Ford GT Mk II Has So Much Downforce It Can Drive Upside-Down

By any objective measure, todays Ford GT street car is unusually close in design to the GT race car that the Blue Oval competes with at racetracks around the globe. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the two can’t get even closer. Enter the Ford GT Mk II. Believe it or not, in many ways, this $1.2 million, track-only model is actually more potent than the company’s own factory race cars.

Ford GT Mk II

Unveiled at the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on Thursday, just 45 of these GT Mk II models will be produced. Ford officials tell Roadshow that these examples are earmarked to come out of the GT’s original planned allocation of 1,350 cars so as not to harm the resale or collector value of existing cars with a larger total production figure.

Like the GT street car, each Ford GT Mk II is powered by a version of the automaker’s volume 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine, a powerplant whose basic architecture it shares with the Blue Oval’s chief breadwinner, the F-150 pickup. However, that V6 is tuned here to deliver a nice, round 700 horsepower — 53 hp more than the road car and a whopping 200 ponies more than the race car.

That’s because racing-series sanctioning bodies tend to force certain design compromises in the name of parity and closer, more entertaining racing. But what if such restrictions weren’t a factor? About a year and a half ago, Ford and the folks at Canada’s Multimatic, which helped develop and assemble the GT, began to ask themselves just that.

Ford admits the Mk II wasn’t always in the company’s plans since the GT’s inception, but with enthusiasts behind the project like these, this car was arguably inevitable.

Power play

In order to extract that much additional power out of the engine and set up the car for track duty, the GT’s engine receives a roof-mounted air intake which supplies cold air to auxiliary coolers for the engine, clutch and transmission. There’s also a nifty new charge air cooler with water sprayer used to keep engine temps in check during particularly hard running.

Why no street?

If you’ve got fantasies about flouting your local laws and driving the Ford GT Mk II on the street, it’s worth noting that this racecar rides even closer to the pavement than the already ultra-low-slung GT street car, and unlike the latter’s trick adjustable ride height, the Mk II sits at a fixed ride height that probably wouldn’t be compatible with many driveways and poorly maintained surfaces.

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