The Ford GT Mk.II is what happens when one of the fastest road-going supercars in the world doesn’t have to comply with any regulations and becomes a track-only monster. It even goes a step or two beyond the Le Mans-winning GTE race car.
The headline figures here are an engine output of 700hp and downforce increased by 400% over the road-going GT.
The gigantic, dual-element rear wing produces more downforce than the regulated item on the race car. An equally gigantic front splitter and diffuser, front wing louvres and dive planes balance out the downforce.
Combined with suspension based on that of the racer and Ford claims the GT Mk.II can pull 2g through corners.
The Mk.II is 90kg lighter than the standard car. Rumour has it that touted 400% increase in downforce amounts to more than the thing weighs so it could, in theory, drive upside down.
The 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 engine’s 700hp is 53hp stronger than the road car and a whole 200hp more than the restricted race car. Cooling has been improved to cope with a water-spray system and the huge roof-mounted air scoop.
Ford hasn’t mentioned any performance figures, but expect it to be profound. 15.5in front and 14.1in rear carbon ceramic Brembo brakes haul it to a stop. 19in forged wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport GT rubber.
A modified version of the road GT’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox transfers the power to the ground. The drive modes have been ditched while the adjustable suspension works with a fixed, lowered ride height.
Just 45 examples of the GT Mk.II will be built, with a price of $1.2 million. Apparently, all are spoken for already.
There are now so many of these track-only, unregulated supercars out there now – McLaren P1 GTR, Aston Martin Vulcan, Porsche 935, Ferrari FXX K, Brabham BT62 and so on – that we, perhaps ironically, would very much like to see a race series for them.
By Graham King