For those who don’t know, the standing mile involves a car starting from a standstill and accelerating as quickly as possible for a full mile. Just like with a quarter mile, the final speed is measured as a way to brag about how fast a vehicle is. The car achieved a top speed of 283.232 mph, making it the official fastest production car in the world as verified by Guinness. That knocked the Veyron’s record off the top of the heap, which was 268 mph. The French car also did not hit that speed in a mile but had to use the Nardo Test Ring, making the BADD Ford GT just that much more impressive.
The setup of the Ford GT is pretty extreme. According to Performance Power Racing, the powertrain kicks out 1,700 horsepower. The car still has its 5.4-liter V8, but it has been mated with twin turbos and a larger intercooler than what comes stock. Different internal components in the engine were replaced with higher-performance versions that are made of pandalloy, which is a special type of aluminum alloy used in aerospace applications.
The materials is lightweight, can resist high temperatures, and offers incredibly strength, making it perfect for handling the extreme conditions placed on the engine. The special parts were created with the help of Pratt & Whitney. To accommodate the modified engine, the tuning shop also revamped the fuel system so that 25 percent more fuel flowed to the engine in a given period of time, which was necessary to make all 1,700 horses. To better handle the heat generated by the incredibly powerful engine, a small change in the layout of the cooling system was made. The gearbox amazingly was only modified to add strength.
People who have a lot of money can taste at least a little bit of the thrill that Bohmer and his team enjoyed in Florida. The record run was the perfect marketing opportunity, helping spread the word that Performance Power Racing is making pandalloy car parts that promise to revolutionize motorsports.
Will Bugatti or some French tuner get upset that an American car has embarrassed them? Maybe, but they might be too busy sipping an espresso and eating cream puffs to really do anything about it.