Just 67 will be made, each with a "long tail" body constructed from carbon fiber.
Ford has just revealed yet another special edition based on the GT supercar, but this one is particularly noteworthy as it's a track-only monster with a new engine developing "more than 800 horsepower." Developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic, the 2023 Ford GT Mk IV comes with a unique body, powertrain, and suspension.
While the Ford GT LM Edition revealed in October was the final iteration of a road-going third-generation GT, this is the final GT of any sort until a replacement is made, and Ford will be very selective about who gets the opportunity to purchase one of these.
Just 67 examples of the track toy will be produced as a nod to the original 1967 GT Mk IV race car, and each will feature "a unique twin-turbo EcoBoost engine" targeting "more than 800 hp," a racing transmission, and a chassis with a longer wheelbase designed to improve handling. The standard road car, in case you were wondering, features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 660 hp, but this one will have a larger displacement - the exact size of which remains unknown.
"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 fiber body that is functional and striking, the Mk IV is the ultimate sendoff of the third-generation supercar."
Multimatic executive vice president Larry Holt says that the vehicle boasts "a unique larger displacement engine, proper racing gearbox, stretched wheelbase and truly radical body," but Ford has not revealed specific details on any of these upgrades. However, we do know that these will be hand-built at Multimatic's facility in Markham, Ontario.
When the third-gen GT was first made available, Ford was very particular about who could buy one. The automaker wanted enthusiasts, not resellers, to have the privilege of ownership, and this led to a well-publicized drama unfolding when actor and former pro wrestler John Cena sold his example against the Blue Oval's wishes. Ford will do its utmost to avoid such a fracas with this version.
Similarly, a new client application process will screen potential owners, each of whom will have to hand over at least $1.7 million before options, with client selections to be confirmed in the first quarter of 2023. Deliveries are scheduled for late spring 2023.
If you think that's a bit too snobbish, or you'd rather have a Ford GT-based race car with a power plant that is more closely related to that of the original, a company called GT1 is producing 1,500-hp carbon-bodied GTs with twin-turbocharged Roush-sourced 427 V8 engines (the original '67 Mk IV had a 427 V8), and these will be even rarer, with only 30 to be made.