The Ford GT has long been the automaker’s high-performance supercar. Already a top performer on race tracks, the GT has just been powered up even more thanks in part to a lighter weight. The Carbon Series treatment has reduced the GT’s weight by 40 pounds by adding carbon fibre wheels with titanium lug nuts. If it was just the wheels that were changed, there wouldn’t be much to report, but the GT is also the beneficiary of a new titanium exhaust system and a polycarbonate engine cover (a little bit of weight was also shaved off by eliminating the cup holders and the driver’s seat storage bin).
Creature comforts like air conditioning and the Sync 3 infotainment system remained, keeping this a car that you’ll want to drive home from the track. The car also sports a stripe of exposed carbon fibre that runs down the centre of the car and is seen on the forward pillars and low side skirts.
That lower weight enhances the performance of the GT’s 3.5 litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. The GT is capable of 647 horsepower with 550 lb-ft of torque, all tied into a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. There’s still the question of how much that 40-pound weight loss will affect an already impressive 216 miles per hour top speed. Regardless of the improvement, there’s no doubt that the GT is going to continue its incredible performance.