I quite like the present Ford GT mannequin, regardless of it having solely a six-cylinder engine and never a basic, monstrous-sounding V8 with loads of displacement like again within the good outdated days, however manufacturing of this era Ford GT is dwindling down and can come to a full cease quickly, so I assume the executives at Ford needed to do one final hurray, a particular swansong for this wonderful automobile, therefore they threw the rulebook out, didn’t care about laws, and simply went forward and created the final word Ford GT, which occurs to be unlawful to drive on the open highway.
The 2023 Ford GT Mk IV is a restricted manufacturing mannequin, solely 67 will likely be constructed, as an homage to the unique Mk IV that took the victory on the grueling 1967 24 hours of Le Mans, the 2023 mannequin will get a bespoke physique, a customized powertrain and suspension setup, created by Ford Efficiency and Multimatic, that is essentially the most excessive Ford GT ever with an unconstrained efficiency from a singular to this mannequin twin-turbo EcoBoost engine, add a racing transmission, some spectacular, purely aero-focused exterior design, and even an extended wheelbase chassis for improved on-track dealing with.
“The unique GT Mk IV held nothing again for max observe efficiency, and the brand new Ford GT Mk IV brings it in the identical manner,” stated Mark Rushbrook, world director, Ford Efficiency Motorsports. “With an excellent higher-level of motorsport engineering and efficiency, plus a very new carbon fiber physique that’s purposeful and placing, the Mk IV is the final word sendoff of the third-generation supercar.”
The 2023 Ford GT Mk IV pays homage to the win again in 1967 with simply 67 models of this $1,700,000 (base MSRP) supercar that will likely be hand-built on the Multimatic’s facility in Markham, Ontario, and get this … you received’t have the ability to stroll into your native Ford dealership and signal an order type, with a really restricted variety of automobiles accessible, there’s a utterly new, bespoke ‘consumer utility course of’ simply to get your identify on the checklist, whereas the ultimate choice about who will obtain considered one of these 67 models will occur in the course of the first quarter of 2023, however these lucky shoppers will likely be receiving their supercar in late spring 2023 already.
“Multimatic’s transient was to create essentially the most excessive remaining model of the Ford GT, and the Mk IV is the end result,” stated Larry Holt, govt vp, Multimatic Particular Car Operations Group. “A singular bigger displacement engine, correct racing gearbox, stretched wheelbase and actually radical physique has resulted in an unprecedented stage of efficiency. We’re proud to have been part of the third-generation GT from its inception to this wonderful swan tune and contemplate it a big chapter in Multimatic’s historical past.”
Ford GT Mk IV has a historical past of technological advances
Constructing on Ford GT Mk II’s triumphant 1966 1-2-3 Le Mans end, Ford’s improvement staff held nothing again. They redesigned the automobile from scratch with state-of-the-art expertise and engineering accessible to create the 1967 Ford GT Mk IV.
To leverage new materials science benefits, Ford’s engineers and Kar Kraft developed a brand new light-weight chassis utilizing adhesive bonded honeycombed-aluminum development with a extra aerodynamic physique and named it the “J-Automobile” as a result of it was constructed to the brand new FIA Appendix J guidelines. Mixed with the well-known 427 Ford V-8 (7L) engine and a particular transaxle with its personal cooling system that carried energy to the rear wheels the 1967 Ford GT Mk IV was 9 inches longer and constructed particularly to dominate world endurance racing.