First Drive 2017 Ford GT

First Drive 2017 Ford GTTrouble is that, like Silver was a big nag, the Mustang is a big car, so it has a large frontal area, which is bad for aerodynamics and therefore bad for going fast. And the more Ford modified the Mustang for GT racing, the less of a Mustang it became, until they figured they’d never win a damned thing with it while it was recognisably a Mustang, and officially canned the project.

But the GT40, so named for its 40-inch height, wasn’t exactly a home grown enterprise. Early development was based on a design from the U.K. shops of Eric Broadley, the proprietor of Lola Cars, a prominent producer of racing machines.

Besides, the EcoBoost engine is both a V6 — a cylinder layout that is hardly synonymous with sonorous internal combustion — and turbocharged (which tends to dull the aural delight of any cylinder configuration). It’s not so much that the GT sounds bad — there is a fair bark to the exhaust — but that, comparatively, it can’t hold a tune next to a flat plane-crankshafted Ferrari V8 or even the Jaguar F-Type’s V6.

Thanks to already good suspension tuning that can be further softened via Multimatic’s adjustable spool valve shocks, the GT delivers a compliant ride that’s far from punishing. Admittedly, a carbon tub, performance suspension and sticky, stiff sidewalled tires will never be luxury car smooth, but the GT certainly gives up nothing to other supercars and is noticeably less jarring than many track-focused production cars (GT2 RS, M3 GTS, ZL1 1LE, etc.).

First Drive 2017 Ford GT

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