The newly unveiled Ford GT Mk II didn’t look very steady while wobbling up Goodwood Festival Of Speed’s hillclimb.
Earlier last week, Ford unveiled the swan song of the second generation Ford GT. Rather than make a slightly better GT with even more carbon fiber and an even higher price tag, Ford pulled out all the stops, gave the GT a Le Mans-inspired aerodynamic body and threw out the Le Mans rulebook to give it over 700 hp.
They called it the GT Mk II, and it’s most definitely not road legal. It’s a $1.2 million track toy that promises to have the most performance of any vehicle Ford has ever made.
What we were expecting to debut at Goodwood was a planted and poised supercar that made the hillclimb race look like a breeze. Instead, we saw a car that almost seemed to fight with every one of Goodwood’s curves just to stay on the track.
As you can see in the video, the Mk II has a distinct wobbling gate throughout its Goodwood run. This can likely be explained by a suspension that was tuned for greater speed and a smoother track. Goodwood is a well-paved road, but it’s not a pristine race track like you’d find at the Indy 500, and that could be causing the Mk II to struggle.
Or it could be the tires. Most Le Mans-style racers like the Mk II spend laps heating their slick tires to get maximum traction, but Ford didn’t have the benefit of a warm-up lap. The driver’s wobbles could be just a sign of a desperate struggle to heat the rubber to get enough grip.
The video ends without a posted time, but judging by the silence from Ford’s camp, we’re guessing it’s nothing to write home about.
We've no doubt that the Ford GT Mk II is capable of extreme performance, but like any race car, that performance comes with provisos. It can only achieve extreme speed when it's tuned to the track that its to race on, so if Ford's engineers guessed wrong about Goodwood's conditions, then performance suffers. Also, race tires such as the ones placed on the Mk II need to be hot for maximum traction. Without some warming up, the driver can't push the Mk II to anywhere near its performance envelope.
Still, not a great debut for a company looking to sell their track-tuned supercars at $1.2 million each.