Top Gear host Chris Harris just handpicked a small field of seven contending cars for Top Gear‘s “Performance Car of the Year” award, and the all-new, 2017 Ford GT supercar has made the cut – because of course it has. This means that the 647-horsepower Le Mans winner will be competing against six other notable performance machines on a road trip around Scotland, including the Lamborghini Huracán Performante and McLaren 720S.
“First of all, this thing has to come,” Harris said, gesturing to the 2017 Ford GT. “It’s spectacularly clever, and its chassis is developed to work on the track or on the street.” He called the car “supple” even when the suspension has been shifted into its firm, low-riding performance mode.
While many of Top Gear‘s field of Performance Car of the Year contenders are exotic, high-priced fodder for bedroom posters, a share of the original field of thirteen cars are much more attainable, such as the Honda Civic Type R. Clearly, this isn’t the sort of test where heaps of power and all-out performance capability will necessarily win the day.
That said, we’d still put the Ford GT’s chances at pulling off a win at “very good” to “great”.