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Ford has unveiled a new track-only, limited edition, ultra-high-performance supercar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The company calls it the GT Mk II, and has designed it to be a no-holds-barred machine built only for the track.
The Ford GT Mk II is not road or street legal, and it has not been designed for a particular racing series. This means it is one of those cars that is built with the sole purpose of being fast, really fast. It seeks to find out what is possible without road or sport restrictions, and designers have made maximum use of the freedom to maximize the engine and aerodynamics.
The GT Mk II features an upgraded 3.5-litre twin-turbo Eco-boost V-6 engine that produces 700bhp - 50bhp more than the current GT road car, and about 200bhp more than the regulation-restricted and recently-retired Le Mans Ford GT. This makes it the most powerful Ford GT ever built. The supercar features a roof-mounted air intake scoop, and a water sprayer system to cool the charged air cooler.
Engineers have paid a lot of attention to the aerodynamics, and Ford says that there is a 400 per cent increase in down-force when compared to the road car. The company also says the GT Mk II can achieve upwards of 2G lateral grip, thanks to its large dual-element wing, new splitter and diffuser, as well as other aerodynamic revisions.
There also has been focus on reducing weight with the road car's adjustable modes and ride height being replaced with five way adjustable Multimatic DSSV shock absorbers and a fixed ride height. Ford says this has shaved off over 90kg, and has improved handling and aerodynamic efficiency. The car also has 19-inch wheels with race-spec Michelin tyres, and carbon-ceramic brakes. A passenger seat is an optional on this road-rocket.
The GT Mk II has been co-developed with Multimatic. Multimatic have played a big role in developing the current Ford GT road and race cars. The Mk II also made its worldwide track debut on the Goodwood hill climb course earlier today.
Ford announced last month that it would make a special Ford GT supercar announcement at the Goodwood event, and released a teaser image of the car in silhouette.
Ford says it will build only 45 units of the GT Mk II, and has set prices starting at USD 1.2 million. That is roughly Rs 8.22 crore, plus taxes.
Larry Holt, Chief Technical Officer, Multimatic, said, "The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn't yet been fully showcased. The road car is obviously limited by the many global homologation requirements that it must comply with, and the race car suffers from the restriction of the dreaded Balance of Performance, resulting in it being 150bhp down to the road car."
"The Mk II answers the regularly asked question of how would the car perform with all the limitations lifted: the answer is spectacularly," he added.
Thoughts About The Ford GT Mk II Supercar
Right, first things first, we're trying to figure out how to put the monies together. Some of us are already discussing the car, and some are coming up with some cunning plans. We cannot wait to see this car in action, and we hope Ford airs this live! We can't wrap out heads around absolute unrestricted power figures and performance. Somehow reminds us of Ford Vs. Ferrari. Time to call the genius.