Friday, July 5, 2019

This is the Ultimate Version of the Ford GT Supercar: Meet the Ford GT Mk II


Ford Performance, with the help of Multimatic, a Canada-based engineering company has come up with the Ford GT Mk II, a limited edition (of a limited edition) supercar that’s destined only for the race track.

Based on their competitive learnings from Ford’s successful FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaigns, the Ford GT Mk II is engineered independent of race series rules, regulations, and limitations. In short, it unleashes the full performance potential of the Ford GT.

Limited to just 45 vehicles worldwide, the Ford GT Mk II will cost USD 1.2 million (~ P 61.37 million).



Unrestricted by any racing sanctioning body, the Ford GT Mk II features the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine in the race car and road car, but actually develops 200 more horsepower than the race car. With 700 horsepower on tap, it’s the most powerful version of Ford’s supercar. This engine is paired with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic that’s specially calibrated for track use.

More than just outright power, the GT Mk II adds some innovative engine cooling tech such as a high capacity air-to-air outboard-mounted charge air cooler with water spray. 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.

The Ford GT Mk II is distinguished by its large dual-element rear wing that exceeds the level of downforce provided by the GT racecar. It also gains an all-new front racing splitter and diffuser with fender louvers and dive planes. All in all, it makes 400 percent more downforce than the road-going Ford GT. And together with the extra-grippy Michelin Pilot Sport racing tires, it pulls more than 2 g of lateral grip.



It’s also lighter and more agile. The street car’s adjustable ride height and drive modes have been removed, providing a weight savings of over 90 kg 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.

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.

Inside, 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.

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.

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