Ford GT Mk II

While the automotive world has been obsessing over America’s newest entry into the mid-engine sports car segment – the 2020 Corvette Stingray – Ford has unveiled a new version of their racing derived GT: the Ford GT Mk II.

Ford is only going to produce 45 examples of the Ford GT Mk II, and each will cost $1.2 million. And with that comes the freedom for customers to have their vehicles painted however they want.

According to the folks at Motor Authority, every Mk II will be shipped as a body in white, as Ford wants every owner to have the opportunity to livery the car as they see fit. There is no doubt that we are going to see many of these cars wearing a classic Gulf paint scheme, but it will be very interesting to see what owners choose to do with these cars. The one thing the owners almost certainly won’t do, is take their Ford GT Mk II to the racetrack.

Ford GT Mk II

While the Ford GT has a reputation for being a racing car for the street, this new Mk II version is a track car through and through. Starting with the racing chassis, Ford has taken the rulebook from the sanctioning body and thrown it out the window.

Adjustments to the 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6 have raised output to 700 horsepower, making this the most powerful version of the Ford GT yet. The Ford GT Mk II also wears a massive amount of aerodynamic bits to stick it to the track. The Mk II is so sticky in fact that it produces 400 percent more downforce than the standard GT, and is capable of pulling over 2G of lateral grip.

Ford says this new GT has also shed 300 pounds of weight compared to the street car, by removing unnecessary features such as the adjustable suspension and drive selector system. The result is a car that Ford says is faster than a GT3/GTD class car on a road course. That is seriously capable for a track day toy.

Ford GT Mk II

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.

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