Ford Introduces the GT Mk II at the Goodwill Festival of Speed
The Ford GT Mk II was developed by Ford and Multimatic based on lessons learned from Ford’s successful FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This racer produces 700 horsepower from a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and was created free of race series rules, regulations, and boundaries.
“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.”
“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.”
Several keys factors come together to give the GT Mk II an edge on the track. A dual-element rear wing and front racing splitter and diffuser work together to help balance out rear downforce. A race-honed suspension and Michelin Pilot Sport racing tires empower the car to pull more than 2Gs of lateral grip. Removing the production version’s adjustable ride height and drive modes frees up 200 pounds. Five-way adjustable DSSV shock absorbers use a lowered and fixed drive height to improve handling and make the Mk II aerodynamic.
The GT Mk II’s main ingredient is a 700 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine coupled to a specially-attuned seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This is 200 more horsepower than the race car produces and keeps its cool courtesy of a roof-mounted air intake that keeps the auxiliary engine, clutch, and transmission coolers cooled, even in extreme racing conditions.
Interior appointments feature a bespoke Sparco racing seat, optional passenger seat and a MoTeC data acquisition system.
Drivers interested in buying a GT Mk II should contact Multimatic by checking out FordGTMkII.com.
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