This is the new Ford GT Carbon Edition – the slightly lighter version of the V6-powered supercar. Notice the emphasis on the word ‘slightly’ there? That’s because the use of carbon wheels, a plastic engine cover, a titanium exhaust system and a few other changes has shaved a whopping 18kg off the current model.
Yeah, it’s not a lot is it? Having said that, the Ford GT isn’t exactly a car that was screaming out for some weight reduction. The aforementioned changes and other more minor tweaks, deletion of the cup holders and door bins for example, have brought the kerb weight down to 1,367kg before fluids from 1,385kg.
Putting the underwhelming weight loss to one side, there are some more appealing features on the Ford GT Carbon Edition. Exposed carbon stripes on the outside and carbon sills on the inside, along with those new carbon wheels, do add appeal in terms of the car’s appearance. If you’re not overly keen on the orange accents, there’s no need to worry – it’s one of four colour options that will appear on the stripes, the wing mirrors and the brake calipers.
Other than that, it’s no different to the ‘standard’ GT, not that that’s a bad thing given it’s racing DNA. The 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 is retained and puts out the same 647bhp to the rear wheels. It’s unlikely that the weight reduction will make any noticeable difference in terms of performance.
Despite Ford adding 350 units to the planned 1000 GTs to be produced, it’s still very limited with demand topping supply seven-to-one. The ‘standard’ model is produced at a rate of one per day, another insight as to how limited supply is. The Ford GT Carbon Edition out-does this, however, with the American manufacturer suggesting it will be built at a rapid rate of one per week.
Though no word has been given on how many will be built, how much this special edition will cost or when you can actually get your hands on one, I suspect demand will be just as high as it has been for the standard GT.