Ford and Multimatic introduce 700hp GT MkII variant

By CARSIFU | 5 July 2019

LONDON: Ford and Multimatic revealed the Ford GT MkII - a limited-edition track-only GT that represents this supercar's next stage in development at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The 45 examples, each priced from USD$1.2mil (RM5mil) before options, will be built in Markham, Ontario in Canada and will begin life at the main Ford GT plant before being transferred to Multimatic Motorsports where it will be crafted into the GT Mk II.

The 700hp (+200hp) 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine has been co-developed between Ford Performance and Multimatic and then mated to the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission used by the GT (albeit specially calibrated) and then paired with race-bred aerodynamics as well as competition-oriented components.

Ford GT MKII.Goodwood, England2nd July 2019Photo: Drew Gibson
It also requires the use of a high capacity air-to-air outboard mounted charge air cooler with water spray technology which automatically activates in high-temperature situations.

There's also a roof-mounted intake, reminiscent of the race car engine's, to direct feed to the auxiliary coolers of the engine, clutch and transmission.

The increased engine power is met with improved stopping power by utilising 15.5-inch front and 14.1-inch rear carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes that are partially hidden by forged aluminium 19-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport GT tyres.

The front fascia and hood of the Mk II are similar to the street-going car as well as the stylised Ford GT headlamps with signature running lights.

Interior changes include a bespoke Sparco racing seat with a six-point racing harness and an optional passenger seat.

Ford GT MKII. Goodwood, England 2nd July 2019 Photo: Drew Gibson
A full MoTeC data acquisition system has also added to provide vital information for a track racer, which also doubles as a display for the rear camera.

Other parts added include a large dual-element rear wing, new front racing splitter and diffuser have been incorporated along with new fender louvres and dive planes to help balance against the extra rear downforce.

These allow the GT MkII to generate over 400% more downforce than the Ford GT while fixed aerodynamic elements along with its race-proven suspension, Michelin Pilot Sport racing tyres and lighter weight, allows the car to achieve 2 g of lateral forces - or twice its weight.

The weight-trimming was achieved by removing the street car’s adjustable ride height mechanism and replaced by five-way adjustable DSSV shock absorbers to save it 90kg.

Ford GT MKII.Goodwood, England2nd July 2019Photo: Drew Gibson