It has been a few months since Ford unvieled their hardcore track only version of their Ford GT supercar: the $1.2 million Ford GT Mk II. Limited to only 45 units, the Mk II isn’t just exclusive because of its high price tag. Along with that rarity comes the owner’s ability to have the car painted however they see fit, as the cars are begin assembly in white. Thanks to a tweet by Multimatic, the Canadian company responsible for building the GT Mk II, we now have a look at one of these track-weapons wearing a proper livery. Unfortunately, a photo of the front view was not shared.
The powder blue and orange paintwork found on this particular Ford GT Mk II should be familiar to those who are fans of the original GT40 from the 1960’s. And according to Multimatic, this particular GT Mk II will go to Google executive Benjamin Sloss, who is an avid supercar collector.
We’re told Multimatic has been building Ford GT Mk II supercars since late summer, but this is one of the few photo examples of one beyond the stock photos.
Worn by the last GT40 to win Le Mans in 1969, the Gulf livery is one of the most iconic in all of racing history. That particular GT40 Mk I, chassis number 1075, is rather special. Despite being the older Mk I model, FIA regulations made the newer 7.0L cars ineligible for the 1968 season. Ford opted to use the 425 horsepower 4.9 L V8 powered cars from the early 60s, to great success. Chassis 1075 is one of only two cars to ever capture an overall Le Mans win in two races, first in 1968 driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi, and again in 1969 wheeled by Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver.
There is no denying that the new Ford GT was designed to reclaim Ford’s previous Le Mans glory, with the Mk II representing the ultimate version of the current Le Mans winning platform.
Free of FIA regulations, the Ford GT Mk II sports a modified version of the racers 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6 with a total output of 700 horsepower (and it sounds the business, too). The GT Mk II is also fitted with a number of aerodynamic upgrades for optimal high-speed performance, producing 400 percent more downforce than the standard GT supercar. All of this combined with some 300 pounds of weight savings over the street car means that the Ford GT Mk II is faster than a GT3/GTD class car around the road course.
Rumor has it that there may be something even greater than this track-only supercar on the horizon from Ford and Multimatic. Time will tell if this holds true.