While they may not seem it, both the Ford GT road car and the FIA WEC GTE racing version are compromised. The road car has all sorts of laws to comply with, while the racer has to be heavily restricted for the Balance of Performance, actually making it 150bhp less powerful.
The solution is the Ford GT MkII. It “answers the regularly asked question of how would the car perform with all the limitations lifted: the answer is spectacularly,” says Larry Holt, technical chief of the car’s builders Multimatic.
It’s a track-only, ultra-focused special, with a fully uncorked 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 running just under 700bhp. It feeds power to the rear wheels via the same seven-speed automatic gearbox as the road car, but it’s been recalibrated with heavy track use in mind.
The adjustable ride height and driving modes have been ditched, knocking 150kg off the weight figure. It still runs Multimatic DSSV dampers, but they’re now fixed in a low ride height position.
The MkII has also sprouted a huge new dual-element rear wing, which – not bound by FIA regulations – is able to generate more downforce than the one on the racer. There’s a new front splitter too, plus louvres and dive planes. All told, it’s good for 400 per cent more downforce than the road car.
Factor in the Michelin Pilot Sport GT slick tyres that are fitted on the car’s 19-inch forged aluminium wheels, and you’re looking at a car that’s able to pull 2g lateral. RIP your face.
To keep the car from overheating when you’re in full track day bro mode, there’s a new air-to-air charge cooler with a water spray function that kicks in during particularly high temperatures. A roof scoop, meanwhile, sends air to the GT’s auxiliary engine, clutch and gearbox coolers.
The price for all this? $1.2 million. Only 45 will be made.
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