Ford's new special edition GT sheds an extra 40 pounds.
After recently announcing that production of the GT has been extended to 1,350 cars through to 2022, the Blue Oval automaker has unveiled a new special edition version of the GT at SEMA. Based on the stripped-out GT Competition Series, the 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series is the lightest model yet, weighing 40 pounds less than the standard GT thanks to a host of new lightweight parts such as carbon fiber wheels, a titanium exhaust, titanium lugnuts and a polycarbonate rear hatch with additional venting.
Unlike the Competition Series, the Carbon Series still features a radio and air-conditioning allowing you to drive to and from the track in comfort, but cupholders and the driver’s side seat storage bin have been removed to save more weight. Since the Carbon Series is designed to set blistering lap times, we don’t think owners will miss these features, somehow.
“The Ford GT Carbon Series stands out on the road with its striking carbon fiber-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 carbon fiber stripes with matching A-pillars, lower body panels and gloss carbon fiber wheels. Inside, the interior features matte carbon fiber sills, air register pods and center console. As the name suggests, the Carbon Series boasts the most exposed carbon fiber of any Ford GT.
Four optional accent colors are available in silver, orange, red or blue for the mirror caps, center stripe and calipers. The Carbon Series also features a unique seat pattern with silver stitching that is repeated on the steering wheel, as well as clear anodized paddle shifters and a unique badge for the instrument panel.
“This is just another example of how we listen to our customers at Ford,” Lance Mosley, marketing manager, Ford Performance, added. “While the Ford GT Competition model appeals to hardcore racing enthusiasts, we found more customers asking for more exposed carbon fiber with the air conditioning and radio still intact. So we developed the Carbon Series to satisfy that need, while providing a distinct look.”
Applications for those hoping to buy a Ford GT will reopen on November 8 and run for 30 days. Ford says approximately one special Carbon Series model can be built each week, meaning that 52 can be built per year. Pricing hasn't been announced, but bear in mind the base Ford GT now costs just under $500,000.