TRACK-ONLY, £1m FORD GT MK II

Ford has launched a track-only version of its supercar, called the Ford GT Mk II. Revisions over the standard GT include improved aerodynamics, a new chassis setup and more power. Production is limited to just 45 examples, each costing $1.2 million (around £950,000).

Aerodynamic upgrades include a large dual-element rear spoiler, a functional rear diffuser, a new front splitter and a set of dive planes and louvres for the front wings. Ford claims these changes provide the GT Mk II with 400 per cent more downforce than its road-going sibling and, in conjunction with its chassis upgrades, up to 2G of lateral grip.

Ford’s chassis revisions for the GT Mk II stretch to a set lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport racing tyres, uprated shock absorbers and larger carbon ceramic Brembo brakes front and rear. The road car’s adjustable ride height and drive modes have also been removed, cutting 150kg from the track toy’s kerb weight.

The GT Mk II is powered by the same turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine as the road car but has been tuned to develop 690bhp - the most powerful version of the Ford GT ever made. The extra performance is supported by a large air-to-air intercooler and better ducting.

Inside, the Ford GT Mk II gets a unique Sparco racing seat, a six-point racing harness and a Motec digital gauge cluster, which doubles as a display for the car’s rear view camera. Buyers can also spec a passenger seat as an optional extra.