Ford GT vs Porsche 996 GT2

As part of ford ‘s effort to showcase and revive its heritage names such as Mustang and Thunderbird, the American-made Ford GT began its life as a concept car. Based on the original GT40 that won Le Mans, the first generation 2005 Ford GT went on to become a modern supercar icon.

Meanwhile, the Porsche 996 GT2 was primarily designed as an outrageous road car, unlike its predecessor. The new GT2 featured a twin-turbocharged version of the GT3’s 3.6-liter flat-six engine. Both roadworthy, both extremely powerful, both monstrous, but who wins? The Ford GT or the Porsche 996 GT2.

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Why Was The 996 GT2 So Controversial?

Let’s begin with the Porsche 996 GT2 – probably the most controversial model of the 996 generation Porsche 911. In recent 911s, it was the fastest, scariest, most focused, and most expensive; it divided options like no other 911. But one thing is for sure, it was exciting, to say the least. A prior 993 generation 911 GT2 was available, and it was equally scary, but the 996 series was different. The new generation appeared calmer and more civilized than its predecessor, however looks can be deceiving. A tweaked 911 turbo engine accompanied a rear-wheel-drive system with no stability control, less weight and insane power delivery, a car only for the brave-hearted, is it a surprise that it was nicknamed ‘The Widowmaker’? I think not. In fact, the GT2 was perfectly suited to its purpose because talented and skilled drivers could maneuver it effortlessly around a racetrack at incredibly high speeds.

When it comes to the question of what you got for your money with the GT2, it’s easier to start with what you didn’t get. There is no four-wheel drive, no stability control to keep you from getting into trouble, no rear seats, and even the glass used on the windows and windshield has been thinned to save weight. Under the leading edge of the bonnet, a very narrow grille was added, and on the rear, you lost the rear spoiler which, in the turbo, flipped up and down depending on your speed. Extra air intakes tucked into the wing supported to feed the turbochargers to again improve performance!

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Strange But Genius From Porsche?

Carbon fiber trim was used throughout the cabin of the GT2 to give it a race car feel. Race car-themed seats were trimmed in leather and had enormous wings on each side, completing the race car-inspired interior. In place of the rear seats, laid deep, carpeted wells, in some people’s opinion a strange choice but in fact quite a clever move by Porsche as back seats in many sports cars are completely useless, it freed up language space and decreased weight at the same time. 483 hp was at its disposal, with a 0-60 mph time of 4 seconds and an incredible top speed of 196 mph!

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How Did The GT40 Compare?

The Ford GT40 debuted at a similar time as the 996 GT2, but possessed a much larger supercharged MOD 5.4-liter V8 engine and a competition-tuned suspension. The all-aluminum engine had been fitted with high-flow, four-cylinder heads and dual overhead camshafts to allow all 550 hp to be released. Besides the horsepower of the Ford GT being slightly higher than the 996 GT2, its top speed of 205 mph and 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds was considerably faster than that of the GT2.

The GT featured a long front overhang, reminiscent of 1960s race cars, and every line and every curve was inspired by the original. The GT was designed with a contemporary posture, with sweeping cowls, subtle accents, and fiber optic headlamps. The front fenders were arched on 18-inch wheels and Goodyear tires with white lettering. Like a traditional championship race car, the GT40 had doors cut into the roof, and a protruding rear quarter panel that acted as a cooling scoop, directing fresh air to the engine. The car’s profile finishes at the integrated ducktail spoiler.

Rather than modifying the existing platform for the GT40, SVT chassis engineers developed an all-new aluminum space frame made of extruded profiles and aluminum sheets. The lattice frame provided a rigid foundation for the engine and powertrain and allowed for the use of purpose-built composite body panels. The subframe consisted of a central cab section, a front suspension subsection, and a rear drivetrain chassis mount bolted together for ultimate rigidity.

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If the availability and money is there to purchase either of these insane supercars then do it, if you’re a bit of a daredevil, who isn’t afraid of power, speed or acceleration, well pretty much don’t have any fear at all then the Porsche 996 GT2 is the car for you, however, if you’re after a fierce and powerful machine that’s not as likely to harm you then the Ford GT40 is the car for you.

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