Being stuck behind a V6 in the fast lane is what living in Florida is all about. We didn’t know it was a national problem until Luke McGrew uploaded his track footage to YouTube. From one Camaro owner to another, I feel his frustrations. But the car he was tailgating was no ordinary machine. The new Ford GT is a twin-turbo V6 that won LeMans in 2016. The carbon fiber chassis is motivated by 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. Following close behind was Luke in his 2017 Camaro ZL1. It borrows the supercharged 6.2 liter V8 from the Z06 Corvette. It offers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
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The Ford GT looks to be at a disadvantage in power, but the Camaro loaded with the 10-speed automatic weighs in at 4,100 lbs. The Ford GT is around 500 lbs lighter, and probably a bit more slippery thanks to its smaller size. Each car also makes power in different ways. Ford’s EcoBoost engines need to rev in order to spool the turbos, but Chevy’s belt-driven intake manifold has available boost at all times. The Ford owner had to pay a premium to get his car this early, as supplier issues are slowing down production. Both drivers need an award for taking their new cars to the track instead of lining up on the street. A little courtesy goes a long way, so always remember to let the faster cars pass you. Ok Ford fans and Camaro comrades, tell us what happened at the end and stay with us for more supercars in action.