VIDEO. Ford GT sets slowest ever lap of Silverstone. In a box

New Ford GT racer is the slowest vehicle ever around Silverstone. Sort of…

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In perhaps one of the strangest marketing campaigns we’ve come across yet from the Blue Oval, Ford has just set a new ‘record’ with its new World Endurance Championship-contending GT…for the slowest lap ever of the Silverstone International Circuit. Which took a whopping 2 hours 20 minutes. And we thought the now retired Nissan GT-R LMP1 Nismo was a dawdler…

Obviously there are a couple of asterisks that should be added here. Firstly, the race-spec GT wasn’t travelling under its own steam – it was actually in a ‘Clear Idea’ transport truck – and wasn’t actually on the Northamptonshire circuit at all. Instead, in a neat little ruse, both truck and Ford actually followed a 19km replica of Silverstone in the heart of London, a canny way to grab the attention of onlookers, commuters, and pretty much anyone with access to an iPhone and instagram.

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No doubt Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke and Billy Johnson will each be hoping their #66 GT will make slightly more rapid headway on the GT’s debut this weekend at the 6 Hours of Silverstone ahead of its much-hyped Le Mans return, as will Marino Franchitti, Harry Tincknell and three-time World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx in the sister #67 entry. And since we’re far too busy and important to go over them again, you can find details on the new Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT racer HERE.

Source – Ford Europe

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