As Ford Performance and Multimatic prepare to start a new chapter in their partnership, it’s time to close the part that’s made waves since 2015. Production of the Ford GT is soon coming to an end, and after several special-edition models, this is the ultimate one. Say hello to the Ford GT Mk IV: a track-only supercar that is sure to find itself in only the most exclusive of collectors’ garages. Pricing starts at around $1,700,000 USD for the Ford GT Mk IV, and is the second track-only rendition that customers can buy. Production will be limited to just 67 units, and it’s $500,000 more than a Ford GT Mk II.
“Multimatic’s brief was to create the most extreme final version of the Ford GT, and the Mk IV is the outcome,” said Larry Holt, executive vice president, Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations Group. “A unique larger displacement engine, proper racing gearbox, stretched wheelbase and truly radical body has resulted in an unprecedented level of performance. We are proud to have been a part of the third-generation GT from its inception to this amazing swan song and consider it a significant chapter in Multimatic’s history.”
Along with the highly discernible looks that wouldn’t mistake the Ford GT Mk IV with any other variant, this track-only supercar punches out 800 horsepower from a “larger displacement” EcoBoost V6 engine, the most output from any production EcoBoost yet. The wheelbase is also extended slightly, giving way to a “long tail” design that was inspired by the original GT40 Mk IV.
The Ford GT Mk IV is named after the GT40 Mk IV race car from 1967, also known as the “J-Car.” Development of the Ford 427 cubic-inch V8-powered J-Car led to the untimely death of driver Ken Miles (J-3), before going on to win Sebring with Mario Andretti and Bruce McLaren behind the wheel later that year in chassis J-4. Chassis J-5, J-6, J-7 and J-8 would go on to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that same year, with the J-5 driven by AJ Foyt and Dan Gurney taking the overall win. Four laps ahead of the Ferrari 330 P4, too.
It’s the only all-American win in Le Mans history, a triumphing symbol of perseverance, and just what piles and piles of cash can do for a racing program.
Later in 1967, the FIA decided to change the rules of its endurance racing series, which included limited engine sizes to just 305 cubic-inches. Ford ended up pulling out of endurance racing after just one year of racing the Mk IV.
Deliveries of the Ford GT Mk IV will start in spring of 2023.