The design process is so intricate that only one example will be built per month.
There were plenty of star cars at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, but one of the standouts was the Ford GT Liquid Carbon. With its clearcoat exposing the supercar's lightweight carbon fiber body in full, the 2020 Ford GT Liquid Carbon looks even more striking than the standard car.
It's a natural evolution of the Ford GT Carbon Fiber Series that was shown at SEMA in 2018, which featured exposed carbon fiber A-pillars and lower body panels. "We knew people would say, 'why can't we do the whole car?' " Dave Pericak, Ford's engineering director of North American unibody applications, told MotorTrend.
With no paint to disguise any imperfections, the design process requires a meticulous attention to detail. "If it doesn't perfectly come together it stands out like a sore thumb," Pericak said. This painstaking process also means the Ford GT Liquid Carbon takes a lot longer to produce than the standard Ford GT. Each body is carefully constructed by hand by carbon-fiber specialist and race-car shop Multimatic in Markham, Ontario.
Since the body is fully exposed, every weave must line up perfectly and the colors also need to match. There's no room for error. In fact, this meticulous process takes three times longer than a regular Ford GT with painted carbon-fiber pieces.
A standard GT can be built in a week, but it takes three weeks to make the Liquid Carbon version. It's a lot of extra work and resources and requires skill and patience, but the result is undeniably impressive. Quite simply, the Ford GT Liquid Carbon is a feast for the eyes.
Pericak predicts around a dozen Liquid Carbon models will be produced each year until the GT's production ends in 2022. Whereas the regular GT will set you back around $500,000, the Liquid Carbon special edition will be priced at around $750,000. As well as unveiling the new GT Liquid Carbon edition at Chicago, Ford announced the GT will receive a slew of updates for the 2020 model year including an extra 13 horsepower, enhanced aerodynamics, improved engine cooling, and adjusted suspension.