A 2017 Ford GT has been spotted doing laps of the Nurburgring, but it doesn’t appear to be a wealthy owner using their car as Ford intended. A couple of clues point to Ford themselves testing the car, suggesting the company might have the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ in its sights.
Ford didn’t bother with any camouflage – the GT has been around for a while, and we even had one in our showroom recently – but it tested the car when the public weren’t allowed in. Only manufacturers were present at the time, which is usually when lap records are set and broken. The Ford GT is in full track mode, which lowers the suspension by a chunky 50mm and raises the rear spoiler.
Look closely and you’ll also spot the weird-looking antenna on the roof. It’s very likely that this is an advanced telemetry device, which records the car’s speed, lap time and other data far more accurately than the on-board systems. As it’s on the Nurburgring, it would seem strange if Ford is measuring anything else.
The registration plate also shows that it’s the company doing the testing. The plate GT17 FOE has been on a Ford GT at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and one that’s been used for television work. We think this car is the same car.
It’s possible that Ford could be starting to test a hardcore limited-edition GT, in the vein of the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ or the Ferrari 488 Pista.
Although we can speculate why the Ford GT is circling the famous German track, nothing has been confirmed yet. We’ll bring you all the latest news when it happens, so make sure you keep an eye out!