Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Track-only Ford GT supercar receives 700bhp and handling tweaks

Track-only Ford GT supercar receives 700bhp and handling tweaks

Ford will exclusively build 45 GT Mk IIs priced at $1.2 million every. Slap on the Michelin Pilot Sport racing tires and you're pulling more than 2 g of lateral grip. Ford, in partnership with Multimatic, have used the knowledge gained in FIA and IMSA WeatherTech endurance racing to develop the MkII into a monster that does not adhere to any rules other than the laws of physics. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine benefits from the wild west mentality, now generating 200 horsepower more than the GT race auto. Yet the GT, its story, and now its legacy stand among what we may consider racing's most impossible dreams; if such a thing exists.

That process is enabled by the fact that not only is the GT Mk II ineligible for GT racing, but it's not actually road legal, either.

The Ford GT Mk II is a new track-only version of the GT supercar. For added weight saving, a bespoke Sparco racing seat replaces the standard driver's seat. Part of that entails a large dual-element rear wing that provides even more downforce than the Ford GT race vehicle. It has been paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the Ford GT but specially calibrated for this track-exclusive application.

A roof-mounted intake reminiscent of the race vehicle engine air intake has been added for the Mk II to feed auxiliary engine, clutch and transmission coolers, giving the Mk II optimal cooling for the most extreme track day duty. A new roof-mounted air intake looks awesome and feeds the auxiliary clutch, engine, and transmission coolers. The partners started with a road-going GT, adding more extreme aerodynamic elements and upgrading the engine.

Ford removed the street car's adjustable ride height and drive modes, which resulted in 200-pounds of weight savings. II's capabilities well-past their own, to which a Ford spokesperson said, "We are investigating the potential for a GT Mk".

Engineers have paid a lot of attention to the aerodynamics, and Ford says that there is a 400 per cent increase in down-force when compared to the road vehicle. The new GT "Mk II" is the result of development between Ford Performance and Multimatic, who developed the Le Mans-winning GTE race auto. Ford didn't say if the Mk II would surpass the Shelby GT500 Mustang's 760 hp to become its most powerful production vehicle. That makes it around 54PS more powerful than the road-spec GT and a whopping 200PS more than the restricted Le Mans racer. In its place are high-performance DSSV (Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve) dampers with a lower ride height than the road model. At a minimum of $1.2 million a pop, that comes out to at least $54 million in automotive muscle, as every single model will undoubtedly find a buyer. A Brembo carbon ceramic set derived from the GT street vehicle. In the off-chance you need reverse, aside from pulling out of the garage or pit area, there's no way you're seeing anything behind you.

Like this: