Ford celebrated America’s independence day at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the debut of its latest collaboration with Multimatic: Ford GT MK II. The Ford GT MK II is engineered independently of race series regulations, rules, and limitations. Production is limited to 45 vehicles, each start with an MSRP of $1.2 million.
“The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn’t yet been fully showcased,” said Multimatic’s Chief Technical Officer, Larry Holt. He noted many global homologation requirements limit the road car and the race car suffers from the Balance of Performance, which results in 150 horsepower less than 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,” Holt said.
Since a sanctioning body does not limit the MK II, the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost operates at its full capacity with 700 horsepower, 200 hp more than the race car. It has been paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the Ford GT but specially calibrated for this track-exclusive application.
To keep the engine cool, the MK II features a high capacity air-to-air outboard-mounted charge air cooler with water spray technology.
According to Ford, the water spray automatically activates in high-temperature situations by applying atomized water on the charge air cooler to maintain a consistent level of power at high temperatures.
Meanwhile, a roof-mounted intake reminiscent of the engine air intake on the racecar has been added for the MK II to feed the auxiliary engine, clutch, and transmission coolers.
Power Meets Performance
The GT MK II features a large dual-element rear wing that exceeds what the Ford GT race car offers in terms of downforce. Additionally, a front racing splitter and diffuser along with new fender louvers and dive planes, help balance out the extra rear downforce.
Ford removed the street car’s adjustable ride height and drive modes, which resulted in 200-pounds of weight savings. The MK II has a lowered and fixed ride height to work with the 5-way adjustable DSSV shock absorbers to improve handling and keep the MK II as aerodynamically efficient as possible.
Unique forged aluminum 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport racing tires cover the massive 15.5-inch front and 14.1-inch rear Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, derived from the streetcar which exceed the stopping power of the racecar.
In total, the aggressive aerodynamic changes enable the GT MK II to generate 400 percent more downforce than the Ford GT and the fixed aerodynamic elements with race-proven suspension allow the car to pull more than 2Gs of lateral grip.
The MK II takes elements from the Ford GT racecar that was built for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and won the GTE Pro class on its first attempt in 2016; precisely 50 years from the beginning of four successive Le Mans victories for the Ford GT40.
Recently The GT racecars concluded the FIA World Endurance Championship racing program in the GTE Pro class at the 2019 Le Mans in the GTE Pro class. The racecars will finish the remainder of the IMSA season, concluding at Road Atlanta in October.
The GT MK II also receives elements from the Ford GT production car, which made its first Goodwood appearance in 2017.
The GT MK II makes its public debut running in the Supercar class at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The MK II resembles the Ford GT with its stylized headlamps and iconic running lights, in addition to its front fascia and hood.
Inside, drivers sit in a bespoke Sparco racing seat with a six-point racing harness and an optional passenger seat. A full MoTeC data acquisition system doubles as a display for the rear camera and provides vital information for a track racer.
The Ford GT MK II will be sold directly to customers by Multimatic. For more information, visit FordGTMKII.com.