The Ford GT to Rule Them All

There’s nothing that hurts worse than for GM or Mopar guys to admit that a Ford has come out on top. That’s precisely the result of the Performance Power Racing BADD Ford GT, a car that holds the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Standing Mile Street Car. To call the highly modified vehicle a monster would be an understatement, because it makes the Bugatti Veyron look like a Toyota Camry. The record was set at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the Shuttle Landing Facility runway, making the event that much more incredible to witness.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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  • Jimmy

    so what was it’s 1/4 mile time? The measure that 99% of performance cars are measured.

  • Al

    unfair, the GT never came with turbos.

  • Dan Urton

    That Ford GT was not ‘running’ from anyone. It wasn’t even stretching its legs yet.