It all starts with throwing out any intention of this being road-legal.
Sadly, the GT Mk II has not been homologated for road use, and can only be used on the track. When Ford learned Enzo Ferrari would consider selling, it seemed promising.
The biggest additions are aero related. The result is more than 400-percent more downforce than the Ford GT. Michelin Pilot Sport GT racing tires help the GT Mk II pul more than 2Gs of lateral grip.
The changes are visual, the vehicle featuring a dual-element rear wing, a new racing splitter and diffuser, new fender louvres and dive planes. Ford says the result is a 400-percent improvement in downforce when compared to the Ford GT street auto. We hope you've been doing your neck exercises.
The GT Mk II has been co-developed with Multimatic.
Ford will sell an even faster, even more powerful version of its Ford GT supercar for $1.2 million. By contrast, the Mk II features a fixed (but lower) stance and five-way adjustable DSSV shock absorbers. It's still 5 mm higher than the GTE racecars, but is also lower than the road auto in its lowest setting. Multimatic also claims that the GT Mark II could compete against the LeMans-spec GT on a high downforce racetrack. It has no homologation rules it needs to comply with.More news: England vs. Sweden in 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup third place game
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Where the Mk II really scores over its siblings, however, is in aerodynamics. The straight pipe exhaust is routed close enough to the diffuser that Ford felt the need to put gold foil on the top to deflect the heat it produces.
Engineers have paid a lot of attention to the aerodynamics, and Ford says that there is a 400 per cent increase in down-force when compared to the road auto. This gets air from the roof-mounted intake, which is always cool. The air-to-air outboard charge cooler utilizes the feature; the water spray automatically engages in high-temperature situations, applying atomised water via sprays on the charge air cooler itself.
Ford says it will build 45 of the ultra-exclusive Ford GT Mk II track-only supercars.
The original Ford GT Mark I, later nicknamed the GT40 for its lithe 40-inch overall height, debuted at the Nurburgring 1000 km on May 31, 1964. The road car's adjustable ride height and drive modes have been removed, contributing to a 200lbs weight saving. The brakes are taken from the road auto and sit behind 19-inch wheels. For the driver, there's a specially designed racing seat with a six-point harness. A full MoTeC data acquisition system has also added to provide vital information for a track racer, which also doubles as a display for the rear camera.
Since weight savings were a priority, the passenger seat in the GT Mk II is optional. At a minimum of $1.2 million a pop, that comes out to at least $54 million in automotive muscle, as every single model will undoubtedly find a buyer.
Ford says that will only make 45 GT Mk II units so as not to harm the resale or collector value.