A few days ago, Ford held a unique event at the Motorland race track near Barcelona, pitting eight of its Ford Performance cars against each other in an epic, hot-lap battle.
These included the Ford F-150 Raptor, Fiesta ST (previous and new generation), Focus RS, Mustang GT, Mustang Shelby GT350R and Ford GT (road car and race car).
They were all driven by members of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team, namely Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, Olivier Pla and Stefan Mücke from the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Dirk Müller, Joey Hand, Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The cars went head-to-head in a staggered time trial around one lap of the 5.345km track, culminating in an 8-way battle through the final bends and finish straight.
Six of the vehicles were powered by EcoBoost engines, from the small 1.5L 3-cylinder to the big 3.5L twin-turbo V6 that, under the hood of the Ford GT, generates 647 horsepower and a top speed of 347 km/h. The Mustang GT naturally exploited the iconic 5.0L V8 engine, while the Shelby GT350R used the 526-horsepower 5.2L V8.
“Ford Performance offers vehicles that are so capable at very different things and their strengths showed on the track.”
- Richard Westbrook, who drove the Focus RS
Just watch the exhilarating video and find out who won the race!