This Ford GT has established a new standing mile record.
[UPDATE, April 4] The owners of The Texas Mile event have contacted us to offer more details about the record-breaking run:
"M2K had four runs for this March 2019 spring Texas Mile event at Victoria Regional Airport. Two shake-down runs where parts failed and had to be replaced: one on Friday for mile speed of 123.1 mph and one on Sat for mile speed of 168.1 mph: First part that broke was the clutch slave cylinder on Friday. It leaked fluid on the clutch so M2K dropped the tranny and drove to Fulshear and got spares from their shop. That was the original slave cylinder back to when the car was bought. They then cleaned the clutch, they thought, reassembled and tried to run Sat and the clutch spun on the Sat run. They removed the tranny again and the clutch that had clutch fluid on it as it could not be cleaned enough to ensure success. So, they put new clutch in with new slave and made the 299.2 mph pass and then added 2 more lbs of boost in 5th gear to run 300.4 mph. "
While we’re patiently waiting for the likes of Bugatti, Hennessey, and Koenigsegg to break the 300-mph barrier, this 2006 Ford GT has just been crowned the speed king. The very same Blue Oval supercar that reached 293.6 mph (472.5 kph) a couple of years ago to set a new standing mile record was at it again this past weekend.
During the last day of the Texas Mile event organized at the Victoria Regional Airport, the Ford GT hit 174.5 mph (280 kph) at the quarter-mile mark, reaching 240 mph (386 kph) at the half-mile point before the supercar effectively made history. At the one-mile point, M2K Motorsports broke the 300-mph barrier by topping out at an impressive 300.4 mph (483.44 kph) – all within a mile (1.61 kilometers).
It goes without saying this is far from being a stock Ford GT. It’s said to have a little over 2,000 horsepower at the wheels, but in reality, the car actually has more power, closer to 2,500 hp according to M2K Motorsports. The difference comes from the limitations of the dyno used to measure the sheer power of the upgraded 5.4-liter V8 engine since it simply can’t handle the entire output.
Hitting 300 mph within a mile makes us wonder how much faster it could go on a longer stretch of the road. We’d be curious to see the Ford GT in Germany at the Ehra-Lessien proving ground where there’s an unbroken straight measuring 5.6 miles (9 kilometers) where the speed beast could really stretch its legs. It will probably never happen, but Koenigsegg has proven you can set a new top speed record somewhere else, namely on Nevada’s Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump. Maybe this will give M2K Motorsports an idea…
Source: M2K Motorsports / Facebook, The U.S. Mile Top Speed Racing Events / YouTube