This car makes reaching nearly 300 mph look effortless.

M2K Motorsports has a knack for making ever-increasing levels of performance from the previous-generation Ford GT, and the firm’s latest developments let the old supercar reach a record-setting 293.6 miles per hour (472.5 kilometers per hour) in the standing mile. Cameras inside the cabin and outside the car captured the stupendous performance.

The GT doesn’t launch off the starting line like you might expect. Instead, the beginning of the run actually looks fairly docile. However, the car just keeps building speed as it speeds down the runway. By the end of the quarter mile, the coupe is going 161.7 mph, and the Ford clocks 219.5 mph through the half mile.

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A 2006 GT serves as the base for this beast. A 5.4-liter V8 still sits behind the driver, but there’s extensive tuning. The factory six-speed manual still routes power to the ground. M2K Motorsports doesn’t detail the car’s output. However, the company’s GT reached 278.2 mph (447.4 kph) in 2013, and it had 2,000 horsepower (1,471 kilowatts) at the time. Even more muscle was likely necessary for doing another 15.4 mph (24.78 kph).

The latest Ford GT is an amazing supercar that incorporates cutting edge technology into a beautiful body, but the modern one can’t begin to offer the straight-line performance of M2K Motorsports’ highly tuned example. The 2017 version produces 647 hp (482 kW) and 550 pound-feet (745 Newton-meters) from a biturbo 3.5-liter V6. It allows the coupe to reach 216 mph (347 kph). The official 0-60-mph (97 kph) time isn’t yet known, though. An optional Competition Series package lets buyers slice off some weight but keeps the same engine output. Deliveries of the new model are only just beginning; so driving impressions versus the previous generation are practically nonexistent.

Source: Top Speed Racing Association, NCS Designs

 

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