It’s a track-only supercar that costs a whopping $1.2 million

Having spawned a successor race car, the Ford GT has been transformed into a track-only customer car. Called the Ford GT Mk II, it broke cover at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed and takes the American supercar to the next level by providing a program similar to those offered by Ferrari and McLaren.

The Ford GT Mk II is a GT race car for private use

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The GT Mk II is based on the GT race car but it's not restricted to racing series regulation

Created by Ford Performance and Multimatic, the same high-performance arms that crafted the GT road and race cars, the GT Mk II promises to deliver "the full potential of the Ford GT in a track-only version." In short, it follows in the footsteps of automakers like Ferrari and McLaren, which offers track-only versions of their range-topping supercars. Just like the Ferrari FXX K and the McLaren Senna GTR, the GT Mk II takes things up a notch but takes it to the race track. I guess it’s time to welcome Ford to this exclusive club.

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The Mk II begins life as a regular GT at the car’s main factory, but it’s being transferred to a different facility at Multimatic Motorsports where it’s modified for track use. The Mk II was developed based on learnings from Ford’s successful campaigns in the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship campaigns with the GT race car, but it’s not restricted to racing series regulation.

The Ford GT Mk II is a meaner version of the GT race car

Ford's Goodwood surprise is the MK II GT track monster
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The GT Mk II generates up to 400 percent more downforce than the GT road car

Like any track version of a road vehicle out there, the Mk II looks notably more aggressive than the road car. Actually, the GT Mk II looks meaner than its race-spec counterpart as well, mostly because it’s not subject to racing regulations. As a result, Ford was able to add a much larger rear wing in a dual-element design. The wing also extends farther away from the body, which increases downforce, placing it above that of the race car.

The wing is backed by a brand-new diffuser as well. An almost separate piece, the diffuser also extends away from the body and leaves a big hole in the lower bumper.

Although the front hood and headlamps remain unchanged, the bumper sports a revised intake layout and features a bigger splitter and a pair of dive planes on each side. It also has bigger louvers in the front fenders, as well as wider fenders and a revised outlets in the side skirts. Just like the race car, the GT Mk II sports a big scoop on the roof.

Ford's Goodwood surprise is the MK II GT track monster
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In all, the redesigned aerodynamic package enables the GT Mk II to generate up to 400 percent more downforce than the GT road car. That’s also more than the race car generates as well.

The Ford GT Mk II has a full-fledged racing interior

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The Ford GT is already very similar to a race car inside the cabin, but the GT Mk II takes things up a notch.

The supercar now features a bespoke Sparco racing seat for the driver, a six-point racing harness, and a steering wheel devoid of upper and lower rim sections.

Ford also modified the center console, now sitting higher and featuring a different button layout, plus a carbon-fiber cover. It also features a new screen atop the center stack, which is connected to a MoTeC data acquisition system that provides vital information for track use. The screen also acts as a display for the rear camera. A racing passenger seat is available as an option.

The Ford GT Mk II generates 700 horsepower

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The upgraded 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 generates a solid 700 horsepower

The Mk II features the same twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 engine as the road and race cars. But the EcoBoost was modified to generate more power. Although Ford doesn’t say what kind of upgrades it made, the unit now cranks out 700 horsepower. That’s 200 horses more than the race car and an extra 53 horsepower over the road-going model. All told, the GT Mk II is the most powerful version of the current Ford GT.

All that oomph travels to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch. The transmission was borrowed from the road-going model, but it was recalibrated for this version in order to handle the extra power and more aggressive driving on the race track.

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Ford removed the adjustable ride height and the drive modes in order to save more than 200 pounds

The upgrade engine needs better cooling, so Ford added some new cooling technology as well. Upgrades include a high-capacity air-to-air outboard-mounted air cooler with spray technology that activates automatically. The scoop on the roof also sends additional air to the engine, clutch, and transmission coolers to keep the cool during high-speed driving at the track.

Moving over to the suspension system, Ford removed the adjustable ride height and the drive modes in order to save more than 200 pounds. The GT still rides on five-way adjustable shock absorbers though. Stopping power comes from carbon-ceramic brakes as standard. The Brembo-made rotors measure 15.5 inches in the front and 14.1 inches in the rear. The 19-inch wheels are wrapped in race-bred Michelin Pilot Sport GT tires for extra grip.

