In case you weren’t satisfied with the regular Ford GT’s on-track performance, the automaker has just revealed an ultra-limited, track-only version of the supercar, dubbed the GT Mk II. Sporting some serious aerodynamic upgrades, a 700-horsepower engine, and a hefty price tag, it’s the wildest GT yet.
The Ford GT Mk II was co-developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic, the same motorsports company that had a major role in designing and building the road-going GT. The two teams took what they learned in FIA World Championship and IMSA competition and applied it to this car. Because the Mk II doesn’t have to adhere to the regulations of any racing series, designers were able to maximize performance from the drivetrain and aero package in any way they desired.
“The GT Mk II unleashes the full performance potential of the Ford GT without any artificial performance limitations dictated by racing sanctioning bodies,” Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing, said in a statement. “It’s the closest GT owners can get to the Le Mans-winning performance and exhilarating feeling of crossing the finish line in the Ford GT race car.”
The road-going car’s hydraulic suspension system and adjustable wing have been removed, replaced by five-way Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers and a dual-element fixed rear wing, saving 200 pounds. The wing, plus a new splitter and a handful of other aero, contribute to a 400-percent increase in downforce versus the road car. Combined with forged 19-inch wheels wrapped in race-spec Michelin tires, Ford claims the Mk II can pull over 2 gs of lateral acceleration.
The 3.5-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V-6 has been upgraded with a roof-mounted intake scoop and a water sprayer system to reduce intercooler temperatures, similar to those found on the M4 GTS and 911 GT2 RS. The track-only GT Mk II makes 700 horsepower—5o more than the road car, and a staggering 200 more than the regulation-restricted Le Mans race car. The brakes are Brembo carbon ceramic units that measure 15.5 inches up front and 14.1 inches in the rear. Inside, drivers are treated to a Sparco race seat with six-point harnesses and a MoTeC data acquisition system. A passenger seat is optional.
Ford says it will build just 45 examples of the GT Mk II, at a starting price of $1.2 million. The cars will go through final assembly at Multimatic’s headquarters in Markham, Canada, and order books are already open. If you’re willing to drop seven figures on a track-only Ford, head on over to the car’s dedicated website here.
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