Third special edition Ford GT goes lightweight

‘Race on Sunday, drive to work on Monday’ has often been the dream of enthusiasts who can get the best of both worlds without having to buy two cars – and both are equally capable in the different environments. This is what the engineers strived to provide when the developed the Ford GT and with the Carbon Series, they have also created the lightest of the road-going Ford supercars.

The new limited-edition version drops 18 kgs of overall weight with a host of lightweighting innovations such as carbonfibre wheels with lugnuts of titanium, a titanium exhaust, and a polycarbonate rear hatch with additional venting.

This third Ford GT special edition features more visible carbonfibre than any previous version, along with optional accent colours to stand out from the line-up and communicate its other character for ‘Sunday drives’.

“The Ford GT Carbon Series stands out on the road with its striking carbonfibre-rich design and on the track with its athleticism,” said 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 customers can share in that magical legacy.”

The exterior boasts two exposed carbonfibre stripes with matching A-pillars, lower body panels and gloss carbon fibre wheels. The interior features matte carbonfibre sills, air register pods and centre console for the most exposed carbonfibre of any Ford GT.

Customers can choose between four optional accent colours – silver, orange, red or blue – for the mirror caps, centre stripe and brake calipers. The Carbon Series also features a unique seat pattern with silver stitching that is repeated on the steering wheel, as well as complementary clear anodized paddle shifters and a unique badge for the instrument panel.

Ford engineers added just enough conveniences – air conditioning, a radio and the SYNC3 user interface – for those customers who want to drive to and from the track in comfort. But they drew the line to keep the weight in check by removing cupholders and the driver’s side seat storage bin. Strangely, we didn’t think empty containers would add weight but probably the trim and mounting hardware do add up.

“This is just another example of how we listen to our customers at Ford,” explained Lance Mosley, Marketing Manager for Ford Performance. “While the Ford GT Competition model appeals to hardcore racing enthusiasts, we found more customers asking for more exposed carbonfibre with the air conditioning and radio still intact. So we developed the Carbon Series to satisfy that need, while providing a distinct look.”

From this Thursday (November 8) for the next 30 days, Ford will reopen the application process for those seeking to be selected to buy a GT (you can’t simply order one and get it even if you have the money). The first 500 cars have already been allocated and so there are another 850 units to be purchased. Customers who qualify can specify the Carbon Series package but only one such version will be built each week.

There’s no guarantee that you can get a Ford GT but you can get a Mustang in Malaysia from Sime Darby Auto Connexion. Visit www.sdacford.com.my for more information.

[Chips Yap]