The Final Observe-Solely Ford GT, the 2023 Ford GT Mk IV | Ford
I moderately like the present Ford GT mannequin, regardless of it having solely a six-cylinder engine and never a basic, monstrous-sounding V8 with plenty of displacement like again within the good outdated days, however manufacturing of this era Ford GT is dwindling down and can come to a full cease quickly, so I assume the executives at Ford wished to do one final hurray, a particular swansong for this superb automotive, therefore they threw the rulebook out, didn’t care about laws, and simply went forward and created the last word Ford GT, which occurs to be unlawful to drive on the open street.
The 2023 Ford GT Mk IV is a restricted manufacturing mannequin, solely 67 might 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,” mentioned Mark Rushbrook, world director, Ford Efficiency Motorsports. “With a fair higher-level of motorsport engineering and efficiency, plus a totally new carbon fiber physique that’s purposeful and placing, the Mk IV is the last 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 might be hand-built on the Multimatic’s facility in Markham, Ontario, and get this … you gained’t be capable of stroll into your native Ford dealership and signal an order type, with a really restricted variety of automobiles out there, there’s a utterly new, bespoke ‘consumer software course of’ simply to get your title on the listing, whereas the ultimate resolution about who will obtain one in all these 67 models will occur in the course of the first quarter of 2023, however these lucky purchasers might be receiving their supercar in late spring 2023 already.
“Multimatic’s transient was to create essentially the most excessive closing model of the Ford GT, and the Mk IV is the end result,” mentioned Larry Holt, govt vp, Multimatic Particular Car Operations Group. “A singular bigger displacement engine, correct racing gearbox, stretched wheelbase and really 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 superb swan music and contemplate it a major 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 crew held nothing again. They redesigned the automotive from scratch with state-of-the-art expertise and engineering out there 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 building with a extra aerodynamic physique and named it the “J-Automotive” 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.