While the French do a healthy business in shrugs and even, when equipped, mustache twirls, they are for the most part an undemonstrative people. Yet the Ford GT’s abrupt transition to its Track mode—the car dropping two inches as hydraulic actuators compress its supplemental coil springs, the rear wing rising with an equal suddenness—is impressive enough to coax a collective sigh of appreciation from the group of Le Mans corner workers and other informed spectators watching as the car readies itself to head onto the famous circuit. Although we’ve brought the new GT back to the site of its most celebrated racing win, the 2016 class victory taken in its first entry to the 24-hour race, this is not an exploration of what the car is capable of on a track. Our photographic use of Le Mans’s short Bugatti circuit happens during a lunch break, and even though in France that equates to two hours, access is on the condition that we drive gently enough not to trip the noise meters. The bigger question, and the one we haven’t been able to answer so far, is how the GT deals with the real world or, at least, the approximation of… Read full this story
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