Ford GT Mk II – 700-HP Track-Only Supercar

  • The Ford GT Mk II is a new track-only version of the GT supercar.
  • It has a 700-hp version of the GT’s twin-turbo V-6 engine, a racing-inspired aero package, and a stripped-out interior.
  • Only 45 will be built at a cost of $1.2 million each.

    After being teased a few weeks ago, Ford has unveiled the GT Mk II at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in the UK As we expected, it’s a track-only version of the GT supercar that has been developed using knowledge gained from the GT’s soon- to-be-over racing program. The GT road car is limited in design and engineering by global homologation requirements, while the Le Mans-winning race car is bogged down by racing class restrictions and regulations, so the designers and engineers were able to go wild with the Mk II, as it doesn’t need to adhere to any set of rules.

    Immediately noticeable is the massive rear wing that replaces the regular GT’s active unit. Ford says that the dual-element wing “exceeds” the downforce produced by the race car’s wing. Other aerodynamic enhancements include a huge rear diffuser, a new front splitter, louvered front fenders, and dive planes on the front bumper. Ford says the Mk II makes over 400 percent more downforce than the roadgoing GT and that it will pull over 2.00 g’s of lateral grip.

    The GT’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine has been tuned to 700 horsepower, 53 more than the road car and 200 more than the race car. It uses the same seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as the road car, albeit with new tuning, and the Mk II remains rear-wheel drive. A new roof-mounted air intake looks awesome and feeds the auxiliary clutch, engine, and transmission coolers. There’s also a new high-capacity air-to-air outboard-mounted intercooler that incorporates a water sprayer to maximize its effectiveness under sustained high-load situations.

    Ford says the Mk II is more than 200 pounds lighter than the road car thanks to the removal of the hardware required for its adjustable ride height. Instead, there are five-way adjustable dampers along with a fixed, lower ride height. The Mk II uses the road car’s carbon-ceramic brake rotors, while new 19-inch wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport GT slick racing tires.

    The interior has been stripped out, with a dashboard even simpler than that of the road car, a rectangular race-car steering wheel, and a number of new controls. A display mounted on top shows info from a MoTeC data acquisition system as well as the view from the rear camera. The driver sits in a Sparco racing seat that has a six-point harness; a passenger seat is optional.

    Ford says that only 45 units of the Mk II will be built at $1.2 million each, which is around $700,000 more expensive than a regular GT, and it will be sold directly to customers by Multimatic, not Ford. The Mk II will start production at the regular Ford GT’s plant in Markham, Ontario, before being brought to a “specialist facility” at Multimatic to be finished.

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