparing for take-off, and stiffens the suspension by 100 percent.
Another, of my favourite modes this car holds, is its vicious V-Max mode. This stiffens, absolutely every mechanical thing, right down to the grip of the tyres, on the surface. It also means that this car achieves speeds of up to 216MPH, and flatten a 0-60MPH time of 2.8 seconds.
The first GT was absolutely and astonishingly amazing and brilliant in every way. Other than, if you parked it and somebody walked within four yards of it, an air rade siren would be set off. It would also go off when you didn’t want it too, like when your children are debuting in the school play, or being baptised, the list goes on. Other problems with the old car were that it was too big, both width and lengthwise and when you parked it, it felt like you needed a bus, not a car license. The fuel tank was the size of a watering can, and it was impossible to see out of the front windscreen. The old car was designed to set lap records, as should any Ford GT. This one, however, somehow just isn’t.
This car is the best and most expensive car Ford has ever made. It was all actually made under the microscope and radar of Ford’s management, by a team of very small people… when I say “small people”, I don’t mean Umpa Lumpa’s, I mean a small group of people.
The problems with the new GT just get bigger and better. I mean, this one is even longer, and wider than the old one, the windscreen is the size of a hairpin, and amazingly, the fuel tank is even smaller. The steering wheel is too big, ugly and difficult to use.
The main two problems I find with this car though, are firstly, the idea that when you sit in it, the seat, is in a fixed position, so it doesn’t move. What you have to do to move closer to the best comfortable position is, adjust the steering wheel, which moves it closer to you, and you do that by pulling on a sort of ratchet strap thing. My problem with this is that you get no indication from the car that it is fixed, so when braking, how do you know if you are actually braking, or just pushing the whole panel further away? Problem, number two is the heart of the beast. The idea that a £420,000 supercar has only been fitted with a V6… For that price, you should be getting a V8- at least!
I do actually know why Ford has done this- to save weight. This GT is one of the lightest cars Ford has ever made. It is very light, this comes mostly, from its carbon fibre tub. The only real downforce it gets is from the air passing over the body, and from its own clever aerodynamic system.
The GT’s brakes and steering are absolutely awesome, it’s not a gentle car at all, it’s absolutely mad.
That’s what makes this car an epic grand tourer.