Production of the GT ends next year, a finale perhaps?
At the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ford unveiled the GT MKII, a more extreme, track-only version of the Ford GT road car. Production was limited to just 45 examples, each costing $1.2 million. Many of its aggressive aero components like the ginormous rear wing are derived from the Ford GT race car, increasing the downforce by more than 400 percent compared to the road version.
The Ford GT MKII is no longer available to order, but Ford could offer similar track-focused upgrades for the Ford GT's final production run. Photos published by a private Facebook group obtained by Muscle Cars and Trucks show Ford testing a mysterious GT prototype with new components inspired by the MK II.
Production of the GT ends next year, so it looks like Ford is planning to give it a special send-off to mark the end of its 1,350-car production run. The prototype features a prominent roof scoop and fender extractor vents similar to the GT Mk II. It also shares a few styling cues from GT Studio Collection. The GT MK II's rear wing is noticeably absent on the prototype, however, which isn't surprising. Under the hood, Ford increased the output of the GT's 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine from 660 hp to 700 hp in the GT MK II.
It isn't clear if the final run of road-going Ford GTs will get a similar power bump, but it seems very likely. Currently, the Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful car in Ford's roster with 760 hp on tap, but the final-edition GT could soon have that honor.
When asked about the GT prototype, Ford told Muscle Cars and Trucks it's "not Ford Motor Company property," but this could simply mean it's owned by Canada's Multimatic, which partnered with Ford to produce the GT. Hopefully, it won't be long until we find out what Ford is planning for the GT's grand finale.