Ford GT Mk II Is A Rule-Breaking Swan Song

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    Ford GT Mk II Is A Rule-Breaking Swan Song

    Ford GT Mk II Is A Rule-Breaking Swan Song
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    BY: BRANDON TURKUS
    JUL 04, 2019






    The Ford GT race car competed in its final 24 Hours of Le Mans as a factory backed team in June, only three years after it rolled back into France with a four-car squad built to kick Ferrari’s teeth in on the 50th anniversary of its legendary 1966 win. It won its class in that race, making the second-coming of the GT a legend for Blue Oval fans. But now it’s all over. Sort of. The GT’s competitive career is coming to an end, but Ford and its race partner Multimatic are sending the car out in style with the GT Mk II, a no-holds-barred track-only weapon designed for well-heeled enthusiasts that want to embarrass the competition at their local track days. Only 45 will be built, with prices starting at $1.2 million.

    That seven-figure sum yields a car that Multimatic’s Chief Technical Officer, Larry Holt, told Motor1.com “is as fast as any GT3 car.” It couldn’t outpace a GTE-spec GT at Le Mans, but Holt added that the Mk II might be able to outpace the Le Mans variant at a high-downforce circuit.

    But how? By completely ignoring Balance of Performance.
    The GT Mk II is subject to intensive body modifications designed to increase downforce. There’s a new dual-element rear wing, a larger front splitter, louvered fenders, new dive planes, and a more prominent rear diffuser. The fascia has more in common with the road car, but also creates a small amount of downforce And although the ride height is the same as the GTE car, the underfloor is lower. The result? A 400-pound increase in downforce over the race car. And if that’s not cool enough, there’s a giant roof scoop.

    Along with a 200-pound reduction in weight, race-spec Michelin Pilot Sport GT tires, and DSSV shocks, the GT Mk II can pull 2.0 Gs while cornering. When it comes to slowing down, the Mk II ditches the FIA-mandated steel brake rotors for a full set of carbon-ceramic brakes. Push hard enough, and the GT Mk II just might tear your face off.
    That’s after it rearranges your organs, because this car’s twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 packs 200 more horsepower than the Le Mans racer. In other words, this is the most powerful GT available, with over 700 horsepower. The Mk II is better setup to feed that monster engine, featuring larger air coolers and a water-spray system for better thermal management.

    The GT Mk II is debuting this weekend at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will be competing in – and based on our experience at past Festivals, winning – the supercar shootout.

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    Re: Ford GT Mk II Is A Rule-Breaking Swan Song

    It's cool and all, but I'm a bit disappointed that it isn't a road going car. I guess it'll be able to show tails to an FXX-K or AM Vulcan if they'd ever meet.
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    the GT Mk II can pull 2.0 Gs while cornering
    Holy sh**. Do you have to wear a flight suit while driving it?
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    It's a track car and like every other Ford GT, you'll have to get on a list before you can get n line to pay $1.2 million as there's only 45 to be made.

    More power, more down force, what a weapon and that's all without even considering C8 Corvette track versions.

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    Without knowing the weight on this thing I don't see it being anything that is going to be class breaking, the Aston Martin Vulcan packs 820BHP and has a weight under 3,000 pounds so I expect this to be a good bit slower then that car. Really though depending on weight this car still might be slower then the ZR1 Corvette around VIR for example as it might not be enough to make up the 6 second gap the ZR1 Corvette had over the Ford GT there (same day test). With that being said then what really makes this look like a pointless exercise is if it won't add much performance to the equation then not being street legal for example while the Corvette ZR1 is makes one wonder why bother? besides the fact that they will likely sell them.

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    Re: Ford GT Mk II Is A Rule-Breaking Swan Song

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    It's cool and all, but I'm a bit disappointed that it isn't a road going car. I guess it'll be able to show tails to an FXX-K or AM Vulcan if they'd ever meet.
    I thought the same thing when I read that it was going to be a track only car. No VIN, so you'll only see them at car shows.

    Quote Originally Posted by roadkillz View Post
    Without knowing the weight on this thing I don't see it being anything that is going to be class breaking, the Aston Martin Vulcan packs 820BHP and has a weight under 3,000 pounds so I expect this to be a good bit slower then that car. Really though depending on weight this car still might be slower then the ZR1 Corvette around VIR for example as it might not be enough to make up the 6 second gap the ZR1 Corvette had over the Ford GT there (same day test). With that being said then what really makes this look like a pointless exercise is if it won't add much performance to the equation then not being street legal for example while the Corvette ZR1 is makes one wonder why bother? besides the fact that they will likely sell them.
    The press releases mentions at least 200 pounds are off just from ditching the lift system for crawling over speed bumps. And I would gander that in the hands of a qualified driver, it would make up the difference to the ZR1. But, the C7 won't have an answer to this. Which is convenient since the C8 will be ME. Also, as much as I would be disappointed that it isn't road legal (if I could afford one & be on "the list"), you wouldn't want any combo of Viper, ZR1, & GT to be at the same stop light. Take it to the track.
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    Re: Ford GT Mk II Is A Rule-Breaking Swan Song

    with only a 200 pound weight loss then it won't be faster then the Aston Martin Vulcan, I guess it is convenient that this Ford GT will be much cheaper then the vulcan (though as if anyone buys a million plus dollar car doesn't care about performance per dollar), the Vulcan is faster, sounds better, and looks better. Though all the ZR1 would need is about 200-300 pounds dropped and it would stay ahead of this Ford GT at VIR.
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    It doesn't matter, they're only making 45 of them and that's for people who want to compete with them and I bet every one of them is sold, probably could have sold them ten times over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpd80 View Post
    It doesn't matter, they're only making 45 of them and that's for people who want to compete with them and I bet every one of them is sold, probably could have sold them ten times over.
    This and not street legal - really a non-event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kool1 View Post
    This and not street legal - really a non-event.
    Actually a 54 mil event. It's not like they developed a brand new chassis, engine, etc.
    Ford is 1.2 million times better than GM at PR and in the same time milking the cash cow while having a super nice halo supercar, street legal or not. Building heritage, promoting the company, all while selling them for a ****load of money.
    Talking about "sending the car out in style".........while GM is cancelling the Z/28

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    Re: Ford GT Mk II Is A Rule-Breaking Swan Song

    Precisely, these are track cars going to people Ford hopes will use the cars and promote Ford in competition. You might have the odd collector or two but as we've seen, Ford doesn't want people buying these cars just so they can flip them for more cash.

    Whatever GM does is their business but this is a great way to send off the Ford GT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpd80 View Post
    Precisely, these are track cars going to people Ford hopes will use the cars and promote Ford in competition. You might have the odd collector or two but as we've seen, Ford doesn't want people buying these cars just so they can flip them for more cash.

    Whatever GM does is their business but this is a great way to send off the Ford GT.
    These are not competitive cars, you keep saying compete with them when these cars are like the Ferrari XX models and the Aston Martin Vulcan to name a few. this are not street legal cars and they do not comply with any racing sanctioning body rules to compete competitively, these are expensive track day toys.

    With that being said this does high light the real reason why the Corvette is going mid engine, as they will be competing in the luxury sports car market and be able to charge these kind of prices. I really do like the Ford GT (even if I think it would be cooler with a Voodoo engine pushed to its limits) and I like what they did here. Though for anyone who thinks that this is done for any reason other then being an expensive track day toy and are trying to make sense of it then you truely don't get it. Cars like these do not sell on performance or price let alone performance/price ratios but on many other points otherwise no one would buy anything but American and Japanese performance cars and we know that this isn't the case.

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