“Every setting is tuned to keep the Ford GT going as fast as possible” – this is how the Blue Oval describes the V-Max mode of its supercar. It lowers the ride height by 50 millimeters (1.96 inches) and tucks away all the aero elements to minimize drag and help achieve the top speed of 348 km / h (216 mph). YouTuber Shmee150 wanted to put that number to the test by taking his wonderfully specified GT on an unlimited section of the Autobahn in Germany.
As you are about to see, hitting Ford’s claimed top speed is easier said than done. During the first acceleration in Sport mode and with the launch control activated, the GT managed to climb up to 300 km / h according to the digital speedometer. That said, the smartphone’s GPS app displaying 295 km / h (183 mph) is a more accurate reading and Shmee argues that there was not much left in the GT to go faster than that.
With the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine getting pretty thirsty at full tilt and the GT having a small 15.2-gallon tank, it’s no wonder the fuel level dropped by just a quarter after just a few accelerations. difficult. Talk about the first world problems… The switch to V-Max mode really made a difference not only in terms of absolute top speed, but also getting there. It went up to 324 km / h (202 mph) by digital meter or 314 km / h (195 mph) depending on the app on Shmee’s smartphone.
This is still considerably lower than the official top speed of the Ford GT, but an impressive speed for a car with “only” a V6. Its tiny fuel tank reared its ugly head after top speed in V-Max mode, with available range dropping to just 4 km. It would appear that it’s not just electric vehicle owners who worry about range anxiety, even those who can afford a car that starts at $ 500,000 have a similar problem.
By being extremely careful with the accelerator pedal, Shmee finally reached the gas station and filled his Liquid Red GT. With a full tank, the supercar returned to the freeway for another sprint, but the traffic got in the way and he had to apply the brakes. The rear wing was mounted to act as an air brake and stayed there until the car came to a complete stop.
A longer, less traveled road where the Ford GT could really stretch its legs would likely allow the supercar to reach its claimed top speed, not that 202 mph is less impressive for a V6.