Ford GT MkII: 690bhp of unbalanced performance

Published: 04 July 2019

► The ultimate Ford GT for the track
► 45 being made at $1.2 million a pop
► 690bhp, around 200bhp more than GTE car

Ford may be leaving the World Endurance Championship, but that hasn’t stopped it releasing a new, more extreme version of its Ford GT racer. Revealed at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Ford GT MkII is an unrestricted evolution of the Blue Oval's GTE racing car – without the leash of the WEC’s field-levelling Balance of Performance rules. It’s basically the Porsche 919 Evo of GTE cars – and it looks fantastic. 

Ford says there’ll be just 45 examples of the track-only supercar made, and they’ll weigh in with a starting price of $1.2 million (£950,000) each.

‘The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn’t yet been fully showcased,’ said Multimatic’s chief technical Officer, Larry Holt. ‘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… The Mk II answers the regularly asked question of how would the car perform with all the limitations lifted: the answer is spectacularly.’

Are these the leftovers of the GTE car, then?

Despite what it looks like, this isn’t Ford selling the remaining bits of its GTE programme – this is actually a very different car. Like the racing car, the Ford GT MkII rolls off the same Ontario production line as the road car, but then takes a diversion to Multimatic Motorsports, the outfit behind the race cars. 

The MkII uses essentially the same 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine as the racing car, but a lack of restrictor plates mean it now produces some 690bhp – some 200bhp more than the race car, and 50bhp more than the road car. That’s right, the racing car is around 150bhp down on the road car, because BoP. 

As well as letting the engine loose, Multimatic also bolts on racing car parts to the Ford GT MkII, and the performance of them actually exceeds those on the racing car. For example, that huge dual-element wing generates more downforce than that on the racing car. And when combined with the racing car's front splitter and diffuser, there’s a 400% downforce increase over the road car! 

150kg has been shaved from the kerbweight by removing the road car’s novel right-height tech and drive modes, and both have been replaced with racing suspension and five-way shock-absorbers – but remember, this is a track-only special. 

Read our review of the Ford GT road car here

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast