The Ford GT is one of the most in-demand and limited cars on the market today. It might, therefore, be surprising that the company still releases special editions of this car. Last year, the Dearborn-based carmaker celebrated its past victories in the Le Mans races by introducing the 1966 Heritage Edition. This year, it has tried to reach out to competitors who drive on smaller stages by unveiling the Competition Series. The new lightweight GT model is track-focused, with a lower center of gravity as a result of the increased use of lighter materials such as carbon fiber.
Raj Nair, Ford’s Executive Vice President of Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer, asserts that racing flows in the blood of Ford GT. He adds that the Competition Series was designed to suit the needs of the most ardent track enthusiast, and the car provides a customized set of lightweight options that are matched by a distinctive design.
Carbon fiber is already the highlight in the 1,385-kilogram (or 3,054 pounds) structure of the Ford GT. In the Competition Series, Ford adds extra carbon and substitutes several pieces and components with lighter alternatives. Wheels made of carbon fiber are a standard feature of the car, and titanium nuts are used to bolt them on. In addition, a titanium exhaust comes as standard. To cut on weight, the car’s engine hatch cover is made of Perspex acrylic, and the prop rod is made using carbon fiber. The Gorilla Glass that is installed behind the driver is also thinned-out.
The new GT also has a gloss carbon stripping down the midsection and carbon fiber mirror covers, lower body trim and A-pillars. The carbon fiber spree continues in the car’s interior where it is seen on the registers, door sills and the console. The progressive look is enhanced by the instrument panel badge and anodized red paddle shifters.
Luxuries that are considered non-essential including AC, stereo and infotainment equipment, cup holders and storage bins have been done away with. The space that would have been filled by the infotainment screen is occupied by a unique central console plate. The steering wheel, which is designed with an F-1 look, has a special front design that takes up the space of the missing infotainment controls.
That being said, Ford guarantees that all the important driving features stay the same. Therefore, potential customers can look forward to the thrilling roar of the V6 647-horsepower ecoboost engine and airflow efficiency of the enhanced aerodynamics. The drive is certain to be more exhilarating since not only is the car lighter overall, but its center of gravity is also lower due to the weight cuts at its higher areas.
The competition series is being offered in North America for all model years of the limited GT. The car comes in six colors—frozen white, triple yellow, shadow black, ingot silver, liquid grey and liquid blue. Ford is exhibiting the car at the Daytona 500 this weekend. This is not a coincidence since Daytona is where the Ford GT number 66 race car won in the GTLM class at Rolex 24 just last month.
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