- The 1967 Ford GT Mk IV inspires the latest Ford GT.
- A larger capacity EcoBoost engine results in 597kW.
- There's also a longer wheelbase and stretched bodywork for a unique look.
Special editions of Ford's GT supercar have come thick and fast towards the end of its seven-year lifespan, with each one promising more exclusivity and provenance than the one before. This run of limited-edition models is now heading for a climactic crescendo with the 2023 Ford GT Mk IV, which pays homage to the original Mk IV that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Only 67 of Ford's most extreme supercar will be built – a number honouring the original 1967 GT Mk IV race car – at Multimatic's facility in Markham, Ontario. If the limited numbers don't ensure exclusivity, the $1.7-million starting price certainly will.
Ford Performance and Multimatic have ensured that the GT's legacy ends on a high note with sweeping refinements made to the engine, bodywork, transmission and chassis. These changes appear to shift its appeal from a road car to one most comfortable on the racetrack.
"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," said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports.
"With an even higher level of motorsport engineering and performance, plus a completely new carbon fibre body that is functional and striking, the Mk IV is the ultimate send-off of the third-generation supercar."
Complex changes to the final interaction are tucked beneath the pronounced "long-tail" bodywork.
For starters, the twin-turbo EcoBoost engine has swollen in displacement to produce 597kW – an improvement of around 130kW when compared to the standard model. That uprated power is rapidly delivered to the rear wheels via a racing-spec transmission. Another key differentiator is the longer wheelbase, which again accurately mimics the 1967 Ford GT Mk IV, which was 23cm longer and explicitly built to dominate global endurance racing.
Global order books are now open, with deliveries expected in the final quarter of 2023. As with previous Ford GTs, potential owners must meet strict requirements before their order is accepted.