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Ford Performance range faces off on track

By Chris Thompson, 30 Jan 2018 News

Ford Performance range faces off on track video

From Ford F-150 Raptor to Ford GT, the full range of fast Fords takes to the track

You think the last track day you went to was intense? Did you overtake a Ford F-150? Did a Le Mans racer overtake you?

Ford has opened up the Ford Performance garage to offer a group of Chip Ganassi Racing Team drivers one of the strangest track days you’ll see for a while.

Just about the only thing all of these cars have in common is their badge.

In the video released by Ford, each vehicle gets to take on the track for one lap, but with a staggered start.

First up, and with an 11 second head-start, is the 3.5-litre twin turbo EcoBoost-powered F-150 Raptor. With Aussie boy Ryan Briscoe at the helm, it takes a fair while before any of the others get a chance to catch up.

Two Fiesta STs, a 2017 and a new 2018 car, leave the line 11 and 13 seconds after the Raptor. The two seconds accounts for the fact the new ST is slightly more powerful with 147kW – 13 more than the old one.

Five seconds after that, the Focus RS gets to leave. But it’s closely followed by a new Mustang GT.

A Mustang GT350R followed ten seconds later, but then the big guns set off.

Two Ford GTs, one a road car and one a Le Mans competitor, followed the pack of fast Fords around the track.

Driving the GT road car, Olivier Pla likely felt quite at home, considering he’s regularly competing in the race version at Le Mans.

“Obviously driving the Ford GT was great around Motorland. You can clearly feel and it is obvious to see how fast this car is. Driving the Ford GT at the limit is very special. The car is a work of art!”

By now, you’ve probably got some idea of roughly how the finishing grid looks, but give the video a watch and see for yourself. It’s an awesome video regardless.