Ford’s Tribute to its Racing History
Reviving the GT40 Legacy
True classic car enthusiasts around the world rejoiced as Ford Motor Company unveiled the 2023 Ford GT Mk IV. A limited-edition track-only hypercar paying homage to the iconic GT40 that dominated the Le Mans races in the 1960s. Known as the GT40, this legendary machine had secured Ford’s historic 1-2-3 victory in 1966 and another win in 1967. Thus solidifying its place in automotive history. To mark the nearly six-decade journey since its legendary triumphs. Ford has released a modern-day marvel that promised to deliver awe-inspiring performance on the track.
The GT Mk IV’s Signature Features
This limited-edition model, known as the GT Mk IV, is a true masterpiece of engineering and design. Ford has confirmed that it was the last of its kind. Reserved exclusively for track use, following in the footsteps of its racing predecessor.
Moreover, one of the standout features of the 2023 GT Mk IV is its extreme aerodynamics, designed to push the boundaries of performance. The car boasts Ford’s highest levels of handling and power, promising an exhilarating experience on the track. Ford chose to produce only 67 units of the GT Mk IV, in honor of the year it won Le Mans, 1967. The supercars were meticulously handcrafted, adding to its exclusivity and allure.
The Heart of the GT Mk IV
Furthermore, at the heart of this automotive marvel is a specially-engineered twin-turbo Ford Ecoboost engine, delivering a staggering 800 horsepower. The powertrain, coupled with an additional ASV (Multimatic’s Adaptive Spool Valve) suspension system and a bespoke racing gearbox. Ensuring that the GT Mk IV excels on both straightaways and corners, setting new standards for track performance.=
The longer wheelbase of the GT Mk IV has given rise to a distinctive ‘long tail’ carbon fiber body, optimized for ultimate aerodynamics and enhanced performance. The vehicle’s design has paid homage to the iconic Le Mans style, maintaining the sleek, flat-to-the-floor appearance that defined its predecessor. To achieve a lightweight mass and a modern, sleek design, Ford has utilized carbon fiber in constructing the body of the GT Mk IV.
In addition, all 67 of these exclusive vehicles were hand-assembled at Ford’s Multimatic facility in Markham, Ontario. Thus, further emphasizing the attention to detail that went into creating each car. With a price tag of $1.7 million, the GT Mk IV reflects its exceptional performance capabilities and limited availability.
Honoring Racing Legacy
The 2023 Ford GT Mk IV has been a tribute to the legendary Mk II that had achieved the historic 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans in 1966. Building on the technology and legacy of the 1967 Le Mans winner, this supercar has arrived 56 years after its storied victory. The original GT40 remains as iconic as ever, and it was anticipated that the Mk IV would follow suit, leaving an indelible mark on automotive history for generations to come.
Finally, as Ford had once again embraced its Le Mans legacy, the automotive world has eagerly awaited the opportunity to witness this modern marvel in action on the track. Let’s see if it can uphold the legendary reputation of its predecessor for years to come.