You may remember the Ford GT MkIV being revealed at the back end of 2022. The 800bhp+ track-only weapon is set as a special send-off for the second-generation homage to the Le Mans-winning GT40s, and now you can listen to all of its V6 glory having made its public on-track debut.
Designed specifically as a tribute to the 1967 Ford GT40 MkIV, which claimed the American manufacturer’s second win at the endurance race, just 67 of the track-only MkIV are destined to be built. For those at the Velocity Invitational taking place at Sonoma Raceway last weekend, it was a rare chance to see one in the flesh.
Though the footage of its laps of the Californian race track wasn’t what you’d call a hot one, you do get to hear the anger from its unhinged V6 as it goes through the gears. There’s the signature GTE-esque crackle as it downshifts, too.
The MkIV follows on from the MkII as a no-rules take on the regular Ford GT. Its EcoBoost V6 is uprated from 650bhp in the road car and 730bhp in the MkII to “more than” 800bhp. How exactly that power has been added remains under wraps, but Ford states it has a “larger displacement” than the 3.5-litre twin-turbo unit found in the road car.
There’s also a comprehensive reworking of the car’s bodyworks. An even more aggressive aerodynamic package compared with the MkII has been added, including a larger rear wing, a gargantuan front splitter plus turbofan-style covers for the wheels. Full headlights are replaced with covers with thin LEDS, too.
In addition, the MkIV has had its wheelbase extended along with the addition of Multimatic’s Adaptive Spool Valve suspension. The setup uses two spool valves within each damper, which independently control compression and rebound. There’s also the inclusion of a “bespoke racing gearbox”.
We assume every one of the 67 examples of the Ford GT MkIV will have sold by this point. Just in case you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, it comes with a $1.7m price tag (approx. £1.4m).