Ford lifted the curtains on the new Ford GT MkII at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed after last week’s teaser. The new Ford GT MkII is a limited-edition, track-only car that is guaranteed to bring you track day domination, as long as you can bring the talent to the driver’s seat.

When compared to the Ford GT street car, the Ford GT MkII brings significant aerodynamic and engine improvements, that gives it the best of both street and race variants. Built independent of any race series rules, regulations, or 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, chief of Ford product development.

Created by Ford Performance and Multimatic, the Ford GT Mk II delivers the full performance potential of the Ford GT in a track-only version engineered independent of race series rules, regulations and limitations

On the aerodynamic front, the Ford GT MkII features a new large dual-element wing on the rear of the car, along with an all-new front racing splitter and diffuser. These work in conjunction with new fender louvers and dive planes that Ford says helps balance out the extra rear downforce. These new aerodynamic bits result in a staggering 400-percent more downforce than the standard Ford GT street car. Combined with a race-proven suspension featuring 5-way adjustable DSSV shocks and Michelin Pilot Sport race tires, the Ford GT MkII pulls more than 2Gs of lateral grip. Weight has been reduced by over 200 pounds. Insanity.

Created by Ford Performance and Multimatic, the Ford GT Mk II delivers the full performance potential of the Ford GT in a track-only version engineered independent of race series rules, regulations and limitations

Power for the Ford GT MkII comes from a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that powers the current road car and race car, but is completely uncorked since it does not have to adhere to any sanctioning body restrictions. This means the GT MkII generates an incredible 200-horsepower more than the current Ford GT race car. Power is delivered to the rear wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission calibrated specifically for track applications.

All this extra power requires extra cooling, and the GT MkII includes a high capacity air-to-air outboard charge air cooler with water misting technology. The water is sprayed automatically in high temperature situations to allow the Ford GT MkII consistent levels of power at high temperatures. A pronounced roof-mounted intake feeds the auxiliary engine, clutch, and transmission coolers.

Braking on the Ford GT MkII is handled by Brembo carbon ceramic brakes measuring 15.5-inches up front, and 14.1-inch rear Brembo brakes. The 19-inch forged wheels are specific to the MkII.

Production of the Ford GT MkII is limited to 45 units, and will come at a staggering starting price of $1.2 million dollars. For those with the means, the Ford GT MkII is going to be one of the best track toys in anyone’s arsenal.

 

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