Is there anything more American than a car unfettered by rules? A super car maximized for on-track performance? That car is breaking cover on Independence Day in of all places, but jolly old England. The car in question is a new, limited edition Ford GT Mk II bred for all-out performance on the road course and sold to just 45 fortunate buyers.
“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 officer, said. “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.”
To deliver a supercar that is 200 pounds lighter, pulls in excess of 2g on the skid pad, and packs 200 more horsepower than its racing cousin, Ford Performance and Multimatic, which builds the Ford GT, took what they learned in FIA and IMSA competition and applied to a production vehicle.
“The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn’t yet been fully showcased,” Multimatic’s Chief Technical Officer, Larry Holt said. “The road car is obviously limited by the 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.”
Spectacular is definitely the word. Doing what the team wishes it could do in racing, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is pumped up to 700 horsepower. The Mk II also receives aero improvements generating 400 percent more downforce. Meanwhile its lighter weight and fixed, five-way adjustable DSSV dampers help generate more than 2g of lateral grip.
Undoubtedly a potent performer, the GT Mk II makes its public debut in the Supercar class at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Multimatic will sell the Ford GT Mk II directly to customers and you can learn more at FordGTMkII.com. These track-bred supercars won’t come cheap, however, as the production run is limited to only 45 units that carry a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1.2 million.
Photography Courtesy of Ford Motor Company