XCAR has put together what it believes is a first – a drag race between Ford's legendary, Le Mans-winning GT40, the more recent GT supercar it inspired and the little-known GT70 rally car. The three mid-engined monsters were all built for very different purposes, and not surprisingly, they come to battle with very different powertrains.

The GT40 is powered by a thumping, naturally aspirated V8. This example, which looks like a Mark IV model, is likely powered by a 7.0-liter engine, although it's not entirely clear how much power it's putting down. The GT70, meanwhile, was Ford's response to the Lancia Stratos. Considering that the Lancia is one of the greatest rally cars in history and many of you are probably just hearing of the GT70 for the first time, you can imagine how much success Ford had with it. Only six were produced before a change in regulations doomed this mid-engined rally car.

The Ford GT, meanwhile, doesn't really need an introduction. 550 horsepower is on offer from a 5.4-liter, supercharged V8, which keeps the GT competitive even against more modern supercars. 60 miles per hour arrives in well under four seconds while the top speed sits at 212 mph. Not bad for a car that went out of production in 2006.

XCAR tried to conduct the proceedings as fairly as possible. There'd be a one-run drag race, although as they're on the front straight of circuit and not an actual drag strip or air field, it's difficult to discern just how far they're running. Still, the results shouldn't be an enormous surprise. Take a look at the full video below.


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      foci
      • 1 Year Ago
      The GT40 is a Mark III. The interior layout and 4 headlight design are the indicators. If this is an original car the engine should be a 289 CID / 4.7 liter V8. The mark IV is a very different car with the 7 liter engine.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @foci
        The Mark III was also the only road legal version, wasn't it? Though I would love to see how a 427CID Mark IV would have fared in this test.
      Jay
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously? No numbers?
      btulliani
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who knew a "GT70" existed. Come on Ford, build us a next generation GT.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      sennarose88
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's just missing the GT90
      Christopher
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well it\'s about dadgum time some one did this...excuse my filthy language.