The new Ford GT was on Top Gear yesterday, but what have we learned from the 12 minute segment, if anything?
They did show beautiful footage of the GT driving along Pacific Coast Highway and racing around Laguna Seca. They did mention Le Mans history and how Ford beat Ferrari 50 years ago, as well as last year in the LMP2 class. They did mention performance numbers which we already knew.
What they didn't do is provide any new numbers - specifically, there was no lap around Top Gear test track. It is Top Gear tradition to take new supercars around the track and compare laps with previous generation cars. There was significant demand and pressure from fans to do this with hypercar trio, and eventually, despite protest from Ferrari, it did happen.
This time it looks like Ford is "pulling a Ferrari" and banning Top Gear from doing timed lap in fears of bad publicity if GT fails to beat older competition.
This is not based on financial fears of cars not getting sold - Ford GT is already sold out. This is more about fear of bad publicity, remember - these supercars are more than just premium products, they are "halo cars" that carry brand reputation.