The ‘MkII’ name is an important one in Ford history, as it was applied to the first evolution of the classic GT40 when the engineers decided to fit a 7.0-litre Galaxie NASCAR engine to it. And this nameplate has re-emerged in 2019 for the GT supercar, with Ford debuting a track-only variant at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Created by Ford Performance and Multimatic, this is a limited-run special that’s neither road-legal nor aimed at specific race series – it’s a pure track toy with an incredible spec. The 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 puts out 700bhp, while the body wears aggressive aerodynamic upgrades that enable it to create over 400% more downforce than the road car; the huge dual-element rear wing helps to achieve this, along with the new front splitter, diffuser, wing louvres and dive planes. The combination of Michelin Pilot Sport race tyres and race-spec suspension imbue it with 2g of lateral grip; a roof snorkel feeds extra coolers for the engine, clutch and transmission, while inside you’ll find a Sparco race seat – the passenger seat is optional. The ultimate playboy toy?