Ford is one of the biggest car brands in the world, and they’ve made some fantastic cars over the years. It was Henry Ford who revolutionized the automotive industry with the production line. But in all honesty, it’s not very interesting. What’s interesting are things like Le Mans 1966, where Ford won. It was a first not only for the brand but also for America. Other things like rallies and touring car racing, where Ford dominated. Ford may be one of the most popular car brands in the world, but it’s also one of the fastest.
Ford was the company that brought power to the people, literally. Back then, if you wanted to go fast, you had to buy a supercar, until Ford came along. Ford started making fast cars that were affordable, practical and easy to live with. Cars like the Mustang in the United States or the Escort RS in Europe. To make things even better, Ford has owned a few big companies over the past few years that have built some ridiculously fast cars. Here are the fastest cars the Ford Group has ever built.
9 Ford GT Mk1
The Ford GT Mk1 (not the GT40) was released in 2004 and let’s face it, it’s one of the sexiest man-made objects ever. It’s low, timeless, beautiful and wild. Even inside it looks and feels fantastic. However, strip away all that beauty and you find an engine from a van with a compressor attached to it. It was also inspired by one of the greatest racing cars of all time, the Ford GT40.
The supercharged 5.4-liter V8 develops 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. All of this was sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. It’s a scary car to drive, and it’ll hit 60 in 3.8 seconds before peaking at 205 mph.
8 Ford GT Mk2
In 2016 Ford launched the second generation GT. It was very different, as its design was not inspired by a 1960s race car. Nevertheless, it did well as a race car. Under the hood was a twin-turbo 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6, the same one found in an F-150 pickup truck. However, unlike the F-150, the GT’s engine is so much more brutal.
This car develops 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. All of this is sent to the rear wheels. As a result, this car can hit 60 in 3 seconds and top out at 216 mph. It’s a fast car, and it’s based on a race car that won its race class at Le Mans, which means it has some serious pedigree.
seven Ford GT40
Probably one of the best racing cars ever made. Everyone knows the story between Ferrari and Ford. Basically, the GT40 won Ford and America’s first-ever victory at Le Mans in 1966, followed by three more until 1969.
It features a monstrous atmospheric V8. The winning cars in 1966 and 1967 had wild 7-liter V8s. It was fancy European racing in an American rock and roll style (despite the first three-generation cars being built in England).
6 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
Power to the people! Why should all the Bourgeoisie in their Ferraris and Porsches have fun, while we peasants are left behind in our garbage Rovers and ugly Toyotas? It was on the minds of every British gearhead of the 1980s. Sure, hatchbacks existed, but they were by no means as fast as a supercar. If you wanted supercar speed, you needed supercar money, until the arrival of the RS Cosworth in 1986.
In a nutshell, the RS Cosworth obliterated these Ferraris, and it allowed your local builder to afford something that could outwit the police – which these cars often did as they were often stolen. In 1987, 500 Sierra Cosworth Specials were built to homologate the racing versions. It was called the RS500 and honestly it was so fast nothing could touch it. It had bigger turbos and a larger intercooler. Peak power was a stock 224bhp, but the engine could easily be tuned to push numbers of 500bhp.
5 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
After Ford embarrassed the 1% in their Ferraris with the Sierra Cosworth in the 1980s, they decided to do it again in the 1990s with the Escort RS Cosworth. It was an AWD whaletail monster that packed a 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder under the hood with 224 hp. However, this engine was easily tunable, so the power was endless for this car. It all depended on how much money you wanted to put into it.
He looked fantastic. Those wide arches, those big wheels and that whale tail spoiler. Suddenly the mundane Ford Escort went from a boring family car to something that made a Lamborghini look dull.
4 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Muscle is what Ford does best, and cars like the current GT500 Mustang prove it. It has a 5.2-liter “Predator” supercharged V8 under the hood with 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot of power, but you can have more. The Signature Edition (SE) model has 800 hp, which is hypercar territory.
The car features a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission rather than just a traditional manual gearbox. This car hits 60 in 3.3 seconds and flat out will do 180 mph. It’s not the fastest top speed, but that’s because Ford invested its time elsewhere in the aerodynamics and handling department. So this car can go fast in the corners. It’s one of the fastest Mustangs of all time.
3 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
Before the current GT500, there was the GT350, specifically the R model. It uses a flat-plane crankshaft configuration rather than a cross-plane. Additionally, it has a 6-speed manual gearbox which is the only gearbox choice available.
It’s a track-focused car with a track-focused chassis. However, it looks amazing. Like a real muscle car. The R model has carbon fiber wheels, the very first for a production car. It also has wider Michelin tires and better aerodynamics.
2 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake
It is a very rare car. The 1967 Mustang Super Snake was completely wild in every way. Under the hood was a Le Mans-winning V8 with 520 horsepower. Yes, you read that right. A 1967 car with 520hp. It hit 60 in under 5 seconds, which even today is outrageously fast.
A stronger gearbox was also fitted, along with better cooling and suspension. As a result, this car has become highly sought after by collectors, and it sells for millions these days at auction.
1 Ford RS200
Another motor racing special on the list, this time from the mad world of Group B rallying. It was a 444bhp four-wheel drive mid-engine supercar in Group B spec. to drive because it was light, short wheelbase and very very fast.
You could buy one for the road if you had the money in the 1980s. It was a race car for the road, with between 350 bhp and 450 bhp. The engine was a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 in road and rally form. The body was also made of fiberglass, so it was very light.
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