Ford has just announced a limited production series of the Ford GT supercar. The Carbon series GT will be 18kg lighter than the standard GT which weighs 1,385kg. This weight reduction has been accomplished by installing a full titanium exhaust system, use of a lightweight polycarbonate rear hatch with extra ventilation for the engine. The standard wheels and wheel nuts have been replaced by carbon-fibre wheels with titanium wheel nuts. Ford has gone so far as to remove the cupholders and storage bins in the name of weight saving.
The GT Carbon series car will receive carbon finishes on the lower body panels, the A-pillars and signature stripes, as well as on the central console and sills inside. Customers can personalise their cars and pick from the four accent colors on offer – silver, red, orange and blue. The colours will be visible on the wing mirrors, brake calipers and in the piping of the central stripes. On the inside, the GT Carbon series cars will receive anodised paddleshifters and a unique silver contrast stitching across the cabin. On the mechanical front, nothing has changed. The GT Carbon will continue with the 3.5 litre, turbocharged V6 unit that produces 657hp and 746Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.
When the GT launched it was supposed to have a 1,000-car production run, but due to the extremely high demand for the car, Ford decided to extend the production run by 350 units. The limited Carbon series is essentially a middle ground between the standard GT and the US-only Competition series. All customers approved by Ford can request for a Carbon series car, but being a limited-edition model, only a handful will get the allocations.
Ford is planning to build one special edition car a week, and will re-open the applications for the GT for the last time on November 8, 2018. A price premium is to be expected over the standard car which was priced £4,20,000 at launch.
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