The teaser image shows a huge rear wing
A more track-focused Ford GT is coming, according to an image shared on Instagram. Posted by Multimatic, the teaser shows only a shadowy silhouette of the car, but we can make out a few key details that let us know what we’re looking at.
First are the Ford GT’s signature C-shaped LED accent lights. Second, and what makes clear this variant will improve the car’s capability, is the massive rear wing that can be seen hovering above the rear end. It looks to span nearly the entire width of the body, with an aggressive angle of attack that will keep the car firmly planted. A central roof-mounted scoop can be discerned too, likely providing more airflow to boost power from the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6.
The hashtags give clues as to when we can expect to see the car. FOS is an abbreviation for Festival of Speed, the annual motorsports gathering at the Goodwood estate in England, from July 4-7. In 2017, a standard Ford GT completed the event’s renowned hillclimb in 54.54 seconds—surely this new version will only improve on that.
Multimatic is the Canadian automotive supplier contracted by Ford to assemble the GT. The firm is an expert in carbon fiber manufacturing, and its spool-valve suspension dampers are fitted to the GT. Multimatic is also known for its work on the Aston Martin Vulcan and Red Bull Formula 1 cars.
In our First Drive of the Ford GT, we praised the car’s violent acceleration, superb high-speed stability, and “calm, concise, constant dialogue with the chassis through your fingers and toes and the seat of your pants.” While we experienced those traits lapping Big Willow during our First Test, the numbers the GT posted had us wondering if its $453,750 USD starting price is worth it. After all, with a lap time of 1:23.69, it’s over 2.5 seconds behind the $100,000 USD cheaper Porsche 911 GT2 RS Weissach and under 1.5 seconds ahead of the about-$100,000 USD Chevrolet Corvette Z06. We hope this aero-optimized GT will silence our critiques and solidify its place as a track weapon.
Expect to learn more about this new aero-optimized Ford GT as the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed approaches.