This upgrade makes a huge difference to the Ford GT's V6 soundtrack.
Jay Leno owns one of the most eclectic car collections in the world, but not all of them are roadworthy. Before the new season of Jay Leno's Garage premieres on CNBC next month, Jay Leno gives us a look at some of the restoration projects he's been working on at the famous garage. The 24-minute long video starts with a Pontiac Firebird powered by an inline-six engine being restored to its former glory before giving us a look at a 1920s Kleiber and various steam-powered cars.
But the real highlight of the video is Leno's 2017 Ford GT. Leno was one of few people Ford deemed worthy to own the new GT since he also owned the previous-generation car. It probably also helped that Jay Leno's Garage is watched by millions to help Ford generate publicity for the car.
Finished in black with orange racing stripes, Leno's Ford GT is the 12th example to roll off the production line. He paid over $500,000 for the car, including $55,000 worth of extras such as exposed carbon fiber 20-inch wheels. A few years later, Leno is still customizing his Ford GT.
To improve the car's twin-turbocharged V6's soundtrack, Leno upgraded the mid-engine sports car with a titanium exhaust system developed by Heffner Performance. By working with CAD models of the GT, Heffner Performance designed the exhaust system as a bolt-on unit that fits directly on the car, making it remarkably easy to install.
Amazingly, the entire exhaust system weighs less than six pounds and reduces the Ford GT's weight by 30 pounds. It also happens to be the same exhaust system fitted to the track-only Ford GT MKII.
With the titanium exhaust installed in just a few minutes (apparently, it takes longer to remove the GT's stock muffler), Leno gives the GT some revs and it sounds a lot more ferocious than the stock exhaust system. It still may not sound as aggressive as the previous-generation car's supercharged V8, but it's still a noticeable improvement.