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New lightweight Ford GT Carbon Series revealed

New lightweight Ford GT Carbon Series revealed
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Alex Ingram

2018-10-30 13:20

Special edition Ford GT Carbon Series model trims 18kg from regular GT's weight and gains a range of cosmetic tweaks

Ford GT Carbon Series - front

This is the Ford GT Carbon Series: a special edition of the brand’s mid-engined supercar, which makes weight saving its primary focus.

The most striking introduction to help trim the pounds comes in the form of the carbon fibre wheels. The 10-spoke rims feature a gloss finish and are held in place by five lightweight titanium bolts - a material also used for a new exhaust system.

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These items, and a new polycarbonate engine cover, contribute to an overall saving of 18kg compared to the standard car, dropping its dry weight to 1,367kg.

A range of cosmetic tweaks also help to make the Carbon Series unique. The traditional double stripes are created by exposing the body’s bare carbon below the paint, while a contrasting centre pin stripe, available in silver, orange, red or blue, is part of an accent package which also colours the door mirror caps and brake calipers.

Further exposed carbon is on show on the A-pillars, front splitter and rear diffuser, while inside the bare carbon theme continues through the door sills, centre console and air vents, all of which are in a matte finish.

The GT’s cabin makes one or two modest concessions to the weight saving plan - the removal of cup holders and driver’s side storage bin contribute to an extra few grams lost - but it still keeps the standard car’s SYNC 3 infotainment system and air conditioning system.

Other interior details include silver stitching on both the seats and the steering wheel, unique badging on the instrument panel and gearshift paddles in a silver anodised finish.

Order books for the Ford GT Carbon Series open from 8 November. If you want one, you’ll need to be quick: applications for the special model are only available on Ford’s dedicated GT website for 30 days.

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