- ford has released a teaser for a mysterious version of the gt that will make its debut at the goodwood festival of speed next month.
- it has a large wing and a roof scoop that look similar to those of the now defunct gt race cars.
- we think it could be a track-only version of the supercar that will be sold to customers.
ahead of the goodwood festival of speed, which starts on july 4, ford has released a shadowy teaser of a mysterious gt supercar that portends a "special ford gt announcement" that it will be making at the festival. the press conference will be made by hermann salenbauch, the global director of ford performance, and larry holt, the chief technical officer of multimatic.
we've enhanced the teaser image to try to reveal some additional details, with middling results, but what we can see is quite interesting. immediately differentiating this gt from the standard production cars are a massive rear wing and a roof scoop like those found on the now discontinued race car. so, could this be just a new version of the race car, maybe one in a final send-off livery that will compete in some special race?
we don't think so. the headlights, for one thing, are the production car's units, instead of the three round beams of the racers. the large rear wing looks wider and has taller side panels than the race car's, and the roof scoop seems taller as well. it also seems to be missing the deeper front splitter and hunkered-down stance of the race cars, and unlike the racers it seems to have big vents on the front fenders. bumping the photo's contrast even further reveals a sparco logo on the driver's seat—but we can't see a passenger seat—and what might be an interior roll cage.
with all of that in mind, there are two things we think this mystery gt could be. the first is a hard-core racing-inspired version of the road car, something in the vein of a porsche 911 gt3 rs. but more likely is the possibility of this being a track-only customer car like the mclaren senna gtr, which wouldn't be tied to any racing series. ford has always pushed the gt as being basically a race car for the street, with the development of the race car directly affecting the road car and vice versa, and a track-only version would be a full circle realization of the program. whatever it is, we'll know more next month.
in addition to this new gt, ford will be showcasing a host of awesome cars at the festival of speed. the new shelby mustang gt500 and the not-for-the-u.s. focus st will be making their u.k. debuts when they race up the 1.16-mile hill-climb. other fords running up the hill will include one of the gt race cars, a nascar fusion, a fiesta wrc rally car, a 1980 zakspeed turbo capri race car, two of ken block's crazily modified rides, and vaughn gittin jr.'s mustang rtr drift car. oh, and a ranger will show its stuff on an off-road course, just to balance out the racing a little bit.