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Ford GT Mk II: When the rules go out the window

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Ford GT Mk II is a collaboration between Ford Performance and Multimatic. Ford GT Mk II : Quand les règles passent par la fenêtre

Track-only supercar developed independently of the rules and regulations of the racing series.

The Ford GT Mk II joins a rich history that includes an epic battle with Ferrari.

Before that. Before the Ford GT Mk II. In the 1960s, Ford chairman Henry Ford II (Hank the Deuce) wanted Europe's most prestigious racing crowns - more specifically, he wanted Le Mans. When Ford learned that Enzo Ferrari would consider selling, it looked promising. Ford invested many resources in scouting Ferrari operations, but negotiations over the racing division fell through and the deal ultimately fell through.

Ford took it personally.

Beat Ferrari!

What is the Ford GT Mk II?

Power & Performances: The Wild West

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Ford GT Mk II: Price & Availablity

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Beat Ferrari! Ford GT Mk II : Quand les règles passent par la fenêtre

Michigan's message to the UK was clear when Ford used Eric Broadley's Lola GT. The car was state-of-the-art for its time, with a powerful small-block V8 designed specifically for the mid-engine chassis. The Lola GT later became the Ford GT, and under the direction of Carroll Shelby, the "Mark II" GT40 won the famous 1-2-3 sweep at Le Mans in 1966. 50 years later, in 2016, and with Ferrari on the pursuit, the Ford GT would take over the GTE Pro class at Le Mans. The now legendary rivalry is the subject of a new film, due in November, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale.

Ford completed its GT program in the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship at Le Mans in the GTE Pro class this year. Yet the GT, its history and now its legacy are among what we can consider racing's most impossible dreams; if such a thing exists. That said, it seems like the perfect time to launch a new GT, which is exactly what happened at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​recently.

Ford GT MkII. Photo: Ford Motor Company.

What is the Ford GT Mk II?

The limited-edition, track-only supercar is a collaboration between Ford Performance and Multimatic. The GT Mk II builds on lessons learned from Ford's FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaigns. However, the GT Mk II is designed outside the parameters of these respective series.

“The GT Mk II unlocks the full performance potential of the Ford GT without any artificial performance limitations dictated by racing sanctioning bodies,” said Hau Thai-Tang, director of product development and purchasing, Ford Motor Company. . “These are the closest GT owners can come close to winning Le Mans performance and the exhilarating feeling of crossing the finish line in the Ford GT race car.”

"The GT's true off-the-shelf performance capability has yet to be fully showcased," added Larry Holt, Multimatic Technical Director. "The road car is obviously limited by the many global homologation requirements it has to meet, and the race car suffers from the dreaded balance of performance restriction, resulting in 150 horsepower for the race car. road. The Mk II answers the regularly asked question of how the car would perform with all limitations lifted: the answer is spectacular. »

The Ford GT Mk II is a collaboration between Ford Performance and Multimatic. Photo: Ford Motor Company.

Power & Performance: The Wild West

In the absence of regulations and with an open drawing board, the Ford and Multimatic teams cracked. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine benefits from the Wild West mentality, now generating 200 more horsepower than the GT race car. With a total of 700 ponies, the Mk II is the most powerful Ford GT ever. These ponies hit the tarmac via a specially tuned seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

A host of race-inspired elements aid engine performance. For example, the aerodynamic modifications allow it to generate over 400% more downforce than the Ford GT! The rear wing exceeds what the Ford GT race car offers in terms of downforce alone. To balance out that extra rear downforce, the front features a new splitter, diffuser, louvers and dive planes. Slip on the Michelin Pilot Sport racing tires and you get over 2g of lateral grip. Ford GT Mk II : Quand les règles passent par la fenêtre

It's obvious, but the Ford GT Mk II is lighter and more agile. The regular GT's adjustable ride and ride-height modes are reduced for a weight saving of nearly 200 lbs. In contrast, the Mk II features a fixed (but lower) stance and five-way adjustable DSSV dampers.

keep it cool

“Water Spray Technology” (which is exactly what it sounds like) keeps the Ford GT Mk II from getting too hot. The outdoor air-to-air charge cooler uses this function; the water jet engages automatically in high temperature situations, applying atomized water via jets to the charge air cooler itself. This allows the GT Mk II to maintain higher power levels, despite higher temperatures. The roof intake also helps, directing air to the auxiliary engine, clutch and transmission coolers.

Brake? Yes. And only the best. A Brembo carbon ceramic package derived from the GT street car.

A bespoke Sparco racing seat with six-point racing harness and optional passenger seat are among the interior highlights. Photo: Ford Motor Company.

Ford GT Mk II: Price & Availablity

Only 45 examples are available for a starting MSRP of $1.2 million. Ford and Multimatic have set up a special website where ownership inquiries can be directed. The Mk II is built in Markham, Ontario and then sent to a Multimatic Motorsports facility for the rest of its upgrades.

Carl Anthony studies mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, serves on the board of the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan. Prior to returning to school, he held concurrent product development and experiential marketing positions in the automotive industry.

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