The Ford GT Mk II is exclusive and very expensive

Ford's Goodwood surprise is the MK II GT track monster
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If you thought that the GT, limited to only a few hundred units per year, was exclusive, then you should know that the GT Mk II will be built in just 45 units. And it’s expensive too, fetching $1.2 million before options. That’s a massive hike from the regular GT’s base price of just under $500,000.

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Ford and Multimatic today reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed the Ford GT Mk II, a limited-edition, track-only GT that represents the next stage in Ford GT performance.

With a 700 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, race-proven aerodynamics and competition-oriented handling, the GT Mk II has been co-developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic based on competitive learnings from Ford’s successful FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaigns with the Ford GT race car yet GT Mk II is engineered independent of race series rules, regulations and limitations.

“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.”

Limited to just 45 vehicles, with a starting MSRP of $1.2 million, the GT Mk II joins the GT race car that won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Ford GT supercar.

“The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn’t yet been fully showcased,” said Multimatic’s Chief Technical Officer, Larry Holt. “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.”

Built in Markham, Ontario, the Mk II begins life at the main Ford GT plant before being transferred to a specialist facility at Multimatic Motorsports where it is crafted into the Ford GT Mk II.

The Best of Both Worlds

The Ford GT Mk II is focused around aerodynamic and engine improvements and shares key features with both the street-legal GT supercar as well as the GT race car. Many of its components have been track-proven in the world’s most challenging endurance racing events.

The large dual-element rear wing exceeds what the Ford GT race car offers in terms of downforce. An all-new front racing splitter and diffuser have been incorporated along with new fender louvres and dive planes, which help balance out the extra rear downforce.

These aggressive aerodynamic changes enable the GT Mk II to generate over 400 percent more downforce than the Ford GT while fixed aerodynamic elements along with its race-proven suspension and Michelin Pilot Sport racing tires enable the car to pull more than 2Gs of lateral grip.

GT Mk II is also lighter and more agile. The street car’s adjustable ride height and drive modes have been removed, providing a weight savings of over 200 pounds while 5-way adjustable DSSV shock absorbers work with a lowered and fixed ride height to improve handling and keep the Mk II as aerodynamically efficient as possible.

The Ford GT Mk II features the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that powers both the Ford GT race car and the road car but since the Mk II is not limited by any racing sanctioning body it is able to generate 200 horsepower more than the race car, making the Mk II the most powerful version of the Ford GT. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the Ford GT but specially calibrated for this track-exclusive application.

To add stamina to power, the GT Mk II adds innovative engine cooling technology, including a high capacity air-to-air outboard mounted charge air cooler with water spray technology. The water spray automatically activates in high temperature situations to provide cooling by applying atomized water on the charge air cooler allowing the Ford GT Mk II to maintain a consistent level of power at high temperatures.

A roof-mounted intake reminiscent of the race car 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.

Increased engine power is paired with improved stopping power. The Mk II features braking performance beyond that of the GT race car by utilizing the street car’s carbon ceramic brakes, including 15.5-inch front and 14.1-inch rear Brembo brakes. Unique forged aluminum 19-inch wheels cover the massive brakes with race-proven Michelin Pilot Sport GT tires.

The front fascia and hood of the Mk II are similar to the street car as well as the stylized Ford GT headlamps with signature running lights.

Interior changes include a bespoke Sparco racing seat with a six-point racing harness and an optional passenger seat. A full MoTeC data acquisition system has also added to provide vital information for a track racer, which also doubles as a display for the rear camera.

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The Ford GT production car, which made its first Goodwood appearance in 2017, is the most advanced and exclusive Ford road car ever, limited to volumes of no more than 250 a year, globally.

Built for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, the Ford GT race car has been a great success for Ford, winning the GTE Pro class at Le Mans on its first attempt in 2016, exactly 50 years on from the first of four successive Le Mans victories for the Ford GT40 at Le Mans.

Ford ended its competitive GT racing program in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the 2019 Le Mans in the GTE Pro class. The Ford GTs will continue to race through the remainder of the IMSA season which culminates at Road Atlanta in October.

The GT Mk II makes its public debut running in the Supercar class at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and will be sold directly to customers by Multimatic. Customers interested in purchasing a Mk II are invited to contact Multimatic via FordGTMkII.com.

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