The fantastic Goodwood Festival of Speed in England is taking place over the July 4th holiday, and in the weeks leading to this must-see celebration of international auto racing, Ford teased that it was going to make a major product announcement during the proceedings. It finally happened, with Ford resurrecting a glorious name from its competition past to brand a new, track-day-only version of the revived Ford GT.
Unveiled at the Goodwood estate, the new Ford GT Mk II is unusual in that it’s not designed or equipped to adhere to the existing rules or specifications of any individual race-sanctioning body. Look at the car: You can see the combination of strakes, scoops and spoilers that allow it to part the air more effectively. The Mk II, named in honor of the factory Ford GT fleet that swept the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, retains its turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, only with a variety of demon tweaks that give it fully 200 additional horsepower, bringing total output to 700hp. Those changes ignore the welter of homologation requirements that are rife in global racing, including the current Balance of Performance restrictions at Le Mans. The Mk II starts out on the dedicated Ford GT assembly line in Markham, Ontario, before being shipped to contractor Multimatic outside Toronto for completion. Ford intends to produce just 45 examples of the Mk II for sale worldwide. What’s the cost? How about a base MSRP of $1.2 million?