While most of the details about the Model T are common knowledge, not many are aware of Ford’s history with speed. Before the Model T was launched, Ford had developed a race car called 999. It went on to set a speed record of 91.37 mph in 1904 and was presumed to produce anywhere between 70 and 100 horsepower. Since then, Ford Motor Company has gone ahead to produce multiple high performance cars.
Here is a list of the fastest Ford cars every built.
The first Ford Mustang Boss 302 was launched in 1969. It was produced until 1970. Ford decided to bring the model back in 2012. It still featured the legendary C stripe that first appeared on the hood of the original 302. Inside, buyers got a 5.0-liter V8 engine that could churn 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. This allows it to get from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Its top speed stood at an impressive 157 mph. Also, it could cover quarter of a mile in 12.7 seconds at 113 mph.
The Shelby GT 350 is a missile on wheels. The very first model was built in 1965 and was produced until 1969. The model came back in 2016 with two variants: GT 350 and GT 350R. The GT 350 featured a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 engine that made 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. This was the most powerful naturally aspirated engine that Ford had ever produced. The car got from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and had a top speed of 180 mph. It covered quarter of a mile in 12.3 seconds at 119 mph. The GT 350R retained the same specs as the GT 350 and was only 0.1 seconds faster.
The 2012 Ford Shelby GT 500 was the most powerful Shelby at the time. It featured an intercooled and supercharged V8 engine that could produce as much as 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque. It had a top speed of 202 mph and covered quarter of a mile in 12.4 seconds at 115.8 mph. Ford went ahead to make performance upgrades and exterior improvements over the years.
The 2005-2005 Ford GT was one of the fastest cars ever produced by Ford. It was powered by a 5.4-liter engine that made 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. This helped it get from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. It had a top speed of 205 mph and completed quarter of a mile in 11.2 seconds at 131.2 mph. At the time of its launch, it was priced at $150,000. There were only 4.038 units built by 2006, making it a fairly rare model.
The 2016 Ford GT was developed to commemorate the GT40’s win 50 years ago at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was and still is powered by a 3.5-liter twin turbo EcoBoost V6 engine that makes 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Ford claims that it has a top speed of 216 mph, launches from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds, and goes through quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds at 134 mph. This makes the Ford GT