The new MkIV gets a unique long wheelbase chassis, an all-new carbon-fibre “longtail” body, new aero, unique engine and transmission and special Multimatic suspension in order to deliver what Ford says is unrestrained performance. Target power is 800PS (597kW), delivered by a specially engineered twin-turbo version of the EcoBoost engine. The whole car is being put together in Canada by Ford’s build partner on the GT, Multimatic.
“The original GT Mk IV held nothing back for max track performance, and the new Ford GT Mk IV brings it in the same way,” says Ford motorsport chief Mark Rushbrook. “The Mk IV is the ultimate send-off of the third-generation supercar.”
Price of the GT MkIV is $1.7 million, about £1.4 million, and 67 are being built, a number that reflects the year 1967 when the 7.0-litre MkIV dominated the Le Mans 24 Hours with Dan Gurney and A. J. Foyt driving, providing the ideal follow-up to Ford’s sensational 1-2-3 finish with the GT40 MkII at Le Mans the previous year. We can only dream that the new MkIV might have the same opportunity to prove itself in La Sarthe.