About a month ago, we watched a 2017 Ford GT make a top-speed run at Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida. In fact, it was the same car featured here, and that run took place on the same day as the video we’re featuring above. What’s the difference between the two clips, you ask? Today’s action isn’t a top speed run down the full 2.7-mile stretch of concrete. This is a standing mile, and the GT makes very short work of it.
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For the record, the video lists this car as a stock 2017 Ford GT. That means a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 generating 647 horsepower (482 kilowatts), sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The video also says the weather conditions for the run were excellent, with an overlay revealing temperatures in the 70-degree range Fahrenheit and modest humidity. To recap the full 2.7-mile run, the GT pulled hard to around 180 mph then started to plateau, though the speedo ultimately clicked off an impressive 213 mph before hitting the shut down area.
For the standing mile, launch control helped the GT pull no less than 0.8G on launch. 60 mph arrives in around 3 seconds and 100 mph comes in 7 seconds, not unlike the top speed run. Even at 130 mph, the GT is still pulling 0.4G, though by the time the mile-long run is completed, the accelerative forces are nearly back to normal. The time for sprinting from 0 to 182 mph is approximately 26 seconds.
It’s not the fastest supercar on the market, but anything that can reach airliner velocities in less time than it takes to microwave a hot dog is damn fast. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for future runs down the lengthy runway.
2017 Ford GT Reaches 182+MPH in a Standing Mile Test
The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds (JBPG) runway, located in Merritt Island FL. is not only the widest and flattest runway in the world but also close to the longest. For over 10 years, Johnny Bohmer has been performing Straight Line Aerodynamic Testing for many manufacturers and thousands of vehicles here. The all concrete runway is 3 miles long with an additional 1000 ft. asphalt runoff on each end. The runway is also 100 yds. wide with an additional 50ft wide traffic lane on each side and has an elevation variance of only 1⁄4 in. from north to south over the 3 miles making this one of the flattest, large surface concrete platforms in the world. You hardly notice the 24 in. crown in the center of the runway due to the immense width of the surface. In todays’ time, the availability of concrete would make this runway impossible to build. The traction is also substantially better here than any street surface; not as good as a drag strip, but much better than the street.
Johnny Bohmer has developed a program to debunk myths and fact check the manufacturer’s claims of vehicles performance. While testing the vehicles, Johnny’s team will data log each vehicle and record the findings. These have been useful to many manufacturers because of the vehicles ability to drive at speed for 2.5 miles while still have a safe, shut down area. Performance videos will be posted to the public on the recently started, Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds YouTube channel.
The vehicles being tested are timed and speed checked with Garmin and GoPro interior monitoring systems. External timing and speed are performed by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA) who is a sanctioning body accepted by numerous auto groups and the Guinness Book of World Records. Johnny and his team will routinely test 1⁄2 mile, 1 mile, 1.5 mile, 2 mile, 2.3 mile, 2.5 mile and 2.7 mile distances. Manufacturers come from all over the world to test many types of vehicles at JBPG including sports cars, race cars, tractor trailers, electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, fire safety, law enforcement and the list goes on.
On March 9, 2019, Johnny Bohmer had a small group of vehicles testing at JBPG; ranging from the Bugatti Chiron and Porsche GT2RS to the Ford GT and Nissan GTR. The weather conditions that day are listed below.
Dew point: 18C/64.4F Humidity: 73%
Wind: 00000kt (0 mph)
Surface Temp: 25C/77F
Dew point: 18C/64.4F Humidity: 61%
Wind: 09008kt (9 MPH) Wind Direction: Southeast
Surface Temp: 33.9C/93F
We tested a 2017 Ford GT in the standing mile and were eager to see the results.
The professional driver performed a standing mile test and was able to achieve a surprising, 182.082 MPH (293.033 KPH) speed.
One of the main functions of the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds is to safely determine all aspects of a vehicle’s performance capabilities while determining the accuracy of the manufacturer’s claims.
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