With racing tech aplenty, Ford’s GT Mk II is the ultimate track toy

Ford is winding down its GT racing program, but the Blue Oval still has one more surprise planned around the 216-mph supercar. At the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ford announced a hotter, track-only version of the GT, with a limited production run of just 45 cars. Dubbed the Ford GT Mk II, the new version is not road legal, but it also wasn’t designed to compete in any racing series. It’s just a fun toy for (very wealthy) fans of speed.

The Mk II was a joint project of Ford and Multimatic, the Canadian company that designed the GT race car and oversees production of GT road cars for customers. The partners started with a road-going GT, adding more extreme aerodynamic elements and upgrading the engine. Because they weren’t restricted by any racing regulations, or the need to make the car road legal, Ford and Multimatic were free to do whatever they wanted.

The GT Mk II sprouts a massive rear wing, front dive planes, and fender louvers reminiscent of the GT race car. They allow the Mk II to produce over 400% more downforce than the GT road car, according to Ford. The aerodynamic upgrades work with Michelin Pilot Sport racing tires to produce a titanic 2.0g of lateral grip in corners. Your internal organs will come unstuck before this car does.

Ford retained the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 used in other versions of the GT, but added more power. The Blue Oval wouldn’t say how much, though, only boasting that the Mk II is the most powerful version of the GT yet, with 200 horsepower more than the race car. Ford didn’t say if the Mk II would surpass the Shelby GT500 Mustang’s 760 hp to become its most powerful production car. To keep the tightly-packaged engine cool, the Mk II gets a roof-mounted air scoop and a system that sprays water into the charge air cooler.

The GT was never a luxury car, but Ford and Multimatic stripped away whatever convenience features it had. The road car’s adjustable ride height and drive modes were ditched, saving over 200 pounds, according to Ford. The car comes standard with a single Sparco race seat and six-point harness, the passenger seat is optional. Ford does include a MoTeC data acquisition system, with a display that doubles as the screen for a rearview camera.

Ford capped GT road-car production at no more than 250 cars per year, but the GT Mk II will make the road car look common by comparison. Just 45 Mk II track cars will be built, with a starting price of $1.2 million. Cars will be built by Multimatic in Markham, Ontario, starting on the regular GT production line before being moved to a special facility for finishing. If you’re willing to spend seven figures on something you can’t even drive to the local cars and coffee meet, reach out to Ford.

Updated on July 4, 2019: Added confirmation of the Ford GT Mk II, including details and photos.

Cars

There is no way to say pickup truck in emoji, and Ford wants to change that

Ford asked the Unicode Consortium to include a pickup truck in the database of emojis. The company is confident its request will be approved, and a blue pickup truck loosely shaped like an F-150 will be available in early 2020.
Cars

Ford and Roush built a Mustang inspired by a legendary WWII fighter plane

Ford and tuner Roush teamed up to build a one-off 2019 Mustang GT inspired by the P-51 Mustang World War II fighter plane. The car will be auctioned off to benefit programs run by the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Deals

Snag the Bose Soundlink Color II speaker for less than $100 on Prime Day

The best wireless speakers deliver premium sound quality in a compact package, and the Bose Soundlink Color II is more than up to the challenge. It is available on Prime Day for 31% off.
Cars

Volkswagen and Ford confirm partnership on electric cars, autonomous driving

Volkswagen and Ford have confirmed a major tech-sharing deal. It will give Ford access to VW's MEB platform, which will underpin many of the German automaker's future electric cars. The Ford MEB electric car launches in 2023.
Cars

Prepare to procrastinate: The 2020 Toyota Supra online configurator is now live

The Toyota Supra is back, and even if you can't afford one, you can still design your ideal version of the reborn sports car in Toyota's online configurator. It's a great way to procrastinate.
Cars

Tesla drops cheapest Model S and Model X versions in latest lineup reshuffle

Tesla dropped entry-level Standard Range versions of the Model S and Model X in yet another model shake-up. That leaves just the Long Range and Performance versions of the luxury electric cars.
Product Review

The 2020 Alpina B7 is a BMW 7 Series crossed with a bullet train

Alpina began making hot-rodded BMWs years before anyone heard of an M5. Digital Trends traveled to scenic Bavaria to put the B7, its flagship model, through its paces on a variety of roads.
Cars

Lotus Evija electric supercar is bursting with cutting-edge tech

The Lotus Evija is the latest in a steadily growing crop of electric supercars. Lotus is aiming for 2,000 horsepower, with the fastest-charging battery of any electric car so far.
Cars

You won’t believe how quickly Red Bull changed all four tires on this F1 car

Red Bull has just bagged the record for the fastest pit-lane stop in the history of F1 racing. The team changed all four tires on the racing car in just 1.91 seconds at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
Deals

Walmart extends its Prime Day deals on Schwinn, Razor and Hyper E-Ride ebikes

Amazon Prime Day 2019 may have passed but Walmart doesn't care. Walmart's Google Week and Big Save summer sale continue with excellent deals on five ebikes including two each from Schwinn and Hyper E-Ride and an electric Razor Metro.
Cars

Playing Forza inspired this gamer to 3D-print a Lamborghini for his son

Lamborghini charges about $400,000 for an Aventador S, so Colorado physicist Sterling Backus decided to make one in his garage for $20,000. Working with his son, he is painstakingly 3D-printing the supercar's body panels.
Cars

AWD vs. 4WD: What’s the difference between the two and which is right for you?

Although four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) are related, they are actually quite different in how they operate. Here, we talk about the fundamental differences between the two systems, and what it means for you as a driver.
Cars

Manual vs. automatic vs. CVT: Different types of transmissions explained

From automatic to manual to CVT, there are several types of transmissions in the automotive world. In the battle of automatic versus manual, which wins? We'll help you pick the right gearbox for you.
Cars

Carbuying can be tiring: Here are the best used car websites to make it easier

Shopping for a used car isn't easy, especially when the salesman is looking to make a quick sale. Thankfully, there are plenty of sites aimed at the prospective buyer, whether you're looking for a sedan or a newfangled hybrid.