• Track-only version of Ford GT bows
  • Boasts 700 horsepower
  • Only 45 will be built
  • Price tag set at $1.2 million

 

If the 647-horsepower, 216 mph production version of Ford’s GT supercar simply doesn’t address your performance needs you might consider the track-only Ford GT Mark II. Making its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Ford GT Mark II is essentially a Ford GT taken to its ultimate limit, without the restrictions of road use or homologated racing bodies.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s Chief Product Development & Purchasing Officer, described the Ford GT Mark II as “the ultimate expression of performance for the Ford GT. It combines all of the learnings we’ve had from our motorsports program without any of the restrictions of balance of performance. It really allows us to optimize every element of the vehicle.”

Lighter, more powerful

That lack of restriction results in a 700-horsepower version of the Ford GT, with around 1,900 pounds of downforce at 150 mph. Weight is reduced by over 200 pounds, to 3,064 pounds, while the fixed, dual-plane rear wing, louvered front fenders and an aggressive front splitter work with 19-inch Michelin slicks to keep the Ford GT Mark II pinned down at speed. Get enough heat into the slicks and the Mark II can generate up to 2Gs of lateral force.

The Ford GT Mark II’s sparse cabin features two custom Sparco seats and a MoTeC data logging system, along with much of the Ford GT road car’s interior features. These include the standard gauge cluster and carbon fiber surfaces. But don’t look for typical safety equipment, as the Mark II replaces the road car’s airbags with 5-point racing harnesses and a fire-suppression system.

Roof scoop and recalibrated transmission

Other Ford GT Mark II track-oriented features include a roof-mounted scoop to cool the recalibrated 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission and larger side (outboard) coolers with a water spray system. These larger radiators can soothe the twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6, maintaining its 700 horsepower even under the most demanding track day conditions. 

What’s the price of the Ford GT Mark II?

Ford has committed to building 45 Ford GT Mark IIs, with deliveries starting in August and running through the end of the GT’s production in 2022. These 45 Mark IIs are part of the 1,350 total Ford GT production run. The Mark II’s starting price is $1.2 million, which may seem like a lot of money for a car you can’t even drive on the street, but Ford says 30 of the 45 units are already sold. Previous Ford GT ownership is not a condition for buying a Mark II, and there’s no 2-year restriction on re-selling it.

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