Ford has unveiled the ultimate track-only variant of the third-generation GT, which is claimed to offer the highest level of performance and handling of all of its predecessors, thanks to revised underpinnings and improved aerodynamics. The 2023 Ford GT Mk IV will be produced in a limited number of 67 units by Multimatic, as a nod to the original Mk IV race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1967.
Starting with the exterior, the 2023 Ford GT Mk IV is instantly recognizable as a GT, but it features a completely redesigned carbon fiber body with a longer wheelbase and long-tail configuration. The larger body-color LED headlights, the lower nose has NACA-style louvres, the wider fenders allow more room for cooling intakes, the alloy wheels have aerodynamic hoods, and the aero components are more prominent than in previous iterations.
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Another cool feature is the semi-exposed front wheels in profile, thanks to the cutout on the vented front fenders. In the rear, the fixed rear spoiler with redesigned contours and dual tailpipes isn’t as large as on the 2019 Ford GT Mk II, but remains eye-catching features along with the vented hood, race-spec diffuser, and extended rear overhang. The bumper covers the sides of the LED taillights.
Underneath the eye-catching exterior is a revised version of the twin-turbo Ecoboost engine with a larger displacement. The plant is expected to produce more than 800 bhp (588 kW / 811 PS), without any restrictions associated with road legal status. Power is transmitted to the rear axle through a “suitable racing gearbox”. Ford didn’t provide any acceleration figures, but Larry Holt, executive vice president of the Multi Special Vehicle Operations Group, promised an “unprecedented level of performance.”
Along with the longer wheelbase, more powerful engine, and reworked aerodynamics, the GT Mk IV features unique chassis setups, including Adaptive Suspension (ASV).
Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance Motorsports, called the Ford GT Mk IV “the ultimate third generation supercar”. The most extreme Ford GT ever for the track is already available only to order from the official website, with a starting price “expected in the $1.7 million range” before taxes, title and registration fees.
Each of the 63 owners will receive confirmation in the first quarter of 2023, before deliveries begin in late spring. Multimatic will be responsible for the production, sale and service of the limited production supercar to be built at the Markham plant in Ontario. Keep in mind that production of the Ford GT road car will end by the end of this year with the 2022 Ford GT LM.
Ford also remembered the original GT Mk IV from 1967 which was the inspiration for the new track-only supercar. The classic title-winning race car at 1967 Le Mans has been significantly reworked compared to the Mk II that triumphed 1-2-3 at Le Mans in 1966. It sits on a lightweight chassis with a monolithic aluminum honeycomb structure, and features an engine Ford V8 427, transmission with independent cooling system, completely redesigned body with greater aerodynamics measuring 9 inches longer than its predecessors.
2023 Ford GT Mk IV
1967 Ford GT Mk IV
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