For most of us, golf is one of those sports that’s relaxing and fun to play, but can be incredibly difficult to master. A very, very small percentage of golfers will ever play professionally, let alone have success on the PGA Tour. When you’re good, though, golf is one of the most lucrative sports around, with large purses to be won. One golfer that has been toward the top of the world rankings for years is British golfer Ian Poulter.
Poulter has won 16 professional tournaments since joining the European Tour in 2000 and the PGA Tour in 2005. Though he hasn’t won one of the four major tournaments throughout the calendar year, he has amassed an impressive net worth of $22 million. With his fortune, Poulter has also amassed a stunning car collection. One car in particular that Poulter is fond of is the Ford GT, one of the rare American supercars.
Poulter made headlines in 2014 when he announced he would be signing his 2005 Ford GT and giving it away to a fan. At the same time, Poulter was also selling his Rolls-Royce Ghost since he wasn’t driving it in favor of the Bentley Mulsanne he owns. Though that could have been the end of Poulter’s relationship with the Ford GT, he announced in summer 2017 that he’s getting back into one.
To go along with the five Ferraris in his garage, Poulter added a matte black 2017 Ford GT. You have to be super qualified to get your hands on one of them, as production started back up in 2016, and was very limited. With an intense focus on making each one perfect, Ford produces just one GT per work day, and only 250 are sold on a yearly basis.
Poulter was one of the lucky ones to qualify for one, and it comes with a base price of a whopping $450,000. The GT is truly a sight to behold, with a unique carbon fiber body that you wouldn’t expect to see from an American car manufacturer. Ford designed an all-new 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine to make this car unique, giving it an amazing 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque.
Ford says that their GT exhibits “one of the best power to weight ratios of any production car,” which is only 3,054 thanks to a fiber carbon body and minimalistic interior. The dihedral doors are also a nice touch, making it stand out even more (as if the GT really needed to). Gorilla Glass (which is used on your smartphone) further reduces the weight, as it’s used on all of the windows. Many consider golf to be a slow sport, but one of the best in the game has a ride that can perform on race tracks now.
Rated higher than other supercars such as the Lamborghini Aventador, the 2017 Ford GT has incredible performance. The GT can reach an incredible top speed of 216 miles per hour, which outperformed other cars made by Ferrari and McLaren just to name a couple. It’s not going to take you very long to get to the top speed in the GT, either, as it can go from a complete standstill to 60 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds using the seven speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.
Fuel mileage leaves a bit to be desired, which is surprising considering that Ford uses the EcoBoost engine in the GT. On the highways you can expect to get around 18 miles per gallon, but only 11 miles per gallon in the city. If you’ve ever driven through the streets of Detroit where Ford is based out of, you’ll know that driving on the highways can often feel like driving through the city at low speeds.
It’s all about performance and appearances with the GT, though, even if it’s not the most comfortable or fuel efficient ride. The seats don’t move in the GT, so you’ll have to adjust the steering column and pedals to achieve the perfect seating. There also aren’t a lot of the large touch screen monitors that you see in other expensive cars, with almost all of the buttons centrally located on the steering wheel so you can focus on tearing up the roads.
There is a high tech addition to the GT, however, with a heads up display that appears on the windshield, letting you know all of the basics of your performance. Driving is a breeze for even an inexperienced driver, as Ford knows that you want to look at the road and not at all of the bells and whistles. The large tires give the GT massive grip, with plenty of downforce to keep you on the road at top speed, making steering simple and fun.
There are a handful of test tracks that have been able to get their hands on a Ford GT that allow you to test one out, but buying one is a completely different animal. With a price tag that starts at $450,000, you have to answer a series of questions. Only 25 countries in the world are capable of getting one of the 1,000 GT models that will be created over a four year span, including the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
You’ll also be moved to the front of the line if you’ve previously owned a Ford GT that was made between 2004 and 2007, which is why Poulter got preference when shopping for his. The more miles you have on your previous GTs, the better, according to Ford. From there, you have to list any Ford that you’ve owned, as well as other questions that include how much you’ve made in your career and whether or not you’ve donated previous cars to charity. It’s an exclusive purchase, but you won’t be disappointed if you get the chance to own a Ford GT!