Brian Joss – The Ford GT Carbon Series will be shredding tracks soon as the lightest of the road-going Ford supercars – and unlike its sibling racer, will want to be driven home after time sheets are collected.
The new limited-edition model drops approximately 18 kg with a host of lightweighting innovations items such as carbon fibre wheels, a titanium exhaust, titanium wheel nuts and a lightweight polycarbonate rear hatch with additional venting.
Ford engineers added just enough conveniences – air conditioning, a radio and SYNC 3 – for those customers who want to drive to and from the track in comfort. But they drew the line keeping weight in check by removing cupholders and the driver’s side seat storage bin.
The third Ford GT special edition features more visible carbon fibre than any previous model, along with optional accent colours, to stand out from the line-up and communicate its chicane cravings.
“The Ford GT Carbon Series will stand out on the road with its striking, carbon-fibre-rich design and on the track with its athleticism,” says Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance. “It is yet another example of how we can bring to life our Le Mans-winning supercar in new and exciting ways so our customer can share in that magical legacy.”
The exterior boasts two exposed carbon fibre stripes with matching A-pillars, lower body panels and gloss carbon fibre wheels. The interior features matte carbon fibre sills, air register pods and centre console for the most exposed carbon fibre of any Ford GT.
Customers can choose between four optional accent colours – silver, orange, red or blue – for the mirror caps, centre stripe and callipers. The Carbon Series also features a unique seat pattern with silver stitching that is repeated on the steering wheel as well as complementary clear anodised paddle shifters and a unique badge for the instrument panel.
“This is just another example of how we listen to our customers at Ford,” said Lance Mosley, marketing manager, Ford Performance. “While the Ford GT Competition model appeals to hardcore racing enthusiasts, we found more customers asking for more exposed carbon fibre with the air conditioning and radio still intact. So we developed the Carbon Series to satisfy that need, while providing a distinct look.”
Approved customer applicants can order the Ford GT Carbon Series now.
Approximately one special model can be built each week.
Ford also will open the final owner application process for select global markets on Nov. 8. Prospective owners can submit their applications at www.FordGT.com for 30 days.
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