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A Manufacturer Plate Car With Ford GT Mk II Parts And Multimatic Branding May Point To The Next Special Thing

Ford GT Mk II Final Edition Sendoff EcoBoost Hood Scoop V8

During the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ford Performance and partner Multimatic revealed the Ford GT Mk II. Only 45 of them will ever be made, and they will each start at $1.2 million USD, before options, such as a passenger seat. This unhinged, unconstrained version of the Ford GT race car sees a 400 percent downforce increase from the retired FIA/IMSA race car, thanks to a properly sized rear wing that looks like it came off a warplane, plus other regulation-free bits of bodywork. Combined with a track-specific Multimatic DSSV suspension system and Michelin race tires, this race-car-turned-supercar-turned-track-toy can pull an incredible 2G through a turn.

The Ford GT Mk II also sees a power boost of 200 hp from the race car, totaling 700 hp from its midship mounted 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. This is thanks to improvements with airflow and cooling, highlighted by a massive rear-mounted scoop above the engine bay. The GT Mk II is also a full 200 pounds lighter compared to the street legal version.

Despite the GT Mk II not being road legal, some of these high performance parts could find themselves on a send-off version of the Ford GT, which ends production in 2022 with a (sold-out) production cap of 1,350 units. And, based in photos published on a Facebook group by user Reed Miller, it’s very likely that’s the case.

Ford GT Mk II Hood Scoop Multimatic Spy Shots
Image credit Reed Miller, via Facebook.

Former Ford Performance Leader Hinted At Ford GT Mk II Parts For Street Car

Adding to the photo proof is our exclusive interview from 2020 with Ford Icons group leader Dave Pericak, who was formerly head of Ford Performance.

“We always up the game,” said Pericak to MC&T, when asked about what’s in the pipeline for the Ford GT supercar during the 2020 Chicago Auto Show – the last industry show since the COVID-19 pandemic put a year-plus long pause on things. “There are some things you could do (to bring Ford GT Mk II hardware to the street car) but we don’t wanna get it out of whack,” he said at the time.

Image credit Reed Miller, via Facebook.

Perhaps the massive wing will stay on the Ford GT Mk II for the sake of “not getting it out of whack”. But it definitely looks like the hood scoop and fender extractor vents are being tested on a manufacturer-plated GT for road use, which also appears to have design cues of the GT Studio Collection Edition, as well as Multimatic branding. It’s impossible to tell if there are horsepower upgrades to the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, but we can speculate that it’s plausible.

Rumors from a few years ago eluded that the Ford Performance team is planning a special sendoff variant of the Ford GT supercar before production ceases in 2022. It’s unclear if it will be able to exceed the output of the 760 horsepower found in the 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which is the most powerful production car the automaker has ever built.

We’ve reached out to Ford for comment, and they claim that this GT is “not Ford Motor Company property.” Which likely means it belongs to Multimatic, which builds the supercar for Ford in Markham, Ontario, and has an engineering facility in Novi, Michigan, near where these photos were taken.

Ford GT Mk II Goodwood Festival Of Speed
Ford GT Mk II. Image via Ford.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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