Some cars were clearly engineered to go down a straight in the fastest time possible. Others, to drive themselves, or corner with enough G’s to make you lose control of all facial muscles. We know this because their press releases say so — except with fancier buzzwords. The Ford GT Mk II’s however, states that it was “engineered independently of race series rules, regulations and limitations”. What this translates to then, is a car that’s so mad it’ll never see its tires touch an expressway.
Like it’s existing stablemates, the Ford GT Mk II is born of a pedigreed lineage. The Ford GT began life as a concept car to celebrate the company’s 2003 centenary, only emerging two years later with its first generation. It was a generous tribute to the firm’s historically significant GT40, the American firm’s pride of joy having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race four times consecutively from 1966 to 1969. Always raced in Gulf’s iconic blue and orange colours, the chassis number ‘1075’ had a place in the books as one of the world’s most important racing cars.
What the Mk II does here then, is answer the all-important question of what the Ford GT would be like without the restrictions faced by global homologation requirements (for its road variants) and performance limitations (for its race variants).
Fittingly, the American thoroughbred was launched just earlier today in tandem with the 4th of July festivities at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. As the “closest GT owners can get to the 2016 Le Mans-winning performance”, the Mk II sees 700hp packed into its tuned twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine. With 53 more horses than the road car and 200 more than the racing one, this is Ford’s most powerful GT available.
Aerodynamically, the Ford GT Mk II produces 400 percent more downforce than the GT road car, topping out at more than two lateral G’s quite easily when paired with its slick Michelin racing tires. Ford has gone so far as to suggest that the car could theoretically drive upside down if it drives beyond 241kph, when it generates more downforce than the car weighs.
Because weight savings is key, creature comforts have been removed to create what we can only imagine will be the most thrilling yet terrifying drive of your life. There will be no driving modes and adjustable ride heights, nor will there be airbags. In its place, a five-way adjustable shock system, a specially-designed racing seat for the driver, a race-car steering wheel, and a FIA-approved roll cage.
A passenger seat is optional, but you don’t need anyone slowing you down.
Only 45 units of the Mk II will be built, and each will sell for US$1.2 million (S$1.63 million), making it even harder to get hold of than the reinvigorated version from 2017. That variant saw Ford announce an additional 350 vehicles on top of the original 1,000-car run when supply outstripped demand six-to-one.
As per usual Ford GT protocol, expressing your interest in this track-day toy will require more than a statement of your bank book —you’ll need to apply here with perhaps a heartfelt essay or two.