Ford GT Buyers Will Have To Pay More For Carbon Fiber Wheels


And we know they all will.

Ford is currently sorting through the 6,506 hopeful GT applicants, with only 500 to be selected. Once notified, those lucky GT owners will have to make some very important decisions, such as their car’s color and whether or not to opt for carbon fiber wheels. That’s right; carbon fiber wheels aren’t standard on the GT as they are on the Shelby GT350R Mustang. Ford has just released details on the GT’s unique carbon fiber wheels and we don’t get why anyone would not want them.

The GT will come with standard 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels, but the optional carbon fiber units are undoubtedly the way to go. Offered in two finishes – matte or a glossy clearcoat – the carbon fiber wheels are the same size as the aluminum ones (8.5 x 20 inches front, and 11.5 x 20 inches rear). Ford claims they are not only lighter but structurally stiffer, and save more than two pounds of unsprung weight per wheel, thus reducing inertia by 25 percent. In addition, these lighter wheels (Ford didn’t reveal the specific weight per wheel) require the suspension to do less work and improves consistent contact with the road surface. This in turn improves traction and overall driver control.

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Steering feel is also improved because less energy is needed to accelerate or turn the wheels. Efficiency is also better because less energy is required to get the wheel spinning. So, how much will these optional wheels cost? Ford didn’t say but we doubt it’ll be an issue for anyone ponying up $450,000 for a new GT.