By Steve Laser & Gregg Ziak
Thinking about going racing? Looking for a car that will separate you from the pack? Well, if you have at least $1.2 million to play with, Ford, and its partner Multimatic, will be happy to put you behind the wheel of its latest supercar, the GT Mk II. However, you’d better get in line fast, because only 45 units will be built.
The new limited-edition racer made its official public debut this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. Ford says the GT Mk II features a 700-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, race-proven aerodynamics, and competition-oriented handling.
In this video from Ford of Europe’s YouTube channel, watch the new GT Mk II take to the track at the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed. (video: Ford)
“The GT Mk II unleashes the full performance potential of the Ford GT without any artificial performance limitations dictated by racing sanctioning bodies,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “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.”
According to Ford, the Mk II is tuned to put out 200 more horses than its racing GT counterpart. Enhancements include a high-capacity air-to-air outboard-mounted charge air-cooler with water spray technology. The engine is teamed with a specially calibrated 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
In this second video from Ford of Europe, Larry Holt, Multimatic chief technical officer, gives a walkaround of the new GT Mk II and discusses its key features. (video: Ford)
“The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn’t yet been fully showcased,” said Holt. “The road car is obviously limited by many global homologation requirements that it must comply with, and the race car suffers from the restriction of the dreaded Balance of Performance, resulting in it being 150 horsepower down to the road car. The Mk II answers the regularly asked question of how would the car perform with all the limitations lifted: the answer is spectacularly.”
A weight-reduction program has eliminated more than 200 lbs. from the Mk II by removing things like the street car’s adjustable ride height and drive modes. Five-way adjustable shocks are said to work with a lowered and fixed ride height for improved handling. The Mk II rides on forged 19-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport GT tires.
Ford says that aerodynamic enhancements help to generate more than 400 percent additional downforce. There’s a large dual-element rear wing, new front racing splitter and diffuser, plus fender louvers and dive planes. A roof-mounted intake feeds the auxiliary engine, clutch and transmission coolers.
Compared to the GT street car, the interior of the Mk II has been refitted for racing. There’s a bespoke Sparco racing seat for the driver with a six-point racing harness, while a passenger seat is optional (for those brave enough to ride along on the track).
In addition, a MoTeC data-acquisition system has been installed to provide vital performance information for track racers. It also doubles as a display for the rearview camera.
The new track car is scheduled to be built in Markham, Ontario, Canada, at the main Ford GT plant and then transferred to Multimatic Motorsports’ specialist facility where it will be crafted into the GT Mk II.
Among its racing victories the Ford GT won the GTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016, exactly 50 years since the first of four successive Le Mans wins for the GT 40. Ford says that it concluded the competitive GT racing program at Le Mans this year. Meanwhile, it continues to race the GTs through the remainder of the IMSA season that wraps up at Road Atlanta in October.
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