Ford has also presented a new retro special edition at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.
While the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has hogged all the limelight lately, Ford Performance wants to focus your attention back on the GT supercar. At the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, the Blue Oval automaker has presented two striking special editions of the mid-engine supercar, while the standard car has also received some welcome upgrades.
For the 2020 model year, the Ford GT has been given a power increase to 660 horsepower, an increase of 13 hp over the outgoing model. In addition, the GT's 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 boasts a broader torque band and revised engine calibration compared to the 2019 model, as well as mechanical upgrades including gallery-cooled pistons and higher-energy ignition coils. These improvements were implemented thanks to the experience gained from developing the limited-edition, track-only Ford GT Mk II.
New buttress air ducts are also designed to increase airflow by 50 percent while larger intercoolers keep the charge air temperatures cooler. To further enhance the GT's handling and stability during high-speed track driving, the suspension damping is increased in track mode.
Rounding off the 2020 Ford GT updates is a new premium Akrapovic titanium exhaust that now comes as standard, which is nine pounds lighter than the previous system.
"Ford GT continues to be the pinnacle of Ford performance," said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. "GT is always the ultimate expression of Ford racing innovation, and as we know from the 1966 Le Mans through today, that means constantly raising our game for our customers as well as earning the checkered flag."
Ford is also offering two new appearance packages for the 2020 GT. First up is the clearcoat Ford GT Liquid Carbon, which fully exposes the GT's lightweight sculpted carbon fiber body. As standard, the Ford GT Liquid Carbon features carbon fiber wheels, while owners can choose titanium lugnuts, six-point racing harness anchors, five interior options and five caliper colors.
Further personalization is available with two striking stripe options, including the dual center stripes offered on the standard Ford GT or the single stripe on the Carbon Series, as well as optional painted mirror caps. The stripes and mirror caps are available in seven standard paint colors or customers can choose from an extended color palette. For the first time, these features can be ordered independently of one another.
For the 2020 model year, the Ford GT Heritage Edition has been updated with a new design featuring a black pinstripe dividing the blue and orange colors in a nod to the Ford GT40 that won the 1968 and 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans. The optional carbon-fiber number switches from 9 on the 2019 model to 6 for 2020 to match the Le Mans-winning chassis No. 1075 GT40. Carbon fiber wheels are also now available for the first time on a heritage model instead of aluminum alloys.
"Our team is very focused on delivering a car that exceeds customer expectations," said Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager. "The black pinstripe and carbon fiber wheels have been highly requested with the Gulf livery, so we committed to making that happen."
Deliveries of the upgraded 2020 Ford GT are ongoing, with production slated to end in 2022